Known worldwide for its beauty, for its breathtaking views and its one-of-a-kind monuments, Venice is certainly a destination to consider. Although it’s famous for its very popular points of interest, such as St. Mark’s Cathedral or the Bridge of Sighs, there are also many enchanting attractions that are tucked away and much less crowded.
Libreria Acqua Alta
This is much more than a library. Obviously, the shop has a huge selection of books (at the Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice there is a saying that when, at the beginning of the year, students go to look for books for their classes: “if you don’t find it at Acqua Alta, probably does not exist “), but this is not the only peculiarity of the place. In fact, the books are displayed inside of old barrels, canoes, bathtubs, and even gondolas! Outside, a huge staircase will lead you to a unique view of Venice. And last but not least, there are three beautiful cats that roam the shelves.
Squero San Trovaso
The squero is where repairs and maintenance work is carried out on the gondolas. There are three in Venice, but the most famous is certainly San Trovaso. Unfortunately, the shipyard is not open to the public, but there is a bar right in front (Osteria Al Squero) where you can drink a spritz and eat the typical cicchetti, while watching the Squero’s activities!
The Teatro Italia is located in Strada Nuova, the central calle that connects the station to the Rialto Bridge. Walking along, you will see the Teatro Italia on the left and, upon entering, you will be amazed. The building was built in 1915 as a theater but later fell into disuse. A few years ago, the building was recovered and “saved” and transformed into a supermarket by Despar. The project has provoked a lot of criticism, but today, when you walk into Teatro Italia, you’ll find yourself in one of the most unusual buildings ever!
Terrazza al Fondaco dei Tedeschi
The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a Renaissance palace near the Rialto Bridge which today houses a luxury store. If you want to go shopping, then you can get lost among the numerous brands – mostly Made in Italy – or go directly to the terrace and enjoy one of the most incredible views of Venice. The visit is free, but a reservation is recommended.
Scala Contarini del Bovolo
Another unusual thing to see is certainly the Contarini del Bovolo staircase: an 80-step spiral staircase, 26 meters high. The view is breathtaking and the experience is really worth it. There is an entrance fee and the opening hours are from 10 to 18.
Article by Ludovica Baldan