Kempinski Blog Article
Venice is one of the most popular cities in the world; in fact, it attracts over 20 million tourists each year! If you do visit Venice you must expect crowds - but what can you do to beat them and enjoy the true beauty of Venice instead? This list has all you need to do just that. Read on to find out how.
Enjoy a drink with locals at A La Vecia Papussa
Located in Cannaregio, where Venice’s locals tend to spend most of their time, A La Vecia Papussa is one of Venice’s last hidden gems, marked only by the word ‘bar’ written above the door.
It’s popular with locals and the bar is famed for its cheap and delicious cicchetti – the Venetian version of tapas. Take a seat outside, mingle with locals and enjoy the true charm and beauty of Venice away from the crowds. Very important – leave the English at home and prep your Italian before going. We all know how lovely it is when foreigners make an effort to speak your language and, in this case, Italian definitely is a must!
Take a trip to San Michele
While Murano and Burano are popular Venetian islands with tourists, San Michele is one of Venice’s little-known treasures that is typically overlooked by tourists. It is a small island in the Venetian lagoon, between Murano and Venice, and you can easily get there by water taxi or boat.
San Michele was inhabited in the 13th century by Camaldolese monks and from 1835, the island has mainly been used as a cemetery. It’s incredibly interesting to visit the many tombs here, and you should also make time to explore the beautiful 15th century Renaissance church of San Michele too.
Explore Venetian history at Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries Tour
Once the residence of the Doge of Venice, the leader of the Republic of Venice between 1726 and 1797, the Palace is one of Venice’s world-renowned landmarks. However, its secret itineraries tour is certainly one of the city’s best kept secrets.
On the tour you can visit the prison of the legendary Casanova, peek at cabinets containing confidential documents in the Chamber of the Secret Chancellery, and explore underground passageways leading to the Bridge of Sighs – usually left unopened to regular visitors. You’ll beat the crowds and instead learn the mysteries of Venice’s history as you walk through this private tour.
Go inside the Bridge of Sighs
Many tourists flock to the world-famous Bridge of Sighs, stopping to take pictures and battling the crowds, without realising that the whole significance of the bridge is the views it gives out over Venice!
Instead, walk inside the bridge and look out across the lagoon – this is the way the bridge was intended to be used. In fact, the views from within the bridge were once the final sight for prisoners facing execution. As they exited the Doge’s Palace, the tiny lattice gaps would provide one final view over Venice, hence the name ‘the bridge of sighs’.
Visit Rialto Market
Popular with locals and tourists alike, Rialto Market has satisfied Venetian appetites for seven centuries. Just walk over the Rialto Bridge and you’ll be surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of Venice, with stallholder’s selling a huge selection of seasonal, fresh and delicious local produce.
Locals sell a variety of fresh, local vegetables, including baby artichokes, red chicory and white asparagus. With this seasonal produce, no day is the same, so you can always find something new and delicious each time you visit. Avoid the crowds by arriving early in the morning, as soon as it opens at 7:30am if you can!
Stay at San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice
If you are looking for a private, secluded and luxurious place to stay while in Venice, then San Clemente Palace Kempinski is the perfect hotel for you. Located on the private island of San Clemente in the Venetian lagoon, you’ll avoid the hustle and bustle of mainland Venice and enjoy private water boat transfers to and from the island every day.
The hotel has 190 beautifully decorated rooms and suites that overlook the Venetian lagoon, three world-class restaurants, an outdoor pool and luxury spa too. It is the ultimate destination for an exclusive retreat in Venice.
If you are interested in exploring the untouched and true beauty of Venice, or somewhere else, then there’s sure to be a Kempinski hotel to make your stay even more extraordinary. Click here to view all our hotel locations and book yourself an unforgettable trip.