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Maze in the City of Venice? Better to Enjoy Unparalleled Water Scenery in these Places than to Wander Blindly

Maze in the City of Venice? Better to Enjoy Unparalleled Water Scenery in these Places than to Wander Blindly

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Maze in the city of Venice? Better to enjoy unparalleled water scenery in these places than to wander blindly

Table of Contents

Grand Canal: “Champs Elysées”on Water
Gondola: Ride a Ferrari on Water
Rialto Bridge: Visiting the Most Beautiful Sunset Viewing Spot
Bridge of Sighs: Saddest Stone Bridge
Constitution Bridge: Unique Modern Bridge
Ponte Dell'Accademia: Hang a Lover’s Lock on the Wooden Bridge
Going to the Lagoon at Noon to See Giant Cruise Ships Docking

Venice is a famous city on water, composed of more than a hundred small islands. The canals are like a spider web. These islands and canals are connected by more than 400 bridges, so taking the water bus and walking across bridges is the best way to get around in Venice. This special article introduces Venice's most famous Grand Canal, Gondola and the must-see bridge attractions.

Grand Canal: “Champs Elysées”on Water

The Grand Canal is one of the most important canals in Venice and the most important part of the public water transport network. The Grand Canal is an inverted S-shape, from Santa Lucia train station to St. Mark's Square, which divides Venice into two parts. The two best ways to experience the scenery of the Grand Canal are by boat and via bridges. Buy an interlining ticket for water buses, lazily lean on the boat, look at the buildings on both sides of the canal, and feel the uniqueness of Venice. If you have the money, experience a gondola ride, and choose an enthusiastic boatman who will talk about all the sights along way, and sing for you. Thread the small waterways in Venice, and touch the city of Venice that lives in the imagination.

Maze in the City of Venice? Better to Enjoy Unparalleled Water Scenery in these Places than to Wander Blindly

Gondola: Ride a Ferrari on Water

Gondola seems to be people’s first impression of Venice. This traditional handcrafted vessels are all painted black and are towed by a boatman at the stern. The black flat-bottom boats, which are about 12 meters long, are beautifully decorated. The two heads are crescent-shaped. The boat requires more than 280 pieces of wood of 8 different kinds in order to build. The process is extremely complicated and expensive, so it is called the Ferrari on water. Gondola used to be the main means of transportation in Venice, but nowadays it is more of a tourist experience. Riding a gondola is still a must-try experience for those that take a trip to Venice. For an even better experience, you can also hire an Italian singer to perform local music on the boat, but you need to pay extra for the singer and musician to ride the boat.

Maze in the City of Venice? Better to Enjoy Unparalleled Water Scenery in these Places than to Wander Blindly

Rialto Bridge: Visiting the Most Beautiful Sunset Viewing Spot

There are more than 400 bridges in Venice, and the Ponte Rialto is one of the oldest and one of the 4 bridges that cross the Grand Canal. The white marble bridge spans the canal and has become an important symbol of Venice and a photo favorite. There are more than 20 jewelry shops and restaurants on both sides of the bridge, making it one of the most important business districts in Venice. Shakespeare's famous "Merchant of Venice" is based in this setting. It is recommended to come here in the evening. Watching the sunset glow on the water, you can enjoy the most beautiful sunset scenery on the canal from this bridge. The lovers near the bridge dance to the entrancing music - very romantic. In addition, there is a place for taking boats near the bridge, and it is especially beautiful to sit on the boat and include the bridge as part of the photo scenery.

Bridge of Sighs: Saddest Stone Bridge

The Bridge of Sighs is located near St. Mark's Square and is a Baroque style stone bridge on the side of the Doge's Palace. This is an enclosed arch bridge building. From the interior, one could only gaze out through a small window on the bridge. The two ends of the bridge connect the court and the prison. When death row inmates pass through the bridge, they often sigh here in the moments before execution. The bridge is named thus as a result. If you want to walk through the Bridge of Sighs and experience the feelings of past prisoners saying farewell, you need to enter the Doge's Palace and follow the tour route. From the second floor, you can reach the prison on the opposite side through the Bridge of Sighs and then return to the Doge's Palace. Of course, there is a beautiful side to the story. According to legend, lovers who cross under the bridge in a boat and kiss each other will find everlasting happiness.

Maze in the City of Venice? Better to Enjoy Unparalleled Water Scenery in these Places than to Wander Blindly

Constitution Bridge: Unique Modern Bridge

The Constitution Bridge is the latest of the 4 famous bridges on the Grand Canal in Venice and the only modern-style bridge in the city. The traffic on the Constitution Bridge is very significant. It connects the railway station on the north bank with the Roman Square (the bus station) on the south bank. Walking on the bridge one can see a magnificent canal view. It can be said that it is Venice’s welcome gift to visitors first crossing over to the city on water. The bridge is designed by the Spanish designer Calatrava. The whole bridge is made of bonded steel and glass. At night, under the lighting, the whole bridge is transparent and looks very beautiful.

Maze in the City of Venice? Better to Enjoy Unparalleled Water Scenery in these Places than to Wander Blindly

Ponte Dell'Accademia: Hang a Lover’s Lock on the Wooden Bridge

The Ponte dell'Accademia is one of 3 bridges across the Grand Canal. It was originally an iron bridge, but it was replaced by today's wooden bridge because it was too heavy. It was named after the Galleria dell'Accademia next to it. Also known as the Lovers Bridge, there are many lover’s locks on the bridge. It is said that if couples throw keys into the river, then their feelings will never drift apart. Standing on Ponte dell'Accademia in the evening, you can see the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute sparkling with golden light from the setting sun. The scenery is very peaceful and beautiful. The Ponte dell'Accademia may be relatively quiet during the day, but at night, the small restaurant on the bridge is flashing with lights. You can choose an open-air seat and sample Italian cuisine while enjoying the night view of Venice.

Maze in the City of Venice? Better to Enjoy Unparalleled Water Scenery in these Places than to Wander Blindly

Going to the Lagoon at Noon to See Giant Cruise Ships Docking

Venice receives more than 20 million visitors each year, and more than 4 million of those arrive on giant cruise ships. So every day in Venice, you can see "high and mighty" giant cruise ships carefully navigating the not-so-wide waterways. In the evening, you can see the giant cruise ships docking on the cruise ship pier near St. Mark's Square. It is spectacular! Under the shadow cast by the hulking forms, Venice's narrow water lanes and ancient buildings seem so small, as if they are just special effects in movies - very interesting.

Maze in the City of Venice? Better to Enjoy Unparalleled Water Scenery in these Places than to Wander Blindly

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