Venice Journals

City on the Water

A June 2004 trip to Venice by leopardgrrrl88

Bridge of Sighs Photo, Venice, Italy More Photos
Quote: This journal is about the day I spent in Venice.

The Grand Canal

Attraction | "Gondola Ride"

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Gondola rides are a blast. They are available on the Grand Canal in Venice. When the group I was with went on the ride, four people went in each gondola. The drivers were clothed in what is considered traditional wear for them: black pants; a black-and-white, striped shirt; and a hat with a red ribbon. The gondolas have plush seats and are very comfortable. You get an amazing view of Venice as you travel the canal, and be sure to take your camera along for the ride - you can get some great photographs. I also had the pleasure of seeing where they filmed the canal scene in “The Italian Job;” the driver pointed this out to us. Whether you are looking for the novelty of a gondola ride, something t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2005

The Grand Canal
Through the Central Districts
Venice, Italy

Murano

Attraction | "Visit with the Glassblowers of Murano"

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Murano is a great Venetian glass factory to tour. As one of the originals, it has quite a bit of history and interesting information to be learned along the tour. You get to visit the Murano showroom, see a demonstration of how the glass is made, and even learn how the glass is colored. Also, you learn the secret to telling the difference between a genuine Murano piece and a knockoff. Real Murano has a certain symbol on each piece, while the knockoffs do not. At the end of the tour, you get to enter their magnificent store to shop, and they offer a discount on a certain piece for each tour group. This is a relaxing environment where you can purchase a true Italian souvenir.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2005

Murano
Glass-blowing island
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Square/Piazza San Marco

Attraction | "Piazza San Marco"

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The piazza is a great location to relax and people-watch. You can also get a laugh out of watching people chase the enormous pigeons that reside in Venice. It is a rather large square full of tourists of all nationalities and many vendors. The square is surrounded by shops on almost all sides, ranging from local shops and touristy stores all the way up to high-end designers. Of course, San Marco's stands on one side of this square, hence the square's name. From the piazza, you get a spectacular view of San Marco's - you can see the magnificent architecture and painting on its exterior. The piazza is crowded, yet remains somehow relaxing. I enjoyed walking along it looking at souvenirs while...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2005

St. Mark's Square/Piazza San Marco

Venice, Italy 30124

Bridge of Sighs

Attraction

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The Bridge of Sighs is a must-see in Venice. Historically, the window on this bridge was the last view of the outside world that criminals ever saw; they passed through the bridge on their way to prison. The bridge gained its name as a result of the fact that many criminals sighed as they realized that the view from the window on the bridge was their last glimpse at freedom. Of course, the bridge is no longer used in this manner, but has remained a historical sight worth seeing. When I looked at the Bridge of Sighs, I could almost see the prisoners stopping at the window and sighing; I felt like I had stepped back in time to a point when the bridge was still in use. This bridge is an important pi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2005

Bridge of Sighs

Venice, Italy

City of Love

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Bridge of Sighs Photo, Venice, Italy
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Venice is an incredible city. When I visited Venice, I fell in love with the city. Obviously, Venice is surrounded by water, which is a sight in itself. Everywhere you look, canals full of blue water appear where you would expect to see roads. Gondolas elegantly travel these canals, full of couples in love and dear friends. There is a romantic air to Venice, and you cannot help but feel light and carefree in such an environment. One of the first things I did in this magical city was to go for a gondola ride. Our gondola driver was dressed in exactly the type of outfit you would expect: the black pants, striped shirt, and hat. As we paddled through the city, we got to see the actual shooting...Read More