Venice: Being a tourist, looking for Mr Depp and Ms Jolie! – Italy

I was all wind up during my trip; I’m really not too sure where to start about Venice.

Venice, one of the top tourist destinations in the world, is commonly known as “City of Bridges” or “City of Water”. It is 3.5 hours from Milan or 5 hours from Rome, easily accessible by train. Statistics has shown that the city is approximately 270,000 in population with an average of 60,000 of visitors a day in year 2011.

If you have been tired of the hustle and bustle travelling around Rome, Milan or Europe, Venice is just the right place to chill! To appreciate every part Venice, the best mode of transportation is actually by foot. If you have extra budget to spare or to impress your partner with an engagement proposal, you might like to try the the gondola. Gondola is like a punt romantically sails across bridges to bridges. Nevertheless, be very aware of the bargaining process which might turn you off eventually with a skyrocket price

My foremost important advice for first-timers in Venice is to buy a detailed map. Venice is a city with over 100 tiny islands well connected by tiny bridges. For me, it’s like a giant labyrinth with hundreds of way to reach one final destination. One thing, not to forget, is the Grand Canal and the 3 famous bridges – Rialto (the most famous), Accademia and Scalzi.

The major attractions of Venice lie mainly in the Piazza San Marco. A few worth mentioning below:
1. Bell tower of St. Mark (Campanile di San Marco) – Climb up to the top to get the best view of the city
2. Saint Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) – In the peak season, queue might take up to hours.
3. Santa Maria della Salute – A great place to enjoy ice cream!
4. Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) – Might be over rated for some!
5. Grand Canal – It’s a must to walk along the Grand Canal

Enough of sightseeing and itching to use your credit cards already? Venice has all the big brands for shopaholics to confess their sin! You may not find shopping centers but shopping alleys unique in its own style which makes Venice even more adorable!

It is not surprising that Venice is listed in the World Heritage Site with its significant presence of distinct culture and grand architecture. And Venice has also been the darling in a number of films, namely: Casino Royale, The Tourist, The Talented Mr Ripley, etc. Match your schedule to join the masquerade ball at Carnival of Venice or celebrity-spotting at the Venice Film Festival to enjoy Venice to the fullest!

With a place so iconic, it is hard not find some places in the other parts of the world modelled after Venice in miniature. Notably, The Venetian, luxury hotel in Macao or the gondola ride inside the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore!

The sad news is, the island is sinking at the rate of 2.5 inches in a decade. Could it be the next lost city of Atlantis? When the time comes, our grandchildren might not get to see the beauty of Venice anymore. So, stop contemplating and grab your chance to visit one of the most romantic cities in the world! 2 days 1 night would be my best recommendation!

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