Venice: Culture and Romance beyond the Tourist Boom

In the charismatic city of Venice the Byzantine influences of the past connect with contemporary elements of the 21st century right in sight of the visitors. By buying a day ticket for water boats you manage to reach all the important contemporary witnesses such as the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge and, of course, the Grand Canal in one day. You will only be able to experience closely the romantic flair of the lagoon city by avoiding the tourist streams.

Art and culture in Venice

Hardly any other city can present such a large amount of art and cultural treasures in a comparatively small space. The city is crossed by canals and most of the destinations are only accessible by boat.

Attractions in Venice

Basically, it is not necessary to prepare a list with tourist attractions as you see them in every corner. There are several open museums and relics from the past under the open sky.

The 5 Hotspots in Venice are:

  • The St. Mark’s Square with the Doge’s Palace and the St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Grande di San Rocco – the best maintained of six Venetian schools from the 15th century
  • The Bridge of Sighs – connection of the Doge’s Palace with the new prison of the island
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • The Grand Canal

For culture enthusiasts a visit of the Grand Opera in Musica A Palazzo is a must. Among the pieces that are regularly performed here are operas by Verdi, Rossini and various excerpts from world-known compositions. These appear even more intense in the baroque environment of the aristocratic palace.

Our tip: Choose a few sights and explore them with all your senses. Take the time to absorb the incomparable atmosphere of this floating city.

3 insider tips for your trip to Venice

Even more exciting than the famous attractions are those that are a little hidden away from the crowds. These include a small bookshop, a place where time stands still and the narrowest alley in Venice which is particularly popular by lovers.

1. Insider tip: Libreria Acqua Alta

This shop is probably the most extraordinary bookshop you have ever visited. At best, it can be described as unusual, more fitting as chaotic. The books are stacked in shelves, old fishing boats and stone sinks. The way out of the shop leads in the back part over a staircase, which was built from old books.

2. Insider tip: The original Venice

In the northern part of Venice is the district Cannaredio, where there are hardly any tourists. Instead you see here in the alleys the typical clotheslines hanging between the houses. It is easy to get in contact with locals in the local bars and restaurants.

3. Insider tip: The narrow alley

Calle Varisco is probably one of the narrowest alleys in Venice and is particularly recommended for couples in love, as physical contact is almost unavoidable. The alley looks like an abandoned place and is only 53 centimetres wide at its narrowest point.

Destinations for insiders: small islands and cities around Venice

Many travellers who want to experience Venice are looking for offers directly in the city. It is often forgotten that there are many small islands and villages around Venice that have just as much flair and charisma but are by far not that overcrowded by tourists.

The island of Burano

Burano is an island with a flair that has retained the original charm of a fishing village. The island is located in the northern lagoon of Venice and is still largely inhabited by fishermen and lace makers. Burano is a colourful and cheerful island with colourful houses, because the painting of the houses is a tradition in Burano. According to a legend, fishermen used to be able to see their island better from the sea when fog occurred. The island Burano is 0,2 km2 big which means it is possible to reach any point within 10 minutes. The neighbouring island of Mazzorbo is connected to Burano by a wooden bridge. Anyone who wants to take a nice memory home from Burano finds a lot of handmade products produced from yarn and fabric.

Hotel tip in Burano

In the Romantik Hotel Casa Burano guests live directly among locals. The hotel has 12 rooms which are not centrally located in one house but are distributed along the canals or the old fisher village in the whole village. The rooms offer highest comfort and were developed with well-known Venetian designers with a lot of attention to detail. The guests feel like locals in the colourful houses but do not have to give up the modern comfort.

The island of Mazzorbo

Mazzorbo is located in the southeast and is part of the original Venice from which the city as it is today has evolved. Its location in the middle of a lagoon is fascinating. There are still numerous old monasteries and ruins of churches from the time of the first settlement, which are worth a few hours of your vacation time. On the map, the island is rectangular and has a length of 880 metres; thus, it can be easily explored by foot. Mazzorbo has a lot of agricultural land, so you can enjoy typical regional and freshly cooked dishes. Artichokes are a speciality of the island.

Hotel tip in Mazzorbo

The Romantik Hotel Venissa Wine Resort has 5 rooms located in an old estate. They have a modern design and are furnished with exclusive furniture and unique art objects. The family, which also runs the Romantik Hotel Casa Burano on the neighbouring island, owns its own winery on Mazzorbo. From each room guests have an incomparable view over the surrounding vineyards. The hotel has its own gourmet restaurant with avant-garde cuisine.

The city of Mira

Mira is a municipality in the city of Venice where there is a lot of nature to discover. It is crossed by numerous river paths. Among the sights of this historic city is Villa Foscari, a representative building from the middle of the 16th century. Mira is an ideal starting point to explore Venice.

Hotel tip in Mira

Romantik Hotel Villa Margherita is situated in a picturesque turn of the river Brenta in the middle of a historical park. Guests are welcomed here at the highest level. The rooms in different categories are furnished with fine fabrics and designer furniture in Italian style. The restaurant Margherita is known for its fish specialities.