Discover the Sights and Sounds of Venice, Italy Posted October 12 2016 by JW Haagensen Travel Insurance Picture it now, you and your partner floating down a canal in a gondola, surrounded by old buildings with tons of character, and music playing while the sun sets. No that isn’t something that only happens in the movies or in a dream, just plan a vacation to Venice, Italy and you will see what I’m talking about! There are plenty of reasons why your trip should be to Venice, but one main reason is that are isn’t any other place like it in the world. Name another city that uses canals instead of roads, and has gondola parking outside your front door. Venice is located in Northeastern Italy and is made up of 117 small islands that separated by canals. The city is known for its beautiful scenery, architecture, and arts. Taste authentic Venetian food such as “oca in onto” or Venetian antipasti., and don’t forget to top it off with some gelato! There are several museums that are must visits, stroll through the piazza San Marco to see St. Mark’s Clock Tower among many other landmarks, take a wine tour and learn about “the ombra and the spritz”, the adventures are seemingly endless, and will be sure to create memories that last a lifetime and leaving you wanting to come back.For those that don’t remember, earlier this year we wrote a blog, “The Top 5 Places to Visit in 2016.” Number two on that list was Venice, Italy!Grand CanalCan you imagine if a major road through your city was a canal? The Grand Canal is one of the major traffic waterways in Venice with transportation being offered by water buses, water taxis, and the world-famous gondolas. Winding directly through the heart of Venice, the Grand Canal is 3.8 km long, and varies between 30-90m wide. Get a chance to see how different this city is to any other place you have visited before. The banks of the canal are lined with buildings, most of which were built between the 13th and 18th centuries. Be sure to go to the Rialto Bridge, which is the oldest of four bridges that span across the canal. St. Mark’s BasilicaSt. Mark’s Basilica (also known as Basilica di San Marco) is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. It is the most famous church in the city, and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. The building’s nickname is “Church of Gold” for its gold accents, mosaics, and statues as it serves as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. A feature of St. Mark’s Basilica that is highly recommended is the bell tower known as St. Mark’s Campanile. The Campanile is one of Venice’s most recognized landmark’s and is the best way to get a bird’s eye view of the city and surrounding areas as it stands almost 100 metres tall! Doge’s PalaceOne of the main landmarks of Venice, Doge’s Palace is a grand structure built from limestone and marble that truly represents Venetian Gothic style architecture. The Palace was the seat of the government of Venice for centuries, and served as the home of the Doge (the elected ruler of Venice), as well as a venue for courts, administration, even the city jail at one point in time. Today, the palace serves as a museum that is a must visit for anyone who is traveling to Venice. Art MuseumsLocated on the Grand Canal, the Peggy Guggenhiem Collection is a modern art museum that features the personal art collection of Puggy Guggenhiem. The collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which is an 18th century palace that served as her home. Some of the artists that are featured in her collection include her former husband Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Georges Braque, Marcel Duchamp, and many others. Another art museum that you should visit in Venice is the Gallerie dell’Accademia, which features pre-19th century art. This museum is also located on the Grand Canal. Some artists that are featured include Leonardo da Vinci, Giorgione, Gentile and Giovanni Bellini, among others.Now that you have some ideas of where you should be traveling in the upcoming year, don’t forget to protect yourself by getting Travel Insurance. As stated in a previous blog, “Tips Everyone Should Follow When Traveling Abroad”, it is important to have proper travel insurance coverage in case of an unexpected emergency while traveling abroad. Our Insurance Specialists have the knowledge and experience to offer advice or help select the best insurance plan for your needs. Visit mhginsurance.com or call +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 for help in selecting the plan that fits you best. Safe travels!