Things To Do While You Spend Your Vacation In Venice

by Robert M Freeman

Venice is one of the most stunning cities in the world and is full of canals, gondolas and incredible architecture. If you have a plan to visit this city, the best time to visit it is in spring or fall to avoid the heat and tourist crowds. When you are in Venice, you can do many sightseeing activities like going to churches, museums, and other tourist attractions. You can also attend numerous events and other activities that are the specialty of this city.

The Voga Longa is a rowing competition which is held each year on the last day of May. The distance to be rowed is 32 kilometers, and this should be completed within three and a half hours in order to get a certificate. However, if you do not want a certificate, you can also participate for fun and take it as far away as you desire as long as you are in a human-powered vessel. This rowing race in fact originated as a protest against the power boats that were taking over the canals, but has now turned into an event. The racetrack goes through most parts of Venice, and people get together along the canals to encourage the contestants.

The Regata ‘Storica takes place in September on the first Sunday of the month. This celebrates an occasion that took place in 1489 by exhibiting almost one hundred types of Venetian boats. There are also races, contests, and additional opportunities for people to participate in.

When in Venice, don’t forget to take a ride on the Water Bus called Vaporetto during the time of sunset. The beautiful view filled with the soft sunset light provides a captivating picture, and is one of the best ways to keep Venice in you memories.

While a Gondola is expensive, anywhere from 80 Euro to 150 Euro you can bargain the price down to the lower amount if you really want a ride. This is a truly Venetian experience, so it is a good idea to budget for this prior to your trip, and make sure you take the ride. The best way to bargain the price as low as possible and then walk away, which will usually be followed by at least one gondolier will follow you and decrease the price further. The discounted rate might get you less time, and fewer sights, so negotiate this with the gondolier before you climb in.

If you do not wish for a gondola ride, then you can cross the Grand Canal via traghetto. These are very economical and are effectively gondolas that are too old to be used for that purpose. You can also visit the Rialto Bridge and the open air markets close to it together with the Pescheria (fish market).

In addition you can spend a day on one of the islands (like Murano or Burano) which could be reached via the many boat services. The Glass Museum in Murano should not be missed as is the Lace Museum in Burano. However, even just walking around on these islands is a very good experience, and sitting at a caf and relaxing is also a good idea.

Venice is a beautiful city, so make sure you make the most of your trip and plan it in advance so you can budget for the activities you definitely want to participate in.