Thursday, April 26, 2007
200 Things to Do in Venice
Whenever I tell people that I'm on my way to Venice--again--I'm frequently asked why I keep going back. "What's there to do?"
Slow Travel has the answer: 200 Things to Do in Venice.
Here are the top 10 in San Marco:
1. The Doge's Palace. Take the regular tour, or walk through it with an Audio Guide or Guide Book.
2. The Doge's Palace. Take the Secret Itinerary Tour, see rooms that are off limits to other tours.
3. Basilica San Marco. Inside, outside, the Treasury, the Loggia, the Pala D'oro, and the Baptistery.
4. The Campanile. Look down on the onion domes, and all of Venice. There is an elevator to the top although when you descend again you exit through a different door than the one through which you entered; important if you are planning on meeting someone after your visit to the top. If you are there when the bells ring you may find it a glorious or a rather painful experience, depending on how sensitive your ears are. Warning: Unless you like looking like Marilyn Monroe in the famous scene from The Seven Year itch, never wear a full skirt to the top of any campanile.
5. La Zecca - the mint - now the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. When not open for exhibitions, it may be seen by special arrangement with the Director. In addition to ancient books and maps there is a Titian fresco, ceiling medallions and paintings by the leading Venetian artists.
6. The Piazzetta dei Leoncini. Next to the Basilica San Marco.
7. The Piazzetta. Do not walk between the columns of The Lion of San Marco and San Teodoro, complete with crocodile, very bad karma. It was once the place for public executions.
8. Libreria Sansoviniana. Opposite the Doge's Palace. Built by Sansovino and topped with statues.
9. Museo Correr. Allow lots of time for the regular collection and any special exhibits.
10. Museo Archeologico. Enter through the Correr.
The list was compiled by uth Edenbaum is the co-author of Chow! Venice, Savoring the Food and Wine of La Serenissima. She lives in central New Jersey and spends more than two months a year in Venice. Ruth exhibits her photos on www.chowbellabooks.com. (I've mentioned Ruth's book, Chow! Venice before. You can buy autographed copies through the site.)