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5 good reasons to go to Venice
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The stunning Basilica
St. Mark’s Basilica is as impressive on the outside as the inside. You won’t believe your eyes! The 11th-century Basilica holds the body of Saint Mark which was stolen from Alexandria. You’ll see golden mosaics, domes, porphyry columns, sculptures and an altarpiece made from precious stones in this incredible religious building.
The mighty Doge’s Palace
The palace combines Gothic and Renaissance styles and was home to the elected doges, so the Venetian seat of power. When you see this impressive building, you can imagine how grand Venice was in the 15th century. You’ll can’t help but admire the superb décor as well as works of art from renowned painters such as Veronese. And in the centre of the palace, you’ll see the Great Council Chamber.
Venetian art for everyone
There’s even more art to see around the city! In Santa Maria della Salute Church, you’ll find the Gallerie dell’Accademia which boasts paintings from Veronese, Titian and Tintoretto, some of the most celebrated Venetian artists. The Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi feature François Pinault’s modern and contemporary art collections.
The sweet sound of opera at La Fenice
When you visit Venice, you must go to La Fenice opera house. The striking Neo-Classical style building first opened in 1772. You can see Venetian elegance in the foyer and stunning main rooms. Some of the greatest Italian operas have been performed in this unbelievable setting. La Traviata by Verdi, Madame Butterfly by Puccini, The Barber of Seville by Rossini and more.
The Venice of Venetians
Are you looking for somewhere to go for a drink or bite to eat? Head to the Cannaregio or Dorsoduro districts for a great night out. Both districts have a lively atmosphere and you’ll see some of the real Venice. Bars and restaurants serve local dishes.
If you’re after a starter or quick snack, try the cicchetti. It’s everyone’s favourite meal. Cicchettis are like bruschettatapas, so small slices of bread with different toppings like sardines or onions. You’ll find cicchettis all over Venice, but especially in the local bacari wine bars.
Frittelles are the best sweet treats in the city. They’re a type of little doughnut and sold in every decent cake shop. They’re traditionally made at carnival time but are now available all year round. There are lots of different kinds of frittelle. Some are made with grapes, pine nuts, marsalaor ricotta.
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