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[Virtual Travel] Rome + Venice Day 9

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9:30am: Breakfast at Caffe Florian

Google reviews: 4.1 stars

10:30am: Museo Correr

One of the 11 civic museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. With its rich and varied collections, the Museo Correr covers both the art and history of Venice. The first floor of the Museo Correr illustrates the life and culture of the Venetian Republic over the centuries of its political grandeur and independence. On the second floor, 19 rooms display the Picture Gallery, which focuses primarily on Venetian painting up to the 16th century.

12:30pm: Lunch at Dal Moro's

Google reviews: 4.5 stars

1:30pm: St Mark's Basilica / Basilica di San Marco

A cathedral church attached to the Doge’s Palace. With a history that stretches all the way back to the 9th century AD, it’s also a church with a lot of interesting stories and legends behind it. The first St Mark’s Basilica was built in the 9th century to house very sacred relics - relics that had been stolen! It has over 85,000sqft of mosaic, done over 8 centuries with most of them in gold. Venice was once a very wealthy city. All the gold used was a way to show the wealth of the city to the important guests, like kings or ambassadors from other countries.

The St Mark’s Basilica today is the most important religious temple in the city of Venice, and has always been the center of the public and religious life in the city. It remains as one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe and around the world. The Doge’s Palace next to it used to be the home of the rulers of Venice for centuries and today, is a monument to wealth and power.

2:30pm: Bridge of Sighs / Ponte dei Sospiri

An enclosed bridge built in 1600, made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars. It connects the historic prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace across the canal. Prisoners in Venice were initially held in the underground prison chambers inside the Doge's Palace. As the number of prisoners grew, the prison was expanded to a building across the canal named New Prison (Prigioni Nuove), and the Bridge of Sighs was constructed to shuttle passengers directly from their trial into their cells.

According to legend, the name of the bridge comes from the sighs of prisoners who crossed the bridge on the way to their prison cells or the execution chamber, catching their last glimpses of Venice through the tiny windows.

3pm: Doge's Palace / Palazzo Ducale

A palace built in 1340, and has been extended and modified in the following centuries. It remains as one of the main landmarks of Venice. It was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic. By the end of the 19th century, the structure was showing clear signs of decay, and all public offices were moved elsewhere with the exception of the State Office for the protection of historical monuments. It became a museum in 1923 and is one of the 11 civic museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

5pm: Gondola ride (30mins), walk around

What’s Venice without a gondola ride? Rides are fix at €80 for an approximate 30mins ride. The rate increases after 7pm. It may sound a little expensive but you are also doing the gondolier a favour as it is expensive to live in Venice.

The gondola is a traditional flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat. For centuries, the gondola was a major means of transportation and the most common watercraft within Venice. Today, these boats still serve as a form of public transport to help get across the Grand Canal for €2, though their primary role is to carry tourists on rides.

6:30pm: Dinner at Pizzeria Sansovino

Google reviews: 4.6 stars


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