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See Venice before it sinks

created by forgetmenot on 2015-07-06

See Venice before it sinks

Everybody knows that Venice is slowly sinking, but nobody knows exactly when it will disappear altogether. So why wait till you need scuba diving equipment to see the famous Rialto Bridge or St. Mark’s Basilica. Just take a plane, bus, boat, cruise ship, car or train to get to the fish-shaped island and enjoy the “dolce vita”. But how?

#1: Enjoy a cappuccino or a Spritz (a wine-based cocktail with Aperol, Campari or Select) in one of Venice’s small but charming bars. Remember that the closer you are to a tourist spot, the higher the prices will be.

#2: Venice is a labyrinth of narrow streets, and some say that you have to get lost in order to find Venice's true heart. So don’t worry. Just keep on walking -- you'll always find yellow signs on the wall with “To St. Mark” or “To Rialto”, and sometimes you'll discover some lovely monuments, such as the spiral staircase of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo.

#3: Enjoy the panoramic view from St. Mark’s Campanile (or if you'd prefer a cheaper and less frequented Campanile, go to the San Giorgio Maggiore island and you'll have a splendid view, too). However, don’t get scared if the water levels rises ("agua alta") in Venice. That’s normal, just put on some rubber boots and make the most of the beautiful reflections on the surface of the water: they're perfect for taking cool pictures of the monuments -- and a picture of you standing knee-high in the water is definitely more convincing than an “I survived sinking Venice” T-shirt.
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    Basilica di San Marco

    108 votes

    sight

    At St Mark's Cathedral: gold and silver, jewels and mosaics. The entrancing magnificence of this c...

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    Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo

    22 votes

    sight

    The "Snail Shell" (bovolo) is an example of pretty Renaissance architecture. A spiral staircase f...

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    Chiosco at Campo Santo Stefano

    1 votes

    shop

    This kiosk sells t-shirts and bags with different kind of motives (rainboots, high water level ma...

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    Campanile di San Marco

    25 votes

    sight

    An exciting and enlightening view from up on high across the city skyline. Taking the lift up to i...

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    Isola di Burano

    43 votes

    sight

    Burano is just a few kilometers from Venice, but it makes a gorgeous day trip. Either take a wate...

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    Libreria Acqua Alta

    3 votes

    shop

    The bookshop, near the campo Santa Maria Formosa, has a wide range of new and old books in differ...

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    Ponte di Rialto

    131 votes

    sight

    This famous bridge is the symbol of Venice's former economic power. Busy statisticians have counte...

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    Alaska

    14 votes

    café

    Reputedly the best - and smallest - gelateria in the city. Carlo Pistacchi uses purely natural in...

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    Campo Santa Margherita

    41 votes

    sight

    On the one hand, the main square of the Dorsoduro district is one of the most traditional in Camp...

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    Aqua Altra

    1 votes

    shop

    In the Aqua Altra shop you can find nice gifts for friends and family or biological and local pro...

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    Ae Oche

    22 votes

    restaurant

    Family-friendly pizza chain with several branches in Venice and surroundingsGood pizza (about 8...

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    Al Bottegon (Cantina di Vini già Schiavi)

    17 votes

    bar

    Highly recommended and affordable wine bar south of the Accademia Bridge. Accompanying the wine h...

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