By Jonathan Buckley
The tough consultant to Venice & Veneto is your definitive guide to this splendour-aching eu urban. From the water-lapped palaces alongside the Canal Grande to the humming Rialto marketplace, the full-colour part introduces the entire areas highlights. With extra cultural heritage than the other advisor, you’ll locate precise debts of all Venice’s monuments and museums, from San Marco to the far-flung islands and sensible assurance of Verona, Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, and a number of alternative Veneto cities and attractions. Opinionated stories of all of the most sensible areas to devour, drink and remain in each funds. The consultant additionally takes an in depth examine the region’s background, tradition, occasions, portray and structure and is derived entire with maps and plans for each quarter.
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Certain prominent Venetians even went to the length of shunning the Piazza whenever the Austrian band was playing, a policy that entailed a thrice-weekly withdrawal from the centre of the city. The Piazza remains the pivot of social life in Venice. Contrary to first appearances, the tables of Florian and Quadri – the only eighteenth-century survivors – or at the equally high-toned Lavena, the favourite haunt of Richard Wagner, are not exclusively the preserve of tourists. Wander through at midday and there’ll be clusters of Venetians taking the air and chatting away their lunch-hour; the evening passeggiata inevitably involves a circuit of the Piazza; and even at midnight you’ll almost certainly see a few groups rounding off the day with a stroll across the flagstones.
The Musei di Piazza San Marco can only be visited with a card; at the other places you have the option of paying an entry charge just for that attraction. it. 37) covers all of the museums covered by the Museum Pass, and that accompanied disabled people have free access to all of these museums. 50. Sixteen churches are now part of the everexpanding Chorus Pass scheme (w www. org), whereby an e8 ticket allows one visit to each of the churches over a one-year period. All of the proceeds from the scheme are ploughed back into the maintenance of the buildings.
Meanwhile, the setting for these two great edifices developed into a public space so grandiose that no other square in the city was thought fit to bear the name “piazza” – all other Venetian squares are campi or campielli. Nowadays the Piazza is what keeps the city solvent. Fifty percent of Venice’s visitors make a beeline for this spot, spend a few hours and a pocketful of euros here, then head for home without staying for even one night. For those who do hang around, San Marco has multitudinous ways of easing the cash from the pockets: the plushest hotels are concentrated in this sestiere; the most elegant and exorbitant cafés spill out onto the pavement from the Piazza’s arcades; the most extravagantly priced seafood is served in this area’s restaurants; and the swankiest shops in Venice line the Piazza and the streets radiating from it – interspersed with dozens of hugely profitable souvenir suppliers.
The Rough Guide to Venice and the Veneto 7 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) by Jonathan Buckley