Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Venetian Blinder; IMARCUS QUEENSBOROUGH Visits One of the Most Spectacular Cities in the World

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Venetian Blinder; IMARCUS QUEENSBOROUGH Visits One of the Most Spectacular Cities in the World

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Byline: IMARCUS QUEENSBOROUGH

VENICE has to be one of my favourite places in the world. I have been a number of times over the years but each time the magic and wonder never fades or erodes. This truly is a place like no other.

Last time my wife and I came, the kids were only little so we ended up having a quick wander round, pointing out the highlights. This time we had three nights and our children are now young adults.

We were staying in a 16th century fourth-floor apartment beside the famous Rialto Bridge. It was magnificent with great views from windows overlooking a Medieval courtyard. This was entertainment in itself, watching the gondoliers plying for trade and the cafes bustling from morning until dusk.

At the Rialto Bridge I could have spent all night watching boats of all shapes and sizes travelling the Grand Canal, the main high street of Venice.

Staying so close to the centre of the city meant we could make an early start to the morning, queuing up for the Doge's Palace by around 9.30am. This enabled us to beat the crowds of day trippers Venice attracts.

We were soon wandering through the courtyards and halls of the former rulers of the ancient city, marvelling at the magnificent ceilings and frescos in the old building. As we crossed the Bridge of Sighs we pondered on the view prisoners must have had as, with their last deep breath and look at Venice, they trudged to the dungeons on the other side.

From here it was on to St Mark's Square, the centre and hub of Venice, watching and listening to the string orchestras playing at the smart and classy cafes in the square.

Make sure you visit the Campanile. A lift ride to the top of the bell tower is rewarded by fantastic views of the whole city and beyond, allowing you to pick out all the landmarks and wonder where to go next.

Next stop was St Mark's Basilica with its magnificent paintings and decoration. A quick hike up to see the famous four horses stolen by Napoleon during the French Wars is a must, offering great views over the square.

The easiest way of getting around Venice, of course, is by boat.

Cheapest and quickest are the water buses, or Vaporetti. …

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