Venice is one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world. This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character.
Venice is one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world.
This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has decayed since its heyday and is heavily touristic (there are 56000 residents and 20 million tourists per year), but the romantic charm remains.
Venice is one of those cities in the world you just have to visit. The city is world-famous, filled with history and bursting with romance. No doubt its charm and elegance will leave you breathless.
And It goes without saying that the best way to get around Venice is by foot and by boat. The city isn’t big and once you have oriented yourself it is quite possible to walk from one end to the other in an hour.
11:30am-12:00pm : Ferrara Cathedral
Ferrara Cathedral is the seat of the archbishop of Ferrara and the largest church in the city. Located only steps from the Palazzo Comunale and the famous Castello Estense, the cathedral, built in a Romanesque style, dates to the 12th century. The facade is made of white marble, and features scenes from the New Testament as well as numerous sculptures of its characters. The interior was entirely remade in Baroque style after a fire in the 18th century. For a better look at the ceiling painting by Bastianino (inspired by Michelangelo), insert a two-Euro coin into a machine about 50 m (164 ft) from the main entrance on the right: this will cause the apse and the painting to be flooded with light.
12:30pm-2:30pm : Via delle Volte
In the heart of the medieval center of Ferrara, explore the cobbled alleyways surrounding Via delle Volte to step back in time to the Middle Ages. Pass under the numerous vaulted archways and walkways that give the street its name, or duck off the main drag to explore on your own. Imagine the workshops and merchant stalls that used to line the way and take the opportunity to snap some photos. The street runs parallel to the bustling main street of the city, which is accessible through many side streets.
3:00pm-4:00pm : Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia)
Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia) was once the recreational playground for the Dukes of Ferrara. The building is divided into the 14th-century wing to the west, which houses the civic museum, and the two-story 15th-century wing to the east. In the latter's Hall of the Months, you'll encounter some of the most important cycles of frescoes from that era. These impressive frescoes were divided into 12 sections, one for each month of the year (though today only the months of March through September are visible), and depict the world of gods, the cosmic world, and the world of man.
12:00pm-4:00pm : Isola di Pellestrina
5:00pm-6:00pm : I Tre Mercanti
Indulge in the local specialties of tiramisu and panini for an authentic Venetian experience at I Tre Mercanti, an upscale shop with an impressive collection of wine and gourmet foods. Opened in 2007 by three locals with a zest for Italian cuisine, this well-known spot boasts 200 different wines and 50 different pasta sauces. The real treat, however, is the tiramisu--they offer 16 different flavors to choose from. You can sample panini and tiramisu on site before taking some with you as tasty souvenirs.
10:00am-12:00pm : Giudecca
Get away from the crowds and discover another side of Venice at Giudecca, the city's largest island. Once an area of opulent palaces and gardens frequented by nobles, the island became largely industrial during the 20th century. Nowadays, many factories and shipyards have given way to luxury hotels and apartments. Still, its palpable working-class vibe makes up much of the island's appeal, drawing visitors with its more laid-back, community atmosphere. Explore the small alleys, artist's studios, and local shops, then grab a meal at one of the waterfront restaurants--which are much more affordable than those on the mainland. Access the island by vaporetto.
12:30pm-2:30pm : Venetian Arsenal
The Venetian Arsenal is a complex of former shipyards and armories clustered together in the city of Venice in northern Italy. Owned by the state, the Arsenal was responsible for the bulk of the Venetian republic's naval power during the middle part of the second millennium AD. It was "one of the earliest large-scale industrial enterprises in history". Construction of the Arsenal began around 1104, during Venice's republican era. It became the largest industrial complex in Europe before the Industrial Revolution, spanning an area of about, or about fifteen percent of Venice. Surrounded by a 2mi rampart, laborers and shipbuilders regularly worked within the Arsenal, building ships that sailed from the city's port. With high walls shielding the Arsenal from public view and guards protecting its perimeter, different areas of the Arsenal each produced a particular prefabricated ship part or other maritime implement, such as munitions, rope, and rigging. These parts could then be assembled into a ship in as little as one day. An exclusive forest owned by the Arsenal navy, in the Montello hills area of Veneto, provided the Arsenal's wood supply. The Arsenal produced the majority of Venice's maritime trading vessels, which generated much of the city's economic wealth and power, lasting until the fall of the republic to Napoleon's conquest of the area in 1797. It is located in the Castello district of Venice, and it is now owned by the state.
3:00pm-4:00pm : Palazzo Mocenigo
Explore the gorgeous Venetian fabric and textiles along with antique decor at Palazzo Mocenigo, previously the residence of the Mocenigo family. The Gothic-style architecture that adorns these exhibits is enough to impress, and the myriad of paintings, many of the Mocenigo family themselves, personalize the experience. The 12 rooms filled with paintings are supplemented by exhibits on costumes and perfumes, along with stunning chandeliers and other historical furnishings.
4:30pm-5:00pm : Church of San Pantalon
5:30pm-6:00pm : Campo Santa Margherita
Campo Santa Margherita is a large city square in the sestiere of Dorsoduro of Venice, Italy. It is located near the University in Venice.
10:00am-10:30am : Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Known as the marble church, Santa Maria dei Miracoli sits by an attractive canal. Because of this early Renaissance church's beauty, weddings are often held here, with couples arriving by gondola on the canal. The interior is decorated with white, pink, and gray designs, all in marble. When you want to rest, head to the outside benches, or to the nearby secondhand bookstore.
10:30am-11:30am : Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)
The main church of the Dominican order in Venice, Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo) boasts an expansive brick façade and a spacious interior. Among the church's many funerary monuments and paintings rest the remains of 25 of Venice’s doges. Gaze at the ornately decorated and painted ceiling of the Chapel of the Rosary, and seek out the Byzantine statue of Madonna della Pace. Don’t miss the main relic of the church, the foot of St. Catherine of Siena.
12:30pm-5:30pm : Centro Storico
10:30am-11:30am : Battistero del Duomo di Padova
Surround yourself with some gems of early Renaissance art at Battistero del Duomo di Padova. Adjacent to the Padua Cathedral, this small baptistery is easy to miss, but once you step inside you'll be amazed by the collection of frescoes. The work of 14th-century painter Giusto de' Menabuoi, the paintings tell stories of the Bible, the most remarkable of which is the depiction of paradise inside the dome of the baptistery. Using the shape of the dome, the artist manages to create an almost three-dimensional image. You'll pay a fee to enter the baptistery, but the site does allow you to take photos. It's not a bad idea to bring a camera with a strong zoom lens or a pair of binoculars to fully enjoy the details on the frescoes.
12:30pm-2:30pm : Casa del Petrarc
3:00pm-5:00pm : Castello Cini Monselice
10:30am-12:30pm : Piazza dei Signori
Piazza dei Signori contains, among other attractions, the impressive facade of the Church of St. Clement from the late 12th century. Considered the most important plaza in Padua, this square hosted both the defeats and triumphs over the centuries of the city’s history. The clock tower designed by Giovanni Maria Falconetto and completed in 1532 still displays both the time and astronomical information. As the place where locals and those in the know meet up to have a drink, snack, or meal with a view, you can enjoy yourself just watching the people.
2:00pm-5:00pm : Poli Museo della Grappa
10:00am-12:00pm : Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum, a small yet artistically arranged natural history museum, is located in a 13th-century palace along the Grand Canal. Walk beneath whale skeletons in the cetaceans gallery, and experience firsthand the ecosystem of the Venetian Gulf in the tegnue aquarium. Discover dinosaur fossils in the paleontology exhibit and view vast collections of artifacts, such as fossils and animal skins, while learning about the methodology of research and collection. Take advantage of the opportunity to touch some of the displays, and enjoy the artifacts and other works of art that complement the natural specimens.
12:00pm-12:30pm : Campo del Ghetto
Dating back to the early 16th century, Campo del Ghetto may be the first Jewish ghetto established in the world--the word "ghetto" comes from this place. Although many of the approximately 500 Venetian Jews live elsewhere in the town, they still come here for religious services and celebrations. While in the area, you can see the small but informative Jewish Museum, see a bronze holocaust memorial, and grab a bite at a kosher restaurant.
12:30pm-3:00pm : Museo Ebraico di Venezia
Learn about the Jewish Venetian culture when you explore Museo Ebraico di Venezia. Located between the two most ancient Venetian synagogues, this museum takes you through the culture, tradition, and architecture of the area. Visit the space devoted to the cycle of Jewish festivities and objects used in Jewish ceremonies. Learn the history of Venetian Jews through objects and images in the next room. You will get to see examples of goldsmith and textile manufacturing from between the 16th and the 19th centuries, as well as ancient books and manuscripts. You can take guided tours of the synagogues to learn about the history and architecture of the buildings. There is a kosher cafe inside the museum as well.
3:30pm-4:30pm : San Lazzaro degli Armeni
San Lazzaro degli Armeni (Italian pronunciation: [san ˈladdzaro deʎʎ arˈmɛːni], lit. "Saint Lazarus of the Armenians"; called Saint Lazarus Island in English sources; Armenian: romanized: Surp Ghazar) is a small island in the Venetian Lagoon which has been home to the monastery of the Mekhitarists, an Armenian Catholic congregation, since 1717. It is the primary center of the Mekhitarists, while the Mekhitarist Monastery of Vienna is their primary abbey. The islet lies 2 km (1.2 mi) to the southeast of Venice proper and west of the Lido and covers an area of 3 hectares (7.4 acres). Settled in the 9th century, it was a leper colony during the Middle Ages, but fell into disuse by the early 18th century. In 1717 San Lazzaro was ceded by the Republic of Venice to Mkhitar Sebastatsi, an Armenian Catholic monk, who established a monastery with his followers. It has since been the headquarters of the Mekhitarists and, as such, one of the world's prominent centers of Armenian culture and Armenian studies. Numerous important publications, such as the first complete dictionary of the Armenian language (1749–69) and the first modern history of Armenia (1781–86), were made in the island by the monks which made it an early major center of Armenian printing.
5:00pm-6:00pm : Ca' d'Oro
Admire the historical grandeur of Venice combined with an impressive collection of artwork at Ca' d'Oro. The magnificent Gothic palace was built in the 15th century as home to the influential Contarini family. It remained in private hands until the early 20th century, when its last owner, an avid art collector named Giorgio Franchetti, transferred it to the Italian state. A great architectural monument, the palace still houses Franchetti's collection, which includes the works of artists such as Titian, Jan van Eyck, and Anthony van Dyck. You'll find guided tours of the palace in different languages both for groups and individual visitors, but you'll want to book them in advance.