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See Venice, before it sinks

created by forgetmenot on 2012-10-09

See Venice, before it sinks

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

#1: Drink some cappuccino or Spritz (a wine-based cocktail with Aperol, Campari or Select) in one of Venice’s little but charming bars. Be aware that the closer you are to a touristic spot the higher the prices are.

#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 will always find yellow signs on the wall stating “To St. Marc” or “To Rialto”, and sometimes you will discover some lovely monuments, like for example the spiral staircase of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo.

#3: Enjoy the panoramic view from St. Mark’s Campanile (or if you prefer a cheaper and less frequented Campanile, go to the San Giorgio Maggiore island and you will 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 benefit from the beautiful reflections on the surface of the water: they are perfect for taking cool pictures of the monuments -- and a picture of you standing in knee-high water is definitely more convincing than a “I survived sinking Venice”-T-Shirt.
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    Basilica di San Marco

    86 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

    15 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

    15 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

    31 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

    104 votes

    sight

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

  • 8
    Alaska

    11 votes

    café

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

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    Campo Santa Margherita

    30 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

    20 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)

    15 votes

    bar

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

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