Venice was the first stop on our almost two month sojourn through Italy and for us, it was overwhelmingly enchanting and an all-consuming experience of everything Italian.
As a city rich in history, architecture and art there is more than enough things to keep any tourist busy for a week. A great place to start is Piazza San Marco where there are three must see’s (all of which are best when visited early in the morning!).
First, admire the beautiful façade of St. Mark’s Basilica with almost 2000 year old horses protecting it from above and intricate carvings adorning the arched portals.
Walking inside, the enormity of the Basilica becomes obvious and you could easily spend hours exploring its golden domes and the treasury, now a byzantine museum.
Secondly, take a walk across the square to the bell tower. Once high above the floating city it’s easy to appreciate the amazing feat achieved not only when Venice was built but of its continued maintenance. From the boats speeding across the lagoon to the hidden roof top terraces, you get a glimpse of all the unique Venetian ways of life.
Finally, the Doges Palace. If you haven’t already watched Medici: Masters of Florence, it’s definitely worth checking out not only for the gripping storyline but to begin to understand the enormous importance of buildings such as the Doges Palace in the 15th century. It was pivotal in creating this incredibly wealthy state and in the lives of Venetians themselves.
This is seen from the very entrance passage covered with gold and continues through the many frescoed halls.
This is also where you can take a walk over the Bridge of Sighs, named aptly due to its purpose of bringing prisoners their last glimpse of Venice before imprisonment.
Outfit details: Hallhuber Coat (similar from new season), Zimmermann jumper (similar from new season), Nobody Jeans (here), Massimo Dutti Ankle Boots (similar from new season), Mimco Bag (similar), Kate Spade Earrings (similar) and Bailey and Nelson Sunglasses (similar).
After thoroughly exploring the square, be sure to take to the surrounding streets. Wander over the bridges and beside the delightful canals, not knowing exactly what you may find.
We travelled over to the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute for a different perspective of Venice. This beautifully understated Basilica is a wonderful contrast to St Mark’s Basilica.