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There's Venice and there's gondola.. a city built on water.. by far the most unique of all places I have ever been to.. I caught a train from Vienna hauptbahnhof central station at 6.25am and I arrived at Venice Santa Lucia in ~8 hours. I would never catch a flight.. it was the best journey.. ever!
Venezia, Venezia, Italy
The unforgettable journey through Carnia and the landscapes in the backdrop - the Carcnic Alps itself is a touching experience as you marvel at nature through the Austrian borders through to the Veneto region, Italia.
The length of the Alps in total peaks 100km reaching nearly 3km at its summit and is a protected region. The mountains inherited their name from their geological time scale of over 400 million years - an age in the Triassic period.
Once you arrive through Porto Marghera you then notice as your train is no longer on mainland and you are now on water.. you are now entering Venezia where you will be arriving at Santa Lucia (Italian for Saint Lucy).
Of those 8 hours non-stop through carnic alps and main land to nothing but a city on water - one just cannot describe what a sensation that is in words - it is the most divine thing to experience in your life where it ends up bringing tears to your eyes from the unique sensation..
The bridge inherits its name Libertà "Freedom" from the defeat by Napoleon having successfully conquered and removed the gates to Venezia giving all residents the freedom to live where they desired.
There is an old popular Italian Napolitano piece composed "Santa Lucia" which is not directly affiliated to Santa Lucia in Veneto. However, along with other tenors or composers my favourite tenor Maestro Bocelli also sings it and I love listening to it.. every time that I do listen to it I'm reminded of Santa Lucia in Venezia, though, generally speaking the song is affiliated to the Napolitan vicinity Santa Lucia.
Once you arrive at Venice you will disembark your journey onto the platforms at Santa Lucia train station where you will notice that Venezia is magical. As you walk out of the station onto the terraces you are faced with a blissful experience with the Grand canal right ahead of you and then on the other side, Santa Croce.
The Grand Canal: Santa Croce on Left and Santa Lucia Train station on the right.
and the opposite view..
The best way to view Grand Canal and the magnificent baroque architecture is to travel by a vaporetto from one end to the other... well not best way, of course, you could make it more romantic and travel along it by a Gondola.. I didn't take this option but it would definitely make it a more memorable way to experience Venice.
This ancient waterway snakes through the city in a large "S" shape traveling from the San Marco on one end to a lagoon near the Santa Lucia station on the other, about 4 km in total length and about 100 meters wide.
It is said that by the 18th century construction works along the grand canal had come to a complete halt.
Piazza San Marco (St. Marks Square) is Venice on parade where everyone comes to see and be seen. It is the only piazza in Venice and it is considered one of the finest squares in the world and evidently as one would expect making it Venice's prime attraction surrounded on three sides by an array of public buildings and on the other by Basilica di San Marco's riot of domes and arches soaring by its campanile on the right.
perhaps time for a (romantic) snack away from the hustle and bustle.. mangiamo!
plenty of walking done, plenty more ahead: top up your sugar levels on the go I suppose..
damn now i feel like a cannolo *sigh*
The residents of the archipelagic community unite and protest against the mafia that is still actively dictating in the country during the 21st century causing Italy to be a dysfunctional nation. Mafia in literal term the "legal mafia", as such the scandalous Italian political system... or, institution if you prefer?
The Rialto Ferrovia is Venice Central and where all the waterbus vaporetto's will provide service for all over Venezia and beyond. More broadly, it is normally where you would embark and disembark your trips to and from all the islands of Venice, its neighbouring regions with the inclusion of international destinations within the confines of the Adriatic Sea. Let's be reminded that if you want to absorb Venice from the heart out this is also an ideal location for your "go to" Ferrovia as just about all hotels, traditional trattoria, gondola's and most ancient settlements are in its immediate vicinity and thereof.
Straight ahead of the Rialto Ferrovia is the picturesque Rialto Bridge crossing over the Canal Grande.
Burano is a picturesque rainbow-colored fisherman island with a population of around ~4000 in the Venetian lagoon. In fact, Burano is a series of several different islands all linked with bridges, therefore, making it a Venetian archipelago and is just 7 km from Venezia it can be reached by Vaporetto easily in about ~30 minutes.
The residents on the island mainly people of Altino (a town in the Abruzzo region of central-western Italy) fled to Burano Island to escape a barbarian invasion during the 6th century, well, at least that’s what is widely believed where they established a content little community since.
The island is mainly famous for its colourful houses and lace work and there are several shops here where beautiful lace cloths can be bought. It is also said that in the 16th century the island vastly grew in popularity when local women made lace and it was sought after by people throughout the country and then the world.
The bright colors that distinguish the town today were in fact an idea purposely done during its original development stages; the fishermen who first lived there would paint their houses vibrant colours for two reasons: first in order to distinguish their property from that of their neighbours, and secondly, to be able to see their homes from off shore.
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