Touring Venice

by Michelle on May 7, 2014 · 0 comments

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If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind view, food to die for, and a city rich with history, there’s no place quite like Venice, Italy.

You can spend your days walking along the Venice canal, admiring the unique architecture, and taking in all the culture that Venice has to offer.

The second you step foot in Venice, the atmosphere draws you in. The gorgeous canal, the beautiful architecture, the smell of fresh bread from a nearby bakery – It will all make you want to dig in your heels and never leave. Start off your journey by learning more about the city’s past. Not only is it fascinating, but you’ll be able to better appreciate the significance of certain aspects of the city and fully immerse yourself in everything they have to offer. Venice has several award-winning museums that are open to the public including Doge’s Palace, also known as the Palazzo Ducale Built in 1340, the palace houses many museums, and is a popular spot for tourists and residents alike.

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They also have famed opera houses such as the Teatro La Fenice. Originally established in 1774, it is one of the most famous theaters in Europe. It has had to fully renovate three times due to fire, the final time being in 2003. Do a little research ahead of time, or ask the concierge at your hotel to find a show that best represents the romantic creativity of Italian theater.

Venice is also well-known for its exciting nightlife, from elegant wine bars and smoking lounges, to crazy discos and beer halls. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at some games of chance at one of the casinos. Famous poker players from Jesse May to Jamie Kerstetter have raved about the casino at the Ca’ Vendramin Calergi Palace. Professional poker player Kara Scott admitted in a blog that while she enjoys all of her stops during the poker tours, “Venice is totally my favourite. Favourite city, favourite WPT tour stop, favourite casino.”

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With its magical setting, beautiful grounds, and deep historical roots, it’s not surprising why so many players love staying at the Ca’ Vendramin Calergi. Located along the Grand Canal, the Ca’ Vendramin Calergi was designed in the late 15th century by Mauro Codussi. The Venice casino, located inside the hotel, was established in 1638, and is noted as the oldest in the world. But don’t let its age fool you, the casino and hotel have been meticulously maintained, and are both just as elegant and exquisite as they were almost 400 years ago.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, or a fun adventure with friends, Venice has a little something for everyone. You just have to get in your gondola and enjoy the ride!

Since I’m heading to Italy this weekend, I thought this guest post would be fitting! Have you guys been to Venice? Or Italy in general? What are some of your favourite things there?

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