Having a destination wedding in such a beautiful and sunny country like Italy, is the perfect occasion to mix a holiday/honeymoon together with a memorable ceremony and reception. Your guests could enjoy some sightseeing after or before the day of the celebration and the same goes for the newlyweds. I therefore decided to bring you around all the different Italian regions and what they have to offer through my blog. I will start with three posts about Veneto, and in this first part, I will shed light on the city of Venice. Doesn't this sound interesting? Let the journey begin!
The Veneto region is located on the North-East side of Italy. The main city, "capoluogo" in Italian, is Venice. So much history has gone through those lands and imagine how many different emperors the citizens has seen. It was just in the middle of the 19th century, that the Austrian empire would leave this region to King Vittorio Emanuele II, and, in 1866, that Italy would become a unified country.
In Venice you can experience different architectural styles linked to many to all the historical moments this city has witnessed. Starting from the Byzantine style of St Mark's Basilica in the middle of the square. For its opulent design, gold ground mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, from the 11th century on the building has been known by the nickname Chiesa d'Oro (the Church of Gold). The queue to get in is usually very long, but the mosaics inside are definitely making the waiting worthwhile.
If you do not want to wait and are not too scared of hight, you might then be interested in going up the Bells' Tower. The view from the top over the lagun is absolutely stunning.
If you are more fascinated by the history of Venice, once an independent republic called "La Serenissima" governed by the Doge (the prime minister), perhaps Ducale's Palace is what you would enjoy the most. Inside this palace you can find the Doge suite and his apartment, where the parliament would assemble to discuss important matters, the Tribunals and the ancient prisons.
If you continue walking by the riverside of the beautiful laguna, you will notice a very symbolic bridge on your left side, the Sospiri's Bridge (Bridge of Sighs). Its name is due to the fact that it linked the Tribunals with the prisons in the basements and therefore, it would be the last time prisoners would see the sunlight, causing them to sigh.
From this point, I recommend visiting Santa Maria della Salute's Church, commonly called "Salute". The church is a tribute to St. Mary after the salvation from a terrible epidemic of bubonic plague, that had spread in the entire city in the 17th century, causing the deaths of several citizens. Inside the chapel you can find some beautiful paintings of Tintoretto and Tiziano. The church itself feels very spacious and airy with lots of big windows and stunning "rosoni" (the painting in the glass) to bring inside as much as possible natural light.
Venice has many other small, yet very cozy, churches available for religious wedding ceremonies. It can be arranged, if you would wish, to have your very own wedding in one of them.
One sight you should not miss during your stroll around the city, is Rialto Bridge, one of the first and largest bridges over the Canal Grande at the time of its construction.
For all art lovers - like me - you absolutely cannot miss the Guggenheim Museum in Punta Dogana, near Salute's Church. The museum is located in the last residence of the famous American art collector Peggy Guggenheim, who decided that Venice would be the best city for her retirement. The museum has pieces of modern art from Picasso, Magritte, Pollokh and Duchamp, just to mention few of them.
Venice has not only historical monuments or museums to offer, it contains some of the finest and most luxurious hotels, cafés and restaurants in the world. It is home to some unique events like the Biennal of Art and Architecture and the Cinema Festival. It also hosts one of the most celebrated Carnivals in Europe, and many other folkloric festivals and exhibitions that make this city alive and entertaining at all times.
Author: Claudia Ambrosi
Founder and wedding planner