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Visited: Summer 2014
Favourite Memory: The look on the kids faces as we walked out of the train station and they saw the traffic- on the Grand Canal
In a nutshell: A city unlike any other, beautiful "romantic decay" everywhere, the city moves at the rythm of the water. In order to get a feel for the real city you have to walk away from the tourist areas. Spend time at local cafes and do some people watching.
Gondola Stations are colorful, lively and busy.
Beautiful old Palazzos. Many have empty first floors because in some areas Venice can flood several times a year.
Santa Maria della Salute is just one of Venice's many beautiful churches.
Cafe Florian- Contender for "oldest coffee house in continuous operation". Located in St Mark's Square and established 1720.
Acqua Alta is one of the most interesting bookstores in the world. (This may require a page all to itself)
Venice at nigt from the Rialto Bridge. The restaurants are a good, fun, expensive tourist traps.
Every canal is different and has its own charm...
...but it is not just about the canals, it is also about hidden little restaurants with good seafood, pasta, gelato and wonderful cappuccino!
St Mark's Square. The only real piazza in Venice- the other's are called Campos becuause they used to be grass.