Posted by Carter | Under Vacation plans
Wednesday Jul 23, 2014
Ahhh, Venice: Molto Bene!
A city known for its abundant history and ravishing looks, Venice can sometimes feel as though every crumbling building, atmospheric alleyway and sun drenched square has been photographed, sketched, swooned over and yes, “sighed” over by a never ending line of culture seeking travelers. So, how does one go about the daunting task of creating a one of a kind itinerary for a city that is always teeming with tourists? Our advice: don’t over think it and rest assured that there are still a few hidden gems left to be discovered in this vastly explored city.
Spend some time making memories of your own; attend a soccer match, take a cooking class, participate in a festival, belly up to the bar and have a beer with the locals–you get the point. There are countless ways to experience Venice in a unique way and an array of bridges, canals, backstreets and shops that hurried travelers never see. The important thing is that you live in the moment, appreciate your surroundings and enjoy the time you are spending with your travel companions. Quirkiness aside, it isn’t wise to completely neglect visiting every site of cultural significance just for the sake of being different, so here are a few (slightly clichéd) must sees:
Basilica di San Marco
Just because you’re not the first to experience something, doesn’t make it any less spectacular. After all, creating Venice’s iconic architectural treasure took nearly 800 years of painstaking labor, a band of creative Venetian merchants and one saintly barrel of lard; the least you could do is make an appearance.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Housed in the famous Heiresses’ former estate is an impressive assortment of creative works that are collectively considered to be one of the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. Boasting pieces by Picasso, Dali and Duchamp, Peggy’s home became a modernist reliquary chronicling surrealism, Italian futurism and abstract expressionism, with a hint of Peggy’s romantic pursuits, as the collection also includes works by ex-husband Max Ernst and Jackson Pollock, who was is on the list of Peggy’s rumored lovers.
Teatro La Fenice
Is there anything more authentically Italian than a night at the opera? Well, maybe, but we guarantee you’ll be impressed by this landmark. One of Italy’s oldest Opera houses, The Teatro La Fenice provides visitors with the ability to enjoy plush seating in a lavish environment while being captivated by the remarkable talents of performers from around the world.
Lastly, go ahead and take that gondola ride with your own accordion player and bottle of Prosecco—you know you want to, and we promise we won’t tell! If you happen to be planning an extended stay in Italy and are up for seeing more than just the sinking city of Venice, consider renting a reasonably priced car with Kemwel and continuing your journey to Milan.