Destination Inspiration // Venice
By: Erica V., Station Manager, Venice, Italy
Your personal tour guide, Erica V, walks you through her hometown in Italy.
Venice is one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world. This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has decayed since its heyday and is heavily touristed (there are slightly more tourists than residents), but the romantic charm remains.
Venice, the world’s only pedestrian city, is easily walk-able, and the absence of cars makes this a particularly pleasant experience. However, walking and standing all day can also be exhausting, so it is best to pace yourself. The Rialtine islands - the ‘main’ part of Venice - are small enough to walk from one end to the other in about an hour, provided you don’t get lost (a common occurrence).
Erika’s “Must See” list when in Venice:
Scuola grande di San Rocco- a masterpiece of Tintoretto, this is an exquisite example of Manierist art. Mirrors are offered to visitors in order to more comfortabely admire the detailed ceiling.
Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) (San Marco Square)- Dont’ miss the guided tour named Secret Itinerary, which will let you discover part of the plalace wehre the city’s administration worked, as well as Casanova’s jail and the wonderful five hundres year old roof structure.
Clock tower (Torre dell’Orologio), (San Marco Square)- Having been closed for restoration for many years, the restored astronomical clock is now visible. The fascinating tour of the clock mechanism (and rooftop bell) can only be visited on a guided tour, which have to be booked in advance.
Carnival of Venice- The annual festival, ends with Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Marte di Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday. It is said that the Carnival of Venice was started from a victory of the “Repubblica della Serenissima”, Venice’s previous name, against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico in the year 1162.Today, approximately 3 million visitors come to Venice every year for Carnivals. One of the most important events is the contest for the best mask, placed at the last weekend of the Carnival.
*If you’re traveling to Venice this summer, check out our travel tips for you. The check in counter opens 3 hours before departure and closes promptly 1 hour before departure. Don’t forget to use delta.com or the Fly Delta app on your mobile device to save time and check in seamlessly, 24 hours prior to your original departure time. Ciao! - Taking Off