VENICE

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TO VENICE AND ITS LAGOON
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Venice, with its thousand-year history and its incomparable heritage of art and culture, certainly needs no presentations. Arriving there by boat is however an unforgettable emotion, among the many reserved for those who live in Portopiccolo.

No cars, just gondolas: this is Venice, in brief. The city rises up over an archipelago of 188 islands intersected by 150 canals, linked by 400 bridges, offering scenery that is absolutely unique in the world.

Protected by that evocative basin of salt water, Venice and its lagoon, today recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, in addition to being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is without a doubt a priceless treasure of art and culture, of landscape and the environment. A naturally romantic place, almost painful in its relationship of love and hatred with the sea, which on one has handed it to history for its beauty and on the other hand has created difficulties for those who live there, especially when the sea rises and invades the alleys of the city.

A few recommendations from the concierge of the Falisia hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, in Portopiccolo:

 

Restaurants

  • Harry's Bar in Saint Mark’s Square
  • Harry's Dolci at the Giudecca
  • The CIPS Club Restaurant at Belmond Cipriani at the Giudecca
  • Do Forni Restaurant in Saint Mark’s
  • Quadri Restaurant in Saint Mark’s
  • Da Fiore Restaurant in San Polo
  • Cantina Do Mori in San Polo
  • Osteria Alla Madonna in San Polo
  • Hard Rock Café in Saint Mark’s
  • Al Merca’, a “bacaro” tavern in San Polo

 

Bars

  • Cafè Florian in Saint Mark’s Square
  • Cafè Quadri
  • Cafè Alla Calcina in Dorsoduro

Venice is a unique jewel, a city that fascinates for its artistic riches and refined architecture. How can we not cite Piazza San Marco, which lends the background to the Basilica, a masterpiece of Roman and Byzantine architecture, Palazzo Ducale, residence of the Doges of the Most Serene Republic, the Bridge of Sighs, the area around Rialto and the Grand Canal and its richly decorated palaces...

And then there is the Venice of culture and traditions with the Biennale – a festival of art, dance, cinema and theatre – the symphony season of the La Fenice Theatre, the Historic Regatta, the Redeemer and finally Mardi gras, one of the most beautiful in the world.

In addition the Most Serene City, however, the Lagoon includes other fascinating islands. Among the largest, let’s remember the Lido of Venice, site of the prestigious Festival of Cinema; Torcello, the first inhabited island of the lagoon and today almost abandoned; Burano, with its multiple-coloured houses and the production of lace; Murano, famous around the world for its artistic glass; San Francesco del Deserto, a fascinating place of meditation and prayer; San Lazzaro degli Armeni, an ex-hospital for lepers and today the site of a monastery with an extraordinary collection of treasures.