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A city just too beautiful

"Great was my delight when I saw this city and so many bell towers and monasteries and buildings, and all of this standing on the water ..." description by Phillipe de Commynes, a 15th century French chronicler, which perfectly suits the contemporary realities. Venice is beautiful, romantic and full of refined architecture of the residences, palaces and churches. You can fall in love with it. Tourists are delighted with a view of the city from Lido di Jesolo, or Punta Sabbioni. You simply must have a camera, especially when on a ferry – the views are just mind blowing. When exploring the city it’s worth to buy tickets for a ferry, which entitle you to use the water trams and busses (outside the city). The price of such 72-hour ticket is about 30 euro.

However strange it sounds, Venice’s downside is that just too many people consider it as an attractive city. In high season it’s mercilessly crowded and, as you perhaps know, sightseeing with all that pushing and shoving isn’t cool at all. Because of the excessive crowd, Venice resigned to run for the title of the European Capital of Culture 2019, because people were afraid that this may attract even more tourists. If someone is willing to come, the best time would be off-season, you’ll avoid the biggest crowd. Throngs overflowing the streets can ruin every walk, not to mention the thieves and pickpockets – you have to keep a close eye on your purse or a bag.

A charming city on stakes

The city indeed is delightful . There’re no noisy streets full of cars, the communication takes place only by waterways consisting of 150 interconnected channels (including Canale della Giudecca and Canale di Cannaregio), with over 400 bridges thrown across. Typical street in Venice is very narrow, winding, long and dark. The architecture of the city enchant with the beauty, especially the palaces – magnificent, rich residences attracts with the facades and huge windows. Stairs, which can be seen on numerous palace courtyards, surrounded by a balustrades or arcades are equally captivating. The best-known are fine stairs in Scala Contarini del Bovolo and the stairs in Ca’ D’Oro Palace.

It’s hard to focus only on some attractions of Venice. Surely worth seeing is the romantic Bridge of Sighs (its interiors are opened for tourists visiting the Doge’s Palace), baroque palaces, such as Ca’Rezzonico, as well as the monumental St. Mark’s Basilica, who’s a patron of the city – despite of the variety of architectonical details, the building remained the unity in style and delights visitors with the façade with 5 portals and rich mosaics.

Venice surroundings

Worth to explore are also surrounding towns and districts of the Venice, located on the land. Especially beautiful is Mestre, linked with Venice by the Bridge of Freedom (Ponte della Libertà). By many regarded as a separate center, still holds a civic rights. Mestre is very popular among tourists because of the easy access to the center of Venice, reasonable prices in the hotels and restaurants, as well as the pubs and discos. Equally interesting is Compalto, and small Quatro D’Altino, located about 20 minute train ride from Venice. Every monument enthusiast should visit this town – in the Archeological Museum, which is located here, you can see numerous remains of the Roman civilization, carved gravestones, as well as the furniture, delicate mosaics, the ceramics and the coins.

Azure waters, open spaces, small fishing houses – in other words, Cavallino, one of the prettiest towns in the region of Veneto Lagoon. It’s located approximately 10 km from the center of Venice and tempts with numerous touristic sites. Apart from the bicycle tours and ship and ferry cruises, visitors can go fishing (fish farming is very common here). Another interesting place is also Lido di Jesolo, a typical resort, located in a close proximity to Venice. A big aquapark is located here, as well as discos, cafes and a nice beach. Along the promenade you can find numerous restaurants and nightclubs with a variety of music and exquisite cuisine. If, on the other hand, someone is looking for a wide beach, he’ll definitely like Bibione - a resort with a beautiful promenade and sandy beach (about 10.4 kilometers long). The place is very popular among families with children, because of the gentle descent to the sea, nearby amusement park and a water city Aquasplash located pretty close (in Lignano).

Campsites by the sea

Both Venice, as well as the surrounding towns offer tourist plenty of campsites located by the sea. A good example is a 4-star Camping Marina di Venezia (Via Montello, 6 Punta Sabbioni) http://www.marinadivenezia.it/eng/, tempting with long, wide beaches, huge area densely dotted with trees, large swimming pools and a rich offer of animations. The price of accommodation ranges from 4,60 to 25,90 Euros/night, while for a camper pitch you have to pay from 11,40 to 25,90 Euros/ night. Here nobody will be boring, so besides it’s pretty expensive, it’s really worth to take this place under consideration.

Equally interesting is another campsite in Punta Sabbioni, Village Miramare (Lungomare Dante Alighieri). An accommodation for an adult costs 5,20-8,30 Euros/nigh, while the price for a camper ranges from 13,40-19,50 Euros/night. It’s located a bit farther from the beach, by which Marina is located, nonetheless it’s closer from here to the ferry dock (less that 10 minute walk along the shore). One of the many facilities of Miramare is the free bike rental. However, if anyone wants to stay as close to the city as possible, can choose from the offer of several campsites, including e.g. Village Alba d'Oro (according to the guests opinion it’s nice, however it’s located to close to the Marco polo airport), or places to stay in Venice. Nonetheless, those are more expensive.

While exploring the city, it’s worth to visit neighboring islands: Torcello, Burano and Murano. They’re picturesque and full of subtle charm, so typical for the whole region, an at the same time, they’re less crowded. Doesn’t matter if it’s your holiday, or just a long weekend, the memory of the time spent here will always last. Venice – the city of carnival, gondolas and palaces. You won’t want to leave.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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