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Take a gondola ride in Venice

In my last post, I asked for my viewers to select which location I feature next. You have spoken, and the winner is: Venice, Italy!

Venice, Italy, is located in the northeastern part of the country and consists of 118 islands separated by canals. Venice is known around the world for its beautiful landscape, unique arrangement and stunning architecture and history.

Venice has much to offer; my travel group was only allowed one day in Venice, so we definitely missed out on a lot. However, we tried to do as much as possible. I recommend doing at least these five activities:

1. Eat gelato. Italy is known for its yummy gelato, a dessert similar to ice cream with natural ingredients and bursting taste. Flavors come in anything from raspberry to dark chocolate to hazelnut. I’m not going to lie; I ate gelato every day that we were in Italy (which was about a week total). Fans rave about all gelato shops, so don’t worry about finding a specific one.

2. Take a gondola ride, especially down the Main Canal. Your gondolier will more than likely be overflowing with stories of the history of the city and gondolas in general. My gondolier, Sebastian, was following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps with his career choice. This is a great way to get a tour of the city and learn more information about Venice. Prices are based on the amount of passengers and amount of time spent in the gondola. My friends and I were able to ride for about $30.

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3. Visit Saint Mark’s Basilica, the most famous of Venice’s churches. It lies in the Piazza San Marco, the city’s main square. The church has been nicknamed “church of gold” and rightly so, as you’ll see its gold mosaics and exquisite detail both outside in inside.

4. Go to the top of St. Mark’s Campanile, the bell tower also located in Piazza San Marco. This is one of the city’s symbols  and stands at a proud 323 feet tall. My friends and I traveled to the top (there is an elevator!) and enjoyed the beautiful view of the city below. I definitely recommend stopping by this tower.

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5. Finally, make sure to see Rialto Bridge, one of the four bridges that cross over the Grand Canal. This bridge is the oldest bridge across the canal, and tourists flock from all over just to see its structure. Around the bridge is the marketplace, so while you’re in the area, stop by and purchase some Venetian gifts for family back home.

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There you have it! Venice, Italy, is a wonderful destination for tourists, with much to do for everyone. I hope you can make it to this beautiful city at some point on your travels. The city is, in fact, sinking, so don’t put off visiting this one-of-a-kind place! 😉

If you do eventually go to Venice in the future, what is one thing  from my list you will definitely not miss?

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7 thoughts on “Take a gondola ride in Venice

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  2. What a beautiful description of Venice! When I was last in Europe, I did not stop there unfortunately. But next time, this will not happen! I would love to experience the gondola rides and gelato shops:) Hopefully Venice will not sink entirely before I visit haha:)

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