Venice itinerary - how to lose yourself in the romantic city + Burano and Murano (with map)
What I love most about Venice is the surprise, nothing is like you are used to. You have to reset all your knowledge : streets with no cars, you can not just cross on the other side, you would have to find a bridge, the equivalent of a road crossing. Venice has an end. At some point there is a streets or a house that is the last one and from here on there is just the waters. Every corner, every street is unexpected, Venice is one of the best "fortress" that ever existed. People came to this places to escape the Hun invasion that was talking over Europe, and for nothing they build one of the strongest empires of all times.
Piazzale Roma ACTV Bus Station
Here you arrive from airport with bus or from other places by train. You probably know by know, Venice is 100% car-free, so this is the only place in the hole lagoon where you can arrive with a car, with a pus or train. From here on only on foot or with a boat. Leave the world as you know it behind and prepare yourself for the amphibious life.
First place to see in Venice is a park. You may be wondering why. First of all it was on our way. Secondly it always add a little bit of flavor the idea that we are in a marshy land, in a lagoon, and seeing things that you normally see in this unusual environment, you can only be amazed by this miracle. This is a mature park with fully grown trees.
The Scuola vecchia della Misericordia or The Old School of Mercy is a former charity building for charity build in 1310 (yes, more than 700 years ago) and now is used as a exhibition center. As we visited Venice during the Biennale, we had a change to see the exhibition and it was free of charge.
This library has a very eclectic feel, you fill find inside the most unexpected thins: a gondola, a boat, chandeliers, stairs made of books, a cat and many other surprises. The library floods every time the water level raise in Venice. And contrary to any perception of a library it has that amphibious feel - a door leads to a back canal, the bottom layer of the books are degraded from the flooding process, a lot of aquatic elements. Once again this is a metaphor of Venice - despite all the degradation and decay, the beauty of this place is outstanding.
In this Venice itinerary you will find yourself in the middle of the crowds and after a few minutes in a complete silence surrounded by water and some mundane parts of the city. This place may seem ordinary, but it is not. Take a look at the inclined bell tower. Just another thing about Venice - everything in moving,everything is change and adaptation .
Maybe all Venice is crooked and is really hard to say with confidence what is straight and what is inclined, but the taller the building, the bigger the certainty. Here it is yet another tower tilted by the Venice effect - forever moving and changing city of the waters