In this exclusive interview with Allen Suss, John Vespasian acts as our virtual Venice travel guide, sharing his insights into one of the world’s most romantic and often-visited cities.
Venice is fascinating. It is one of the richest places on the planet because of its art heritage.
Venice was a very rich republic until the 1900s.
To say the city of Venice is pretty would be an understatement. It’s most famously known for it’s canals, Piazza San Marco and Saint Mark’s Basilica.
John’s Top 3 Must-See Places in Venice
1. Piazza San Marco
Most of you would have seen the Piazza San Marco from the James Bond movies Moonraker and Casino Royale. It took 2 centuries to build it, and has difference styles.
While the space is not symmetrical, it was done this way to ‘cheat the eye’ and make it look symmetrical.
2. Doge’s Palace
The whole administration of Venice was run out of Doge’s Palace until the 19th century.
This building is also unique as it is a Gothic-style building. It has fantastic paintings inside.
It was built of stone and wood. There was almost no screws used as it fit together by hand.
3. Saint Mark’s Basilica
According to legend, the relics of Mark, one of the gospel writers, is at this location.
It is also unique because it is decorated inside with mosaics, which is quite rare, because of the work involved.
Hundreds of visitors per hour go to Saint Mark’s Basilica as it is a totally unique experience.
What recommendations for the food in Venice?
In Italy the food is very different in each location. Venice has it own cuisine.
For example, in Venice, which is on the eastern coast, they like to eat their pasta with seafood such as clams and mussels. They prepare a sauce with garlic which is delicious.
Another typical Venetian dish is ink fish, sardines and anchovies fried together.
Then there is their pasta dish which is cooked with the ink of octopus as a sauce.
Of course, the other well-known traditional Italian dishes are available to eat in Venice.
How much time should you take to visit Venice?
If you just want to see the main sites, 2 days can be enough.
To do it justice, you need to give yourself 10 days to see all the worthwhile sites in Venice. It can take you a whole day just to visit one of the many museums.
Who is John Vespasian? – our Venice travel guide
John Vespasian is from Holland. He’s an author of personal development books based on history.