Shopping for crystal in Murano
Murano & it's glass creative factories r a must but don't shop there - after seeing the factories, go off to the marketplaces in Murano to pick up the same items at MUCH lower prices. Burano is also well wotrh a visit for all the beautiful hand lace & embroidery. It is utterly beautiful from end to end - the Rialto is so buzzing - the atmosphere is always festive!
Take a gondola trip through...
Take a gondola trip through town. It may be a bit pricey but its not every day you are in Venice. Its a nice way to chill out for a while and its awesome as you pull out onto the Grand Canal.
BELOW. Katie, Phil, Bex, Me and Amy chilin' on our gondola ride.
~ Basilici di San Marco ~
There were once 3 enormous columns, plundered from Constantinople and erected here in 1172. One eventually toppled into the canal and was never seen again. Criminals were executed between the 2 remaining columns right up to the 18th century and because of this history, some Venetians, out of superstition will not walk between them.
St.Theodore, a crocodile-like-dragon, was the patron saint of Venice before St-Mark's relics came to the city in 828. The winged lion Marcus is now the city's symbol, possibly a sculpture from Assyria dating back to 5th century BC.
On this page...
This page I want to take you on a photo tour through Venice. Venice is a city you have to feel, you have to see, and absorb, before you understand its beauty. I cannot give you all that on my travel page, but I try to give you a little bit of how I felt while I was in Venice.
So please come and walk with me through Venice.... mmmmmm, or should I say 'get lost in Venice'. Because that is what you should do. Throw away the map you've got, and just start walking. Stroll through the little street, soaking in the sights, the old houses, canals, boats, sounds, and oh so beautiful squares.... Sometimes you get into a dead end street, but don't worry, and just turn back and take another little street, and be surprised again what beauty lies around the next corner. And don't worry for not finding the way back at the end of the day; because somehow, you will always find your way back.
You must wear a top...
Did you know you could be fined for going 'topless' in Venice, male or female.
Aside from obvious reasons, I think this is a good thing. There aren't many sights as distasteful as seeing Pa Kettle without a shirt. Wouldn't want you to lose your lunch while eating a slice of pizza... heaven forbid I might become part of a group photo in St. Marks Square.