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Baby Boomers Must See Travel Destinations  -  Venice

There are many baby boomers travel destinations that can be recommended. One I would suggest being high up on the list is Venice in Italy. I can remember planning an itinerary for a couple of weeks in Italy. As a first time visitor to this country I wanted to cover the highlights; Rome, Florence, and Tuscany. And with a few days left to use up on my holiday I chose to add Venice as the final destination. I thought that it would nice to see this city in the sea and that it probably wouldn't need more than two days to visit since I thought it was small and quaint like many Italian towns. Was I ever wrong.

As everyone knows Venice is built on mostly man made islands just off the north east coast of Italy. It is many centuries old and was once one of the most powerful and wealthy cities in the Mediterranean owing to its strategic location. Without going too much into its history it is suffice to say that not only is it very beautiful but it is also much larger than I had imagined.

On the main island can be found most of the famous sites including the famous St. Mark's square. I can recall being floored by its beauty and grandeur as I emerged from a narrow laneway into the square. The long buildings and colonnade surrounding this wide area lead up to the famous gilded cathedral of St. Mark and then opens up to the main channel separating the main island from the others making up the city. At the waters edge is the iconic Doges Palace. You can easily spend hours here admiring the beauty or just observing the thousands of visitors from all over the world. Or you may ponder times past during the glory days of this city.

The best way to see the rest of Venice is by boat. The least expensive means of transportation are the water buses known as vaporetto. You can purchase a pass for several days of travel for several eurosand hop on and off as you please. There are many routes and they are very frequent. Alternatives are the more expensive water taxis and of course the gondolas. But if you want to go from point A to Point B in Venice; the vaporetto is the way to go.

And you must go up and down the Grand Canal; once during daylight and again at night. This can be easily done by vaporetto and you will not be disappointed as you will see probably one of the grandest "streets" in the world full of old palaces and luxury mansions from the golden era of Venice.

Another must do excursion is to visit the neighborhood of Morano which is on an island of the same name in city. Famous for its glass making you will see glass making artists making stunning glass pieces including the famous Morano chandeliers. Plan on spending a half day if you go to Morano.

Finally; besides the boats to get around; walking is the only other way to visit. Not even bicycles are allowed and cars must be parked at the parkade located at the end of the causeway from the mainland. You may also park on the mainland and take either a bus or train across to old Venice. Travelling by train from another location is easy since there is a large train terminal in old Venice next to the car parkade and cruise ship terminal.

I hope you enjoyed this article on one of the must see baby boomers travel destinations that is a must do on anyone's boomer bucket list.


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