Italy, stretching into the middle of the Mediterranean, is one of the most visited countries in the world. While modern Italy is a vastly different place to its ancient ancestor, the awe-inspiring majesty of the Roman Empire can still be glimpsed in thousands of historic sites all around the country.
Venice is one of the most visited cities in Europe. This famous, romantic city is slowly sinking into marshy foundations, so travellers are advised to visit before it vanishes forever. Hang out in St. Mark’s Square; stroll through tiny cobblestone alleys, and cross the Bridge of Sighs, which connects the former halls of justice to the city prison. Venice is hideously expensive, but survivable, particularly if you are willing to graze on pizza sold by street vendors. Venice in the summer is the most hideous place imaginable, with streets as crowded as a New York subway during rush hour.
One of the best ways to explore the city is to walk across the famous waterways or canals. Typically, visitors can cover the smaller islands within a few hours, without getting tires. Literally, there are no flights in Venice. The closest airport is located in Mestre, a few kilometers away from the main city. Vaporetti, a name for water taxis, is one of the most convenient ways to cruise around the city. You will be surprised to see that the water level rises over the streets and the high tide lasts for quite a few hours.
Some of the key places to visit are St. Mark’s courtyard, Doge’s place and different museums including the glass museum. If you wish to experience the workings of the astronomical clock, then you must sign up for a special behind-the-clock tour. The visit to the city shall not be complete without a ride in the Gondola. While they can be a little more expensive, they are worth a try if you wish to experience the authentic Italian culture.