Venice ; first meeting
I do not know if anywhere counting Go to Venice . I only know that the annual island city takes millions of guests. It seems incredible, but in 2011, 10 million people visited Venice. And the number of them every year increases. Someone comes on a day, someone for a week. The peak itself, the guest stream reaches the summer.
I am Venezieman himself with experience.
Once interested and, while going to a venation, "fell ill" by this city and, while I can, I go there annually. To say that I know him by heart, I will not say: know Venice from and to almost impossible, but it is quite detailed to tell about it and give Several delight tips for those who first turned out to be, I can.
Come to Venice for a day or different meaning: cover it all will not succeed.
If only you are not here for the first time and drove to wander around your favorite places. But circumstances are all sorts, so leave this my chief without attention and Use the rules about which I wrote in the first paragraphs article "Venetsia in one day". There, by the way, there is a map of Venice.
To get acquainted with the light (historical name – the light republic, Venice) would not hurt to prepare: read anything on the history of the city, Know or at least hear about the main attractions.
An acquaintance with Venice in the tourist group is an organized, informative, but Absolutely unrecognizable: Guide will hold, will show and tell, but it will be on the run, taking into account the schedule, in the crowd of the people; charm of the city you almost won’t feel.
The first steps
so, You arrived in Venice.
To get started, post, pass.
Venice – Pedestrian City; The transport connection ends at Piazzala Roma and at the Santa Lucia railway station. Of course I have Vaporretto – Small boats or water buses, but you swim through the Grande Channel, the main water artery of Venice, around the city and to the Islands of the Venetian Lagoon.
Everything else space – path.
Venice make up 117 islands that connect 409 bridges, about 3,000 streets were laid around the city, streets, alleys.
Often they are connected in small, and sometimes rather big areas. About the city run orders 150 channels . What is transportation here, except for his two?
Of course, You buy a map.
But buy only in order to determine what where. First of all, where you stopped. And then, where are the main attractions.
More in the card can not look.
According to the Venetians themselves, the exact map of Venice does not exist, and from the place of your stay to the selected attractions it is important to know the direction.
The address is unlikely to help: The layout of the city is a logical explanation, The names of the streets are often repeated, many of them are named and written in the Venetian dialect, the numbering of houses goes for thousands, and, in each area, this numbering is its own.
You need accurate and specific guidelines. Therefore, in the first trip in Venice, go, taking advantage of all three rules at once, which I mentioned at the beginning.
Slowly go where the heart and intuition tells.
See around, You will see a lot of small and very attractive details: stucco on old houses, reliefs, nude brickwork buildings growing out of water.
You meet A large number of wells in the courtyards: These are large stone stands, sometimes with carving and jewelry on the sides. All wells are closed with metal covers. It happened in Napoleon. Wells do not work, But remain unchanged phenomena of the Venetian landscape. You will find them on the squares, and in small courtyards.
Let yourself get lost In this unique city.
No need to be afraid, Venice – the city island, You can’t go anywhere from the island, anyway somewhere yes come out.
Passages under the houses in Venice are called "SOTTOPORTEGO", which literally means "under port.
Feeling the charm of a simple and almost aimed wandering around the narrow, curve streets, on deadlocks, on the alleys, which rest in the channels, on the passages under the houses, on the embankments of small canals with lifting descents from the bridge on the bridge, you will start learning Venice.
Try to leave the tropic tourist trail.
To find out simply: they are always crowded and very vigorous. Non-unistricted Venice is not less attractive than its parade. Here is full of my sign places, shops (not such expensive, both in the tourist part), restaurants and cafes, churches and palaces, reliefs and sculptural images.
If you still defined a certain vector of movement, keep a specific referral to you will help the horizontal signs. There are only three types: "Per San-Marco", "Per Rialto" and "Per Piazzale Roma / Ferrovia". From any point of Venice you can go to the location you need.
Street and Square Areas
How to navigate in Venice
To the names of Venetian streets and squares you need to get used to.
On the walls of houses in bright rectangles, you will read by what streets you go, what kind of bridge go, what area it came to.
"VIA" in Italy here is not, "Via" in Venice is only one ; Garibaldi. Like "Piazza" ; San Marco.
Venetian definitions came from ancient times when the streets were unpleasant when the grass grew on the squares when the swampy soil in the city was much more than now.
- square – Campo – translated as "field",
- Calle – Tropinka,
- Ruga – Street,
- Salizzada – Wide Potor Street,
- Ramo – branch, sleeve.
Often over the street name on the wall will turn Rectangle with the designation of the city district, For example, "SESSIERE CANNAREGIO". Regions in Venice six, that’s why "Sestiere" – "Sixth part".
Areas of Venice
Areas Historically, everyone has their face, style, atmosphere and architecture. I described them in the article Venice in one day, Here, only call names:
– Central, parade district, – the area in which ancient times is located the Quarter of Rialto with the bridge Rialto And the same market,, quiet and secluded, – the largest area of the area, a considerable part of which arsenal occupies the most remote and most calm area, with the outskirts of which can be seen mainland, and even the dolomite alps are visible in good weather, including and the island of Judecca, democratic and, despite its historical age, the youth district.
Museums and churches
Museums in Venice a lot. Churches too (they are here more 150).
Many of them work not only as religious places, but also as museums. So be prepared to pay For the entrance from 2 to 5 euros . Sometimes the entrance to the church is free, but you need to lay out the coin to get into individual attacks or chapels.
How, for example, in the church San Clkin, whose walls are taken by paintings of Venetian masters. But the main treasures are stored in the chapel, for the entrance – 1-2 euros.
On the main museums, hours of their work and ticket prices in detail you will learn in the article What to see in Venice for 2 days
To visit B Gallery Academy, Watch the collection of the gallery of Franceti in Ka d’oro, Look at the Museum of Contemporary Art Peggy Gugenheim – All of this you can, if you have desire and time. But I think that the true treasury of Venetian art is not indicated in all guidebooks: we are talking about Socolah.
Skol – Clearing True and only Venetian. This is not a school, as it seems at first glance. In the Venetian understanding, this, a kind, fraternity, union, meeting creatively and spiritually equally charged people.
Skollas arose each in their area, got the buildings, were drawn out from the best artists, the centuries were competing among themselves. Once there were more hundreds of them, Now there are four large and one small.
Skola Grande di San Rocco
In the San Polo area, this is a collection of tintoretto paintings, especially for Scooles written (open from 9:30 to 17:30, entrance ticket – € 10),
Skola Grande Di San Giovanni Gosvanger
Located in Santa Croce.
She stores Bellini, Titian, Georgeon’s canvas. Skolo works on a special schedule, work days and ticket prices can be viewed here: Scuolasangiovanni.IT
Skol Grande dei Carmini
Located on Campo Santa Margherita. Here you will see the painting of Thipolo. Skol is open from 11:00 to 17:00, enter € 5.
Skola Grande Di San Marco in Castello
Today is a Museum of Medicine. The skill is open to visits from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 to 17:00, Break 13: 00-14: 00.
Skola di San George Deli Schiavony
Here you will see a series of works Wittor Carpaccio. Login € 4, schedule: Monday – 14: 45-18: 00, from Tuesday to Saturday – 9: 15-18: 00, break from 13:00 to 14:45, Sunday – 9: 15-13: 00.
Read more about Socoams in Article 5 Skol Venice ;
Cafes and restaurants
Wherever you eat, remember that in all institutions The account includes a service item ("Coperto") – 2-3 euros.
It is worth saying About Venetian sweets – "Dolci Veneziani": Be sure to try. I will not give the names, just look at the showcase and select that it will especially please.
It’s beautiful and insanely tasty.
All the details about the nutrition you will learn in the article where to eat in Venice ;
Where to buy coffee
Coffee in Italy is beautiful.
In Venetian cafes Prices vary from 1.5 to 3 euros for a cup depending on the category and level of the institution.
With the purchase of coffee in the package to take off with you, warned: in special shops for tourists there seems to be Venetian coffee with the views of the city in pictures. It is not worth taking it, low quality coffee and at a high price. Best of all locate the stores of the Majer network and take coffee there, you won’t lose.
Seasons and weather
When to come to Venice
Venice is beautiful at any time of the day and in any season.
But there is a nuance: the city is not at sea, but almost to the sea (3 km from the shore). That’s why in the summer there is hot and wet, Console rains may go, Late in the fall and winter – damp and doused, Sometimes snow falls.
It is best to come to Venice in May and September-early October – the most comfortable time for hiking along the streets of the Adriatic Pearls.
Lovers of Tumanov (Nebbia) and high water (acqua alta), of course, you need to come here in November-January. Despite the dampness, windy and diverse weather, the pleasure of these exclusively Venetian phenomena of nature they will get.
About the weather and seasons in Venice, read in the article when you come to Venice ; There is infographics.
You can come to Venice by train, plane and car.
Venice is connected to the mainland long Bridge of Freedom, for which trains go and motor transport.
Santa Lucia Railway Station located On the Grande Channel Twenty-five minutes walk from Rialto and forty minutes from Piazza San Marco. He is very close to the center of Kannaregio district (it is necessary to turn left from the station).
To the right of the station station at five minutes walk – Piazzala Roma, the place on the outskirts of the island Venice, where all vehicles arrives from the mainland. Here and Parking buses, and Parkovka For those who arrived in Venice by car.
Parking in Venice are several, You can carefully examine information about them here. I will add that, given the tourist stream in this city, take care of a parking place in advance.
Airway Venice with the world going through International Airport Marco Polo, which is on the mainland and through a small commercial Treviso Airport, which the Takes flights Loorksostrov.
Between both airports and Venice Regularly walk buses.
From Marco Polo to town Bus number 5 goes 20-25 minutes (the ticket costs € 8, But the price may change).
From Marco Polo there is an opportunity to get to the city on a water taxi, it will speed up your date with Venice, but will fly into a fair penny.
From Treviso Airport You will get to Venice For 35-40 minutes (Bus Firm ATVO, On the table direction "Treviso-Venezia" ticket € 12 Euro). Buses arrive at Piazzala Roma. You can buy bus tickets in the buildings of airports in the halls of the issuance of baggage or the driver that may be slightly expensive.
About public transport
O Vaporretto I wrote at the very beginning of this article (section first steps) and in the article what to see in Venice for 2 days (second paragraph).
I repeat that This is the only view of public transport, except for water taxi (it is expensive). Tickets are valid for buses that run on Lido and Pellebrin Islands. But on the bus on the mainland (for example, at the airport) will not leave them.
Gondola public transport will not call any.
This pleasure and The pleasure is not cheap. Thirty minutes of skiing costs € 80, the same time At night – 100. Maximum in Gondola can be satisfied with 6 people.
I hope that my tips for the first of your voyage in the capital of the North Adriatic will be useful. Happy journey I pleasant dating with Venice.
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