The streets and canals of Venice can be packed with tourists at any time of the year. Sights like the Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco, and Doge’s Palace have people for as far as you can see. However, there is a way to see those sights and still escape the crowds. All you need to know is the hidden gems most tourists are not aware of. Today, I am going to be sharing the hidden gems of Venice that you need to be aware of. Then you can have a plan when you need to get away from the busyness Venice is known for.
Cannaregio is the Jewish quarter in Venice. This ancient area is full of old synagogues, wine bars, and bakeries. Arrive early to start walking around. But stay late. You won’t want to miss watching the sun set over the Ormesini Canal.
If you truly need to escape Venice for the day, I recommend heading over to Pellestrina Island. You can easily walk all over the island. You can also explore the island by bike. Spend your day talking to the locals. The fishermen will probably be mending their nets, while the moms will be keeping track of their kids. This is more like your neighborhood back home. Embrace it and make a few new friends.
Another island worthy of a visit is Torcello Island. Your first stop should be the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta. Before you leave, attempt to cross the Ponte del Diavolo. It is one of two bridges in the city that do not have parapets. Make a bet with your family that you can cross the bridge without falling in. Then win that bet and plan to rub it in every chance you get.
Calle Varisco is the narrowest street in Venice. It is one of the hidden gems in Venice that most people do not know exists. The street is only twenty-one inches wide at one point. Grab a few selfies here and marvel at the fact that this is one street that isn’t crowded, despite its small size.
This bookstore has a unique way of storing its books. They place them in boats, gondolas, barrels, and even fish aquariums. All in hopes that the books don’t get ruined when the streets, and even the store, flood throughout the year.
Pay close attention when you climb the stairs into this bookstore. The stairs are made from old encyclopedias. Once inside, grab a few books you will love to read. Then sit near a canal and enjoy a few pages.
Next to the Rialto Bridge is the Rialto Market. Although, you wouldn’t believe the number of people who do not realize this market is tucked away here. Walk around slowly to find the best deals. Purchase what you need for a picnic lunch and a little extra for later on.
The best part of visiting this market is you still get to see the bridge that everyone in Venice loves.
The views from San Giorgio Maggiore are better than those at St. Mark’s Square. In order to see them, though, you must take a boat over to the island. Since not many people will go through the trouble of riding on a boat, you won’t need to wait too long to see the views. You won’t be rushed through the experience either.
These are the hidden gems in Venice you must be aware of when you visit there on a family vacation. Going to see many of these hidden gems will get you away from the crowds and allow you to see authentic Venice.
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