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A weekend in Venice

by Brisa Battaglino from Argentina

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Venice, by the canals by Brisa Battaglino

After having visited different places in Italy, I can definitely say that Venice became one of my favorites. I had already been told that it was an incredible destination and that I could not miss it but the truth is that I never imagined how beautiful it could be. Despite the fact that we only stayed there fot three days, my sister and I enjoyed it a lot.

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Venice, Piazza San Marco by Brisa Battaglino

Something that I really like of being a tourist is to lose myself and explore on my own every corner of the place that I am visiting, without having a specific destination, just walking, getting aware of what I can observe along the way and surprising myself with each new detail I find. Clearly, Venice is the perfect place for that.

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Venice, Ponte dei Sospiri by Brisa Battaglino

The arrival

After an entire morning travelling by train from Rome, we stayed at the hotel and began our visit towards Piazza San Marco, one of the main squares where you can find historical buildings with an unique architectural style such as the Basilica di San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale, which connects to the famous Ponte dei Sospiri.

If you have the opportunity, you must go upstairs of the Basilica and see the incredible view of the whole square from the balconies, it’s really amazing.

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Venice, Venetian Masks by Brisa Battaglino

Weather

I got the impression that the best season to visit this island is on summer. There were some fruit markets that looked better to visit on sunny days. I went in spring and I can tell the weather was nice. The first day we had a bit of rain but it didn´t interfere with our journeys. We faced the cold, the water (including my Nikon) but nothing stopped us.

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Venice, hidden passages by Brisa Battaglino

On the second day the weather was nicer, and being blessed with a radiant sun, we decided to take advantage of the occasion taking a vaporetto by the Grand Canal. Although I couldn’t get to the gondola (the price didn’t tempt me) I liked it a lot, I totally recommend it.

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Venice at night by Brisa Battaglino

Already on land, we continued walking and appreciating the picturesque houses and the small streets with a different climate. Clothing shops like Versace, neighborhoods such as the Jewish Ghetto and many bridges and corridors were on our way, with the company of a Venetian gelato, of course.

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Venice, waiting for the gondolieri by Brisa Battaglino

Already on land, we continued walking and appreciating the picturesque houses and the small streets with a different climate. Clothing shops like Versace, neighborhoods such as the Jewish Ghetto and many bridges and corridors were on our way, with the company of a Venetian gelato, of course.

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Venice, the Grand Canal by Brisa Battaglino

Shopping

All over the island, there are shops that sell various handicrafts, mostly made of Murano glass. But the most exciting thing to buy for me on this place was the Venetian masks. The amount of masks sold is surprising, depending on size, shape, you can find

different varieties. Although some are a little expensive, looking properly you can find shops where the price is more accessible.

As I said, it was a place that left me with my mouth wide open, it certainly exceeded my expectations. I was also told to visit the nearby Mediterranean islands, such as the island of Murano, which I couldn’t visit due to time and priority issues, or also, to visit some interesting museums. Anyway, without hesitation I recommend that if you travel to Italy you shouldn’t miss visiting this city.

 

If you want read more by Brisa Battaglino visit starslookdifferent.com

 

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