Rick Steves' Venice 2014
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Following the self-guided tours in this book, you’ll explore Venice’s most important landmarks and cruise the Grand Canal for a close-up look at the elegant palaces, bridges, and churches. You’ll discover picturesque lanes, enjoy the best city views, and tour outlying islands in the lagoon. Dine at a romantic canal-side restaurant, or join the locals at a characteristic cicchetti bar and munch seafood-on-a-toothpick. As the stars shine over St. Mark’s Square, sway to the free music of café orchestras.
Rick’s candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. You’ll learn how to explore Venice hassle-free and get up-to-date advice on what’s worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
local gang; they’re notorious for overcharging for photos. While they’re a nuisance, the police say it’s better that they’re scamming a living here than finding even more disreputable ways to get by. Cost and Hours: €6, don’t bother with the combo-ticket that includes the unimpressive Maffei Museum, Tue-Sun 8:30-19:30, Mon 13:30-19:30, closes earlier—likely around 16:00—during mid-June-early Sept opera season, last entry one hour before closing, WC near entry, tel. 045-800-3204. • As you exit
a glass of Amarone (wine to meditate with) under the old arcade. Finish by meandering through the old center back to Piazza Brà for a gelato at Gelateria Savoia. Buon appetito! Osteria Vini Zampieri, with a tiny bar and five tables, keeps a tradition of stoking conviviality with good wine since 1937. Its young and energetic manager, Leo, is passionate about organic wines, slow food, and his own home-brewed beer. As the drinks are their priority, they don’t serve much food—just some bar munchies
hour before closing; no photos, elegant café, enter at far end of square directly opposite basilica, tel. 041-240-5211, http://correr.visitmuve.it. See the Correr Museum Tour chapter. ▲Campanile (Campanile di San Marco) This dramatic bell tower replaced a shorter tower, part of the original fortress that guarded the entry of the Grand Canal. That tower crumbled into a pile of bricks in 1902, a thousand years after it was built. Today you’ll see construction work being done to strengthen the
and led from the big religious and governmental center to the rest of the city. The Clock Tower retains some of its original blue and gold pigments, a reminder that, in centuries past, this city glowed with bright color. Two bronze “Moors” stand atop the Clock Tower (built originally to be Caucasian giants, they only switched their ethnicity when their metal darkened over the centuries). At the top of each hour they swing their giant clappers. The clock dial shows the 24 hours, the signs of the
“primitive” African art, in which even the simplest statues radiate mojo. • Head next door, into the Kitchen. Marc Chagall—Rain (1911) The rain clouds gather over a farmhouse, the wind blows the trees and people, and everyone prepares for the storm. Quick, put the horse in the barn, grab an umbrella, take a leak, and round up the goats in the clouds. Marc Chagall, a Russian living in France, reinvented scenes from his homeland with a romantic, weightless, childlike joy in topsy-turvy Paris.