Take the vaporetto from the...
Take the vaporetto from the railway station down the Canal Grande. This was the first thing I ever did when visitting Venice for the first time, and it was amazing. You get to see most of the splendour of the town and why it has impressed so many people. Step off at Piazza San Marco, and you have the best entrance/presentation of Venice:) A gondola ride. The ride was interesting, but the funny thing was the gondolier having a 'yelling' conversation with his friends about an important soccergame. It was old and present Venice at the same time:)
The Italians lost by the way... snif.
The district around the Ponte...
The district around the Ponte di Rialto is the oldest and livliest in town. Colorful and pictureque markets border the Canale Grande on the south side of the bridge.
After the wooden bridges, built in the 12th century, got destroyed more then once, by wearing away or sabotage, only around 1588 the solid stone bridge got constructed. One of the first wooden structures collapsed during a wedding ceremony of the marchese of Ferrara, by the weight of too many onlookers.
Ca’ d’Oro (The Golden House) is one of the most beautiful palaces on the shore of the Grand Canal, in Venice.
The monumental façade of the edifice is an art piece from white marble, with numerous ornamental structures.
The house was built in Gothic style, with pointed arc windows, turrets, and marble decorations.
The construction of the palace began in 1721, under the order of the patrician Marino Contarini, and was finished and inaugurated in 1731, ten years later.
The ornamental elements of the palace were created with the most expensive colours from this time period: vermilion, ultramarine-blue, and gold leaf.
The house was ruined along the time, and the bad period for it began in the year 1847, as the Russian prince Trubetzkoy bought the house for his lower, the ballerina Maria Taglioni, and arranged the complete rebuilding of it.
Many artists of that time protested against, but they could not prevent this action.
The building was rescued at the end of the 19th century, when the Baron Franchetti bought and restored it, following the original plans.
At present, the collections from the Galleria Franchetti are here, in the big rooms inside of the house.
Numerous art piece, made by the famous artists, Andrea Mantegnas, Tullio Lombardo, Giordione or Tizian, are exposed here.
The beautiful edifice with superb loggias with view above the Grand Canal is a masterpiece of architecture and art.
Adress: Ca' d'Oro, Venice
Phone: 041 523 87 90
Vaporetto 1, Station: Ca' d'Oro
Most gondolas have a black colour and are ornated with the so-called ferro in the front of the boat. This ferro is a contra weight for the gondolier, standing at the backside.
The metallic teeth symbolize the six sestieri of Venice. At special occasions the gondola is decorated with flowers. It was such a nice coincidence to see this bridal couple, using the traditional gondola as mean of transport at their wedding day.
As many had pointed on VT and everywhere else – the only way to see the Venice is to walk, walk, walk… all over it. It could be very nice to get lost in the labyrinth of narrow Venetian streets, but sometimes is good to know the exact location or something great, important, interesting… just around the corner, could be missed. Therefore the map is needed and the bigger map, the better. Actually, map should be wider than some of Venetian streets :-)
Venice de Agostini Street Map is an excellent pick.