What to see and do in Venice – Venice Travel Guide- Part II

ENG: In last travel guide, I was talking about the artistic and historical importance of Venice. Today, I have prepared for you a list of things that I love to do and places I think you need to see in Venice. I hope you will like it! If you have something to add to this list and share with the other readers, write it down in the comments!

SRB: U prethodnom turističkom vodiču, pisala sam o umetničkom i istorijskom značaju Venecije. Danas sam za vas pripremila listu mojih omiljenih aktivnosti i mesta koje mislim da bi trebalo posetiti u Veneciji. Nadam se da će vam se dopasti i ukoliko imate nešto da dodate ovoj listi, podelite to sa nama u komentarima!

1. Take a gondola ride

Gondola is traditional Venetian rowing boat that is especially built to suit made for shallow waters of the lagoon. Riding with this boat gives you unique experience that you can only find in Venice. If you are coming to Venice with your sweetheart, this is something you can to miss. During your ride between the Venetian houses and palaces, you will enjoy the stories and songs, told and sang by famous Venetian gondoliers. This is what makes Venice, one of the most romantic destinations in the world.

Vožnja Gondolom

Gondola je tradicionalni Venecijanski brodić, posebno napravljen da za uske kanale Venecijaske lagune. Vožnja ovim čamcem omogućiće vam nezaboravno jedinstveno iskustvo koje možete doživeti samo u Veneciji. Tokom vožnje između Venecijanskih palata i kuća, uživaćete slušajući priče i pesme gondolijera. Vožnja gondolom predstavlja jedan od zaštitnih znakova ovoga grada.

2. Visit Doge’s Palace

Start your Venice sightseeing tour by visiting the Doge’s palace. This palace on the St Mark’s square was residence of Venetian rule, the Doge. The palace is settled and connected to the St Mark’s basilica and was built in Venetian gothic style. Here was located the center of power of Venetian republic. The construction of the building we can see today started in 1385 and was finished in 14th century. Today, this breathtaking palace is a museum open for tourist from all over the world. This museum was opened in 1923.

Posetite duždevu palatu 

Započnite obilazak Venecije, posetom Duždevoj palati. Ova palata na trgu Svetog Marka je bila rezidencija Mletačkog vladara, Dužda. Palata se nalazi tik do crkve Svetog Marka i napravljena je u gotskom stilu. U ovoj palati nalazio se centar moći Mletačke Republike. Izgradnja Duždeve palate kakvu je danas poznajemo i vidimo, započela je 1385. godine i bila je završena do kraja 14-tog veka. Danas, ovaj prelepa palata i dragulj Mletačke arhitekture, otvorena je za turiste. Muzej Duždeve Palate otvoren je 1923. godine.

3. Visit Saint Mark’s Basilica

Right to the Doge’s palace is one of the most famous churches in the world, basilica of St Mark. The facade of the church is settled on the east end of St Mark’s square but the rest of the church is connected to the Doge’s palace. This church was a private royal chapel for Venetian ruling family during the Golden age of Venetian republic. The construction of the church started in 828, when Venetian merchants stole the relics of a Saint Mark in Egypt. Today’s appearance the church got in 1063. The inspiration for its design was the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. The original appearance of the church was modest, without any frescoes and sculptures. The church as we know it, got its appearance after Constantinople and the Hagia Sophia were looted in the fourth crusade, in 1204. Because of its luxurious design and gold ground mosaics and considering that it was a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, the church got the nickname “Chiesa d’Oro” or “the church of gold”.

Posetite crkvu Svetog Marka 

Kao što sam već pomenula, crkva Svetog Marka nalazi se tik do Duždeve Palate. Ova bazilika je jedna od najpoznatijih crkava na svetu. Fasada, odnosno prednja strana crkve, gleda na istomeni trg, dok je ostatak crkve povezan sa Duždevom palatom. Ova crkva je bila privatna kapela vladajuće porodice Mletačke republike, tokom zlatnog doba postojanja ovog grada- države. Izgradnja crkve počela je 828. godine, kada su trgovci iz Venecije ukrali mošti Svetog Marka iz Egipta. Današnji izgled, crkva je dobila tokom 1063. godine. Dizajn crkve bio je inspirisan crkvom Svetih Apostola u tadašnjem Konstantinopolju. Origialni izgled crkve je bio skroman, bez fresaka i skulptura. Današnji izgled, dobila je nakon što je Konstatinopolj opljčkan tokom četvrtog Krstaškog rata, 1204. godine. Sve opljačkane relikvije, uključujući i figure konja na vrhu crkve, donete su u ccrkvu Svetog Marka. Zbog zlatnih mozaika i luksuznog uređenja, crkva Svetog Marka, dobila je nadimak, “Chiesa d’Oro”, odnosno “crkva od zlata”.

4. Visit Bridge of Sighs

“Ponte dei Sospiri “ or “ The Bridge of Sights” is one of the most famous bridges in Venice. This bridge goes over the canal Rio di Palazzo and connects San Marco and Castello city area in Venice. The bridge also connects the Doge’s palace with “ the new prison“which was the first  building in the world built for this purpose. Over this bridge, the prisoners took they last look of the world and were taken to the prison. In that time, imprisonment was very cruel, and people would get a life long prison sentence even for small offenses. Therefore, people created this legend of  “ bridge of sighs“. Nowadays, there is a ways better and brighter legend. The legend says that if a couple in love pass under the bridge at sunset and they kiss, their love will last forever. Bringing this legend to life is definitely one of the things you need to do in Venice. The baroque bridge is located near the St Mark’s Square so tourist can find it very easy and take pictures from Ponte della Paglia and Ponte della Canonica, or during their ride in gondola. “ The bridge of sighs“ is one of the most visited and most important Venice points of interests for tourists around the world.

Posetite “Most uzdaha”

“Ponte dei Sospiri “ ili “most uzdaha” je jedan od najznačajnijih i najposećenijih turističkih atrakcija u Veneciji.  Most prelazi preko kanala Rio di Palazzo, povezuje dve gradske oblasti u venciji, San Marco i Castello, ali i Duždevu palatu sa “novim zatvorom”, prvom zgradom na svetu izgrađenom za ovu svrhu. Nakon što su čuli svoju presudu i kaznu, zatvorenici su ovde na ovom mostu po poslednji put videli svetlost dana i svet, i po predanju, uzdahnuli! U tadašnjoj Mletačkoj republici, kazne i za najmanja krivična dela bile su drakonske. Upravo zbog ogromnih , i često doživotnih, kazni, ljudi su stvorili ovu legendu o mostu uzdaha. Danas postoje dalako lepša i vedrija legenda vezana za ovaj most. Legenda kaže da ukoliko zaljubljeni par, prođe i poljubi se ispod mosta, dok sunce zalazi, njihova ljubav trajaće večno. Most se nalazi blizu trga Svetog Marka i lako ćete ga pronaći dok obilazite grad. Najbolje fotografije ovog mosta ćete napraviti sa mostova Ponte della Paglia i Ponte della Canonica ili tokom vožnje gondolom.

5. Visit Rialto bridge

One of the best places to visit in Venice is Rialto bridge. This is the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal and connects the districts of San Marco and San Paolo. Firstly, there was pontoon than wooden bridge. In 1551, the Venetian Senate open concurs for the stone bridge across Grand Canal. A lot of important and famous artist of that time, applied with their projects. But at the end, they choose the solution by Antonio da Ponto. The construction started in 1588 and was finished in 1591. Beside its historical importance, you should visit this bridge to enjoy impressive view over Venice.

Prošetajte mostom Rialto

Jedno od najboljih mesta koje možete posetiti u Veneciji je most Rialto! Ovo je najstariji most preko Velikog kanala i povezuje oblsti San MArko i San Paolo. Prvenstveno je na ovom mestu bio pontonski most  a nakon toga i drveni most. 1555. godine, Senat Mletačke republike, raspisao je konkurs za izgradnju kamenog mosta preko najvažnijeg i najvećeg mosta u Veneciji. Veliki broj značajnih umetnika i graditelja tog vremena, prijavilo se sa svojim idejama na konkurs. Ali na kraju, kao pobednik konkursa i glavni arhitekta ovog projekta bio je izabran Anronio da Ponto. Izgradnja je počela 1588 i završena je 1591. godine. Pored istorijskog značaja ovog mosta, savetujem vam da posetite ovaj most kako bi uhvatili jedan od najlepših pogleda na Veneciju.

6. Spend an afternoon at Lido di Venezia

After long sightseeing tour around Venice, I suggest you to spend a peaceful and relaxing afternoon at Lido di Venezia. This island is 12 km long and with a width between 200 and 1600 meters. It located at the entrance to the Venetian lagoon. This beautiful part of Venice makes this city one of the top city breaks destinations. But this little island is also one of the best holiday destinations in Europe because during the summer, it becomes home for numerous tourists. The majority of tourists are Italians from nearby cities. From 1932, Venetian Film Festival or “ La Mostra” is held here on Lido di Venezia.

Provedite popodne na ostrvu Lido di Venezia

Nakon dugog dana obilaska grada, predlažem vam da popodne provedete uživajući na ostrvu Lido di Venezia. Ovo 12 km dug ostrvo, široko je između 200 i 1600 metara. Nalazi se na ulazu u Venecijansku lagunu i predstavlja jedno od omiljenih izletišta Italijana iz okolnih gradova. Tokom leta, ovde dolazi veliki broj turista. Lido je najpoznatije kao mesto na kome se od 1932. godine održava ” La mostra” ili Venecijanski festival filma.

7. Visit Venice during the carnival season

What to do in Venice? Well, beside sightseeing and learning about history you can enjoy carnival in Venice.  During this period, Venice is becoming the place of masks, colors, music and fun. The Venetian carnival is maybe the most popular carnival in the world, but it is definitely the oldest one. History of the carnival starts in 1162 when Venetians took the victory in the battle over Aquileia. The victory was celebrated on the St Mark’s square and this event it’s considered to be the real start of Venetian carnival. The first written records about the carnival are from 1296. The word “carnival” comes from Italian phrase “carne vale” which means “ the meat is living”. Firstly, the carnival was held before the Easter fasting, which explains the title of the event. Today, the carnival is held during January of February. The low season when it come to tourism in Venice, was during winter, therefore the government of Venice decided to organize this event during this period. The carnival approximately lasts for 3 weeks and it’s liveliest during the last weekend. During carnival, you can enjoy numerous events, concerts all over the city, on the bridges on the streets. The main stage is settled on the St Mark’s Square. There are also numerous balls held in Venetian palaces.

Posetite Veneciju tokom sezone karnevala

Ukoliko se pitate šta možete raditi u Veneciji pored obilazaka palata i crkava, predlažem vam da doživite Veneciju u njenom punom sjaju tokom karnevalskih dana. Venecijanski karneval je jedan od najpoznatijih i definitivno najstarijih karnevala na svetu. Prvi pisani dokumenti o karnevala potiču iz 1296. godine. Sama reč “karneval” potiče od italijanske fraze ” carne vale” što znači ” meso odlozi”. Otkud baš ovo ime i ovo značenje? Prvobitno, karneval se održavao pred početak Uskršnjeg posta, i gradjani Venecije su se na ovaj način opraštali od mesa i počinjali veliki post. S obzirom da tokom zimskih meseci najmanji broj turista posećuje Veneciju, gradske vlasti su se odlučile da proslavu karnevala premeste u januar i februar. Karneval traje oko 3 nedelje i najživahniji i najinteresantniji je poslednji vikend karnevala. Tokom karnevala, u gradu se održava veliki broj događaja i koncerata. Glavna bina tokom karnevala nalazi se na trgu Svetog Marka. Pored koncerata, širom grada, u prelepim palatama Venecije, održava se i veliki broj balova. Stoga, ukoliko želite još nešto da doživite u Veneciji pored standardnog obilaska grada, posetite je tokom sezone karnevala.

8. Enjoy the view over Venice from Campanile di San Marco

If you want to enjoy the most beautiful view over Venice, visit one of the most picturesque places in this city, campanile di San Marco. This is the bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica and one of the symbols of Venice. The Venetians call it “El parón de casa” or “the landlord of the house”. It’s located in the corner of St Mark’s Square and it’s 98, 6 meters high. The view from the top of it is priceless.

Uživajte u pogledu sa zvonika crkve Svetog Marka

Ukoliko želite da doživite jedan od najlepših trenutaka u Veneciji i uživate u pogledu koji oduzima dah, popniti se na vrh zvonika crkve Svetog Marka. Ovaj zvonik je još jedan od simbola Venecije i među lokalnim stanovništvom poznat je kao “El parón de casa” ili “gazda kuće”. Nalazi se u uglu trga Svetog Marka i visok je 98,6 metara.

9. Visit Basilica Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria della Salute or Saint Mary of Health is a Roman Catholic Church and one of the symbols of Venice. It’s located at Punta della Dogana in the district of Dorsoduro, between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal, at the Bacino di San Marco. If you are coming to Venice by boat, you will be able to see it from St Mark’s Square. This church was built after the terrible plague in 1630. The people of Venice wanted to build a church to Santa Maria della Salute to protect them after this devastating event. The construction of this baroque basilica started in 1631. The church was designed by Baldassare Longhena.

Posetite crkvu Santa Maria della Salute

Santa Maria della Salute ili crkva Svete Marije od zdravlja je rimokatolička crkva, smeštena na Punta della Dogana u Venecijanskoj oblasti, Dorsoduro, između Velikog kanala i kanala Giudecca. Ukoliko dolazite u Veneciju brodom, ovaj crkva je jedan od prvih simbola Venecije koje ćete videti. Ova crkva je izgrađena nakom strašne epidemije kuge, 1630. godine. Građani Venecije želeli su da sagrade ovu crkvu kako bi ih zaštitila od smrti, bolesti i zla kao što je kuga. Izgradnja crkve započeta je već naredne godine. Pored istorije koju sa sabom nosi ova bazilika, nama koji dolazimo iz Srbije, ova crkva je značajna zbog najlepše ljubavne pesme ikada napisane na srpskom jeziku i velikog srpskog pesnika Laze Kostića.

10. Get lost in Venice

One of the best things you can do in Venice, is to get lost. Wander the streets and discover new interesting places in Venice. You can find beautiful small family restaurant with amazing Italian cuisine, cute little antique shops and Venetian palaces with breathtaking architecture. You will see and truly understand why Venice is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Europe.

Izgubite se u Veneciji

Jedna od najboljih stvari koje možete uraditi tokom svog boravka u Venecije, jeste da se izgubite lutajući njenim ulicama. Tako ćete pronaći divne male porodične restorane sa fantastičnom hranom, antikvarnice i prodavnice suvenira ali i uživati u živopisnoj arhitekturi grada. Shvatićete zašto je Venecija jedna od najposećenijih turističkih destinacija u Evropi.

11. Have a cup of coffee at St Mark’s Square

I know! It’s such a cliche! But, admit it! The first thing you think of, when you are thinking of the activities you can do in Venice, is drinking that amazing, delicious espresso, on the main city square, while watching the Dodge’s Palace and St Mark’s Cathedral, watching the people and the birds, and just simply enjoying the sun. Isn’t it beautiful? Although, here, the coffee can cost way more than in some small street, couple of blocks away, the experience and the feeling you are going to get by drinking this famous Italian drink, is priceless.

Popijete kafu na trgu Svetog Marka

Znam! To je takav kliše! Ali priznajte! Prva stvar na koju pomislite, kada razmišljate o aktivnostima koje možete raditi u Veneciji, ispijanje jutarnje kafe na trgu Svetog Marka je prvo što vam padne na pamet. Ispijanje ovog čuvenom, fantastastičnog Italijanskog napitka, na glavnom gradskom trgu, dok gledate na Duždevu palatu i crkvu Svetog Marka, gledajući ljudi i ptice i uživajući u suncu je nešto što ne možete propustiti dok ste u Veneciji. Iako je kafa, u nekom manjem kafiću par uličica dalje, dosta jeftinija, morate priznati da je ispijanje kafe na ovako kultnom mestu, neprocenjivo iskustvo.

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Your perfect spring travel outfits by SheIn!

ENG: As a continuation of my spring travel series, I decided to create three perfect spring travel outfits for you, combined of clothes from my favorite online brand, SheIn.  I have created an outfit for plane, one for sightseeing tour around your chose destination and an evening outfit, for a dinner or a drink at the end of an amazing day. Links of all clothing items that are part of outfits, are below the pictures. If you like my outfits, and you feel inspired, visit www.shein.com and pick your perfect travel outfit for this spring!

SRB: Kao nastavak serije postova o prolećnim putovanjima, odlučila sam da kreiram i sa vama podelim 3 savršena outfita za vaše i moje prolećno putovanje. Odevne kombinacije su sačinjene od komada sa jednog od mojih omiljenih online brandova, SheIn. Kreirala sam jedan outfit idealan za udobno putovanje avionom, jedan za šetnju i obilazak grada i jedan za večernji izlazak, večeru ili piće na kraju divnog dana provedenog u vašoj omiljenoj turističkoj destinaciji. Ukoliko vam se dopale i inspirisale vas ove moje kombinacije, posetite www.shein.com i izaberite vaš idealan outfit za prolećno putovanje.

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