Venice – Not Just Gondolas and Water Canals

Venice, the floating gem of Italy, conjures up images of gondolas gliding through the grand canal with ornate palazzos rising gracefully from the water. While these iconic tourist attractions have become synonymous with the city, there is much more to Venice than meets the eye.

Prepare to embark on a journey through the secrets and lesser-known parts of this enchanting city in this article written by a local resident who loves her city. Brace yourself as we reveal the hidden treasures from Piazza San Marco to the Rialto Bridge and show you different experiences that make Venice a truly extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Yet, you may have a burning question before this wondrous adventure begins: “How do I get into Venice”? Well, we are delighted you asked. There are a multitude of ways in which one may visit this timeless city, be it either by vast public transport network or by pre-booking an airport transfer.

Getting from the airport, whether it is Marco Polo or Treviso, can take some time, and after a long flight, your best option may be to take a taxi, train or bus. Still, the most assured and reliable way to arrive fresh and ready to explore Venice is definitely by pre-booking a transfer. 

AtoB airport transfer service has a very attractive offer at the moment (, which offers a quality ride in an affordable vehicle. With all their add-ons to your airport taxi, such as child seats, additional stops and bottled refreshments, among others, AtoB transfer is one of the most robust providers in and around the floating city.

Artistic Haven

Venice’s artistic legacy is an unrivalled treasure of a bygone era. Yet, beyond the masterpieces adorning the walls of the renowned tourist attractions in Venice like Gallerie dell’Accademia, visitors can lose themselves in the vibrant contemporary art scene. Explore the Biennale, a prestigious international exhibition that showcases cutting-edge art, or take an airport taxi or gondola ride and discover hidden galleries tucked away in the city’s labyrinthine streets.

Canal side restaurants in Venice

Gastronomical Excellence

Venice, like most Italian cities, tantalizes not only the eyes but also the taste buds. Reserving a taxi is like a private tour to help you step away from the tourist hotspots and indulge your culinary passion in the authentic flavours of Venetian cuisine. From delectable cicchetti (Venetian tapas) to mouth watering seafood at local bacari (wine bars), every bite is like having the tango danced on your uvula. Don’t forget to try Veneto’s celebrated Prosecco wine, a sparkling companion to your culinary escapades.

Venetian Mask Magic

Unleash your inner masquerader and immerse yourself in the Venetian carnival spirit. Don an exquisite mask and get ready to be transported to a bygone era of lavish balls and secret identities. During the annual Carnival of Venice (usually in early February – although it depends on when Easter falls), the city becomes an opulent stage for revellers to indulge in merriment, fun, fantasy and fancy dress.

The Jewish Ghetto

Delve into the lesser-known pages of Venetian history, and explore the Jewish Ghetto, Europe’s first established Jewish district (in 1516!). Wander through its narrow alleys, visit the synagogues, and listen to the stories of resilience and cultural vibrancy that unfolded within its walls over its many centuries of culinary and artistic history. Indulge yourself in a tour of Kosher bakeries and coffee shops selling tasty treats for the weary traveller.

The Islands Of The Venetian Lagoon

Venture beyond the main island of Venice to discover the captivating islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Witness the mesmerizing art of glassblowing in Murano, stroll through the kaleidoscope of colourful houses in the neighbouring island of Burano, and visit the ancient Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello. Each island in the city built on water offers its own unique experience, unveiling diverse aspects of Venetian life.

Venice Opera House interior

Opera Under The Stars

As the sun sets over the Venetian skyline, an ethereal experience awaits you. The Teatro La Fenice, a legendary opera house located in San Marco, stages breathtaking performances against the backdrop of the shimmering lagoon. Come here and surrender your body and soul to the captivating melodies and ballet performances and let the enchanting notes carry you away into a world of musical brilliance. Performances are regularly staged to enlighten the Venice sky, and if you cannot see a show, you can always book a tour of one of the world’s leading opera venues.

Hidden Courtyards and Gardens

Peek behind the most popular tourist attractions and palazzos’ facades to discover Venice’s secret gardens and hidden courtyards. These verdant oases dating back to the middle ages, offer respite from the bustling streets, allowing you to immerse yourself in tranquillity. Unwind amidst fragrant blooms and ancient statues, feeling like an esteemed guest of the city’s aristocracy – we can always dream!

Venice, the Italian city with its mesmerizing canals and gondola rides, has always captivated the imagination of travellers worldwide. However, beyond the iconic Venice landmarks of St Mark’s basilica, the clock tower, the Rialto bridge and the Grand Canal lies a city brimming with artistic treasures, incredibly yummy food, hidden stories, and enchantingly unique experiences.

From immersing yourself in the vibrant contemporary art scene to supping the authentic flavours of Venetian cuisine, from masquerading during the Carnival to exploring the Jewish Ghetto, every corner of Venice reveals a new world of its multifaceted charm.

So, dearest travellers, let Venice lure you into its warm embrace. Take a guided Venice airport transfer and seek beyond the famous landmarks and important religious buildings to embark on an adventure that will unravel the city’s enigmatic secrets. Allow Venice to bewitch you with its splendour, and in return, you’ll discover a city that transcends mere beauty – a city that promises to leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul. Arrivederci!

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Stefano Safilo
Stefano Safilo is an extraordinary Italian author, renowned for his captivating works on health, beauty, and fashion. Born and raised in the vibrant city of Milan, Stefano's unique perspective on life brings an innovative and inspiring approach to his writing.
From a young age, Stefano developed a deep passion for the world of aesthetics, recognizing the powerful impact it can have on individuals' lives. With an unwavering commitment to inclusivity and self-expression, his work explores the intricate connection between personal well-being and outward appearance.