Bucket lists are all the rage these days, with many people writing up a number of activities they’d like to do before keeling over. Unsurprisingly, the most popular include swimming with dolphins and seeing the earth from space – conveniently forgetting the vast amounts of training required to become an astronaut.
However, thanks to ever-descending prices in the international travel industry, it is now easier than ever to hop on a plane and experience a European country. So if any of your bucket list activities are a little more plausible than popping up to the International Space Station for a peek through the window, now is the time to make them come true. Flights to Venice, for example, are easy to come by, and it truly is a marvel of a city. Here are some of the potential bucket list activities you could tick off. Go on – book those flights now.
Ride in a gondola
Of course, this had to be first on the list as it’s likely to be one of the more popular. Gondolas are expensive, but worth it for the romantic atmosphere and once-in-a-lifetime experience they provide. Gliding past Venice’s beautiful old buildings is a joy, and doing it in the company of your soul mate while being sung sweet nothings by the gondolier is just wondrous. You’ll get to see the city at its best, while doing one of the most romantic activities it is possible to do on the planet.
Walking the Rialto Bridge
Easily one of the most famed of Venice’s many bridges, the Rialto is known for being the oldest construct of its type on the Grand Canal. The dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo appears in dozens of postcards and holiday snaps every single year. Its picturesque arches are truly inspiring – consider paying an extra visit at night when it is beautifully lit up.
St Marks Campanile
The bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica sits in the heart of Venice, dwarfing the city and piercing the skies. A testimony to how beautiful architecture can really be, it is one of the most recognisable symbols of the floating Italian metropolis. There are no steps, just a quick lift up to the top where you can enjoy the sensational views. Go up just before dusk to see Venice at its most beautiful, and make sure you’re there on the hour when the bells ring out across the city.
Dinner in Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco, or St Mark’s Square, is perhaps the most well-known of Venice’s many plazas. Supposedly, Napoleon once called it the drawing room of Europe, and you can understand why. Go early or late to avoid the crowds and grab breakfast or dinner in one of the restaurants or cafes that line its edges. Many of the eateries have small orchestras playing in the square, making for an experience that has to be heard to be believed. The sights, smells and sounds of Piazza San Marco are breathtaking.