Artsy Venice

Venice, Italy

Before coming to Venice, you would have this romantic image of the city in your mind – gondolas with strong masculine men with baritone voices singing while the gondola tours around the city, buildings floating magically on water, and an abundant number of celebrities being spotted here and there.

Unfortunately, this blog post isn’t going to continue on with this illusion, but rather I will paint you the proper picture of what Venice is.

Despite its water canals that you see on its postcards, you get quite used to it within a couple hours while reaching there.  Instead, you’ll see these water canals very soon as similar to roads, whereby they are sort of “hurdles” you have to get through.  You get water taxis that bring you to different places.  Maybe it’s the murky weather I got when I was there, but Venice was definitely much more romantic hearing about it than actually seeing it.

Then the gondolas were often filled with tourists.  There were so many tourists in Venice everywhere, most of them from Chinese tour groups.  Plus I think gondola rides are overhyped and therefore are pricier than they should be.  I read from a book that the art of making a gondola is actually quite fascinating, if you’re interested in knowing what types of wood is needed to build gondolas… there aren’t a lot of gondola manufacturing companies in Venice anymore apparently.

The food was pretty good.  The museums were OK, but of course nothing comparable to Florence and Rome.  Perhaps it was my first time in Italy, so I found the narrow alleyways a bit sketch, especially during the dark (and yes, I realise after being to a couple of Italian cities, this was actually normal so nothing to be afraid of usually).

One thing that really stood out to me in Venice is that… there’s a lot of people bringing out their clipboards and paper and just sketching and drawing whatever they could find… mainly architecture and buildings, but sometimes you see groups of students adjoining with each other to sketch some sort of painting, whatever they feel inspired by.  Artsy Venice this place is.

Anyway, this will mainly be a photo blog, with lots of photos below.  My supposed itinerary will be at the bottom, supposed because this was the itinerary I planned before going on this trip, but may not have 100% been accomplished.  Also, I included a ton of Leonardo da Vinci’s machineries because, I mean c’mon, this guy is literally a genius!  Now some of da Vinci’s machines aren’t revolutionary, as some may have existed already, but still they were improvements or helped illustrate what was going on during his times in his society.  Those machines and illustrations can all be found in the Leonardo da Vinci’s Museum.

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Venice, ItalyAll these masks as souvenirs

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Venice, ItalyNot the sunniest of weathers, but OK

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Venice, ItalyI remembered being adamant in coming to this restaurant due to good reviews on Tripadvisor, despite us starving for 1.5 hours while walking and trying to find this place

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Venice, ItalyRiding on these water buses

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Venice, ItalyArtsy girl

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Venice, ItalyHe kind of reminds me of Robert De Niro

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Venice, ItalyTaxi stand

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Venice, ItalyDark alleyways…

Venice, ItalyThe hotel we stayed in

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Venice, ItalySo here we go, Leonardo da Vinci’s “inventions”, concepts, machineries, and illustrations

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Venice, ItalyFlying 101

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Venice, ItalyIt’s funny because despite eating a lot this trip (we ate breads and other sides not shown), I lost weight after Italy because of all the walking we did in general and around museums

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Venice, ItalyOur room again

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Itinerary

Academy Gallery (Gallerie dell’Accademia)

Campo della Carita | Dorsoduro n 1050, 30130 Venice, Italy

39-041-522-2247

famous for Venetian Paintings

 

Saint Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco)

 

St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)

 

Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto)

 

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

 

Basilica di San Marco

 

Palazzo Ducale

 

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

 

Punta Della Dogana

 

Teatro La Fenice

Most important opera house

 

Ca’ Rezzonico

Collection of eighteenth-century Venetian art

 

Murano

Glass creations

 

Isola di Burano

 

Grand Canal

 

St. Mary of the Friars

 

Musica A Palazzo

Operas

 

Palazzo Ducale (near St. Mark’s square)

 

Interpreti Veneziani

Chiesa San Vidal – San Marco 2862/B, 30124 Venice Italy

39 041 2770561

 

Ca’ Macana

Cale delle Botteghe | Dorsoduro 3172, 30123 Venice Italy

39 41 2776142

 

Scuola Grande di San Rocco

San Polo, 3052 | Campo San Rocco, 30125 Venice Italy

 

Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Castello 6363 | Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice, Italy

041-523-5913ß

 

*Cannaregio (it’s a district)

For more history on WWII

 

Santa Maria della Salute

Campo della Salute | Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy

 

Madonna dell’Orto

Campo dell’Orto | Cannaregio 3512

 

Prato della Valle (district for fairs and amusement)

 

Museo Ebraico di Venezia

Cannaregio 2902/b, 30121 Venice, Italy

 

Ponte dell’Accademia

 

Ca’ d’Oro

 

Museo Querini Stampalia

Castello 4778 | Campiello Querini Stampalia, 30122

041-2711411

 

Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Manin Square

 

Arsenale

5 minute walk from Piazza San Marco

Riva S. Biasio Castello, 2148, 30122

39 41 2441 399

 

Beautiful architecture, canals, bridges, gondolas, festivals like Carnevale, il Redentore, and the Historic Regatta, the Grand Caffès in Piazza San Marco like Florian’s and Quadri, the Biennale every other year and Venice Film Festival every year, the Basilica and many other churches, the Doge’s Palace, museums like the Correr and Gugenheim … It’s a great place to visit.

 

http://www.timeout.com/venice/

 

  1. Basilica di San Marco – Museums
  2. Campanile – Attractions
  3. Boutique del Gelato – Restaurants & cafés
  4. Palazzo Ducale – Museums
  5. Torre dell’Orologio – Attractions
  6. Al Chioschetto – Restaurants & cafés
  7. Metrò Venezia Club – Adult Entertainment
  8. Skyline Bar – Restaurants & cafés
  9. Ca’ D’Oro (Alla Vedova) – Restaurants & cafés
  10. Gallerie dell’Accademia – Museums

Area Club – hardcore techno tosatto 9

Il Muretto – roma destra 120

Vanilla club – buonarroti 15

 

Restaurants

A Beccafico Restaurant

L’Orto dei Mori

Osteria di Santa Marina

La Zucca

Osteria Oliva Neras

Al Paradiso

Il Ridotto

 

Hotel Centauro, Venice

Campo Daniele Manin 4297/a

Venice, VE 30124

Phone: 39 (041) 5225832

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