Venice is beautiful. It is indeed a beautiful city. With the mode of transportation mainly through waterbuses and a city within 118 islands which are separated by canals and joined by 400+ bridges, Venice city is among the best tourist destinations in the world. It is renowned for its remarkable architecture, art, and setting.
Venice city is located in the Northeastern part of Italy, in the Veneto Region. It is a city that is known to receive about 60,000 tourists a day, which is the highest number any other location in Italy receives; in fact, it is the only place in the world to have such a high number of visitors as a major problem – that is, “overtourism”.
4 places make Venice the most beautiful; They include St Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal, and the Piazza San Marco.
St Mark’s Basilica
The patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark is Venice’s most famous church. It is renowned for its shape that has a mixture of Italian and Byzantine architecture likely influenced by Hagia Sophia. Its roofline is highly ornamented mainly with Gothic styles from its main facade; The ground gold mosaics cover most of the upper parts of its interior.
Thus, from its opulent design to its ground gold mosaics and its rich artifacts and relics, St. Marks Basilica is unforgettable. It is an embodiment of exoticism because of its icons and designs that symbolize the Venetian’s wealth and power; no wonder it is now known as Venice’s Church of gold or Chiesa d’Or.
From its interior to its exterior, Saint Mark’s Basilica is truly beautiful. There are too many details that its pleasures cannot be captured by words; this church in Italy is worth paying a visit.
The Doge’s Palace
In Venice, there is a palace built with Venetian Gothic style that all of its visitors die to visit – it’s the Doge’s palace. Although it was a residence of a Doge who was of higher authority in the Venetian region, the palace has undergone several role changes.
As a ducal residence, it housed several political roles as well as cultural institutions and administrative offices. In 1923, the palace was converted into a museum and purposed to protect historical monuments through the State office at the Palace’s loggia floor.
There are too many places within the palace that portrays the great skills of fourteenth-century artists. The Doge’s palace is fully decorated; From the side of the building facing the lagoon to the ground-floor arcade and the loggia, this palace is Europe’s most beautiful.
The porta Della Carta, which forms the entrance to the building, is also another beautiful part of the building. It is flanked with Gothic pinnacles with several sculptures and statues of various symbols make it unforgeable. Porta Della Carta, however, is not a public entrance; nowadays, Porta del Frumento is used, and it is located on the building’s waterfront side.
Saint Mark’s Square
Piazza San Marco is a public square of Venice that’s defined by the oldest buildings and monuments still standing today: the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s, and the two great columns in the Piazzetta.
The Piazzetta, meaning the little square, is an extension of the Piazza and is generally regarded along with St Mark’s square as the Piazza. They both are used as religious, cultural, and political centers.
Along the northern side of the Piazza are the Procuratie Vecchie, those buildings which were the homes and offices of St Mark’s procurators at the top of the building while the shops and restaurants are situated at its ground floor.
On the southern side are the New Procuracies which also has shops and a famous cafe known as Caffè Florian at the ground level while the top houses Museo Correr or simply the Correr Museum.
The view of the most famous buildings from the square, especially St Mark’s Campanile, is magnificent. Furthermore, it is big enough and paved with complex geometrical designs.
The Grand Canal
The Grand Canal is a channel that forms the main waterway of traffic through the city. It resembles a large reverse S-shaped river, with the first end leads towards the lagoon near Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leading to a basin in San Marco.
On both sides of the canal are the oldest buildings that show off the richness and beauty of Venice’s art and welfare created by the Republic of Venice and most of her noble families. The most renowned amongst the 170 buildings along the canal include palazzi Barbaro, Palazzi Dario, and the church – Santa Maria Della Salute.
The Rialto bridge, unlike the other three bridges, is the oldest and connects the canal across. It is where most movies have derived their scenes, especially, the aerial view above the bridge and the canal; In such a view, it is always beautiful and spectacular; everything is clear and wonderful for the centuries-old buildings, the canal, and the bridge.
Another thing that makes Venice beautiful is about the Grand Canal’s mode of touring: tourist places along the canal requires using boats as most buildings emerge from water without pavements.
Conclusion about Venice’s Beauty
Venice is beautiful. It is rich with art, architecture, and landmarks that leaves most of her tourist awed. The Grand Canal, the Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s palace, and the Saint Mark’s Basilica is undoubtedly amazing locations of this city and all of Europe. It is the best city to visit.