Every single tourist visiting Italy dreams about Venice. The Italian marvellous city is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world, with more than 23 million visitors coming to admire its beauties from abroad in one year. Its main attractions are well-known: San Marco Square, the Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal and its iconic gondolas, but those who have more time can enjoy some off-the-beaten-track ones.
Three international travel bloggers have given their bits of advice. Cate St Hill from London suggests escaping the streams of tourists by visiting four old palazzos filled with contemporary art. The first one is Ca’ Corner della Regina, built between 1724 and 1728 by Domenico Rossi in the Sestiere of Santa Croce, and since 2011 it has been the Venetian headquarters of Fondazione Prada. The second is Punta della Dogana, the old Sea Customs House completed in 1682 and now hosting temporary exhibitions supported by the Francois Pinault Foundation. Furthermore, we can admire the magnificent residence of the Querini Stampalia family, now turned into the most important home-museum in Italy, and the more famous Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, where the Peggy Guggenheim is on display.
Among the pieces of advice by California-based blogger Dean Gold, we found particularly interesting the suggestion of wandering around the back streets of Cannaregio. It is a quiet neighbourhood where it is possible to get a totally different feel of Venice. Visiting the ghetto and touring the synagogue would complete the walk.
Robie Benve from “Wander Wisdom” simply suggests to “get lost, and explore random places to eat and drink”. She adds that the best time to appreciate the magic atmosphere of Venice is at twilight when the tourists and the commuters are not out and about, and the buildings get a fascinating light from the sky changing colour.