About Elisa Z
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Jul 2012
25-34 year old female
I love traveling! Experience other cultures, learn new languages, taste exotic food and see the world from different perspectives. I was born in Italy but I left it soon after finishing my studies in Bologna. I lived in Dublin, Valencia, Melbourne and traveled a lot around Europe, South East Asia and Brazil. I currently live in London but I regularly go to Venice to visit some dear friends and to São Paulo to visit my partner's family and friends.
Landmarks & points of interest
Castles, Historic sites, Museums, History museums, Landmarks & points of interest
Religious sites, Neighbourhoods
Architectural buildings, Castles, Art museums
Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest
Other outdoor activities
Churches & cathedrals
This palace is already quite impressive from the outside, and its interior will astonish you even more. Prepare to be overwhelmed by its grandeur as well as its sumptuous decorations, including marble sculptures, reliefs and oil paintings — some of which are among the largest in the world!
Centrally located in Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square), the oldest cafe in Venice first opened its doors in 1720. Venture inside to see the marvelous 18th century antique furnishings and enjoy its magical atmosphere. Popular for good reason — you'll be swept back to times gone by in an instant!
Surrounded by historic buildings — including the spectacular San Mark’s Basilica — this square is definitely a must-see in Venice. Indulge yourself by wandering around its perimeter for a while, and be sure to pass by again later at night, when the illuminated buildings create an entirely different atmosphere, and when you might even catch a live music performance or two!
This wonderful palace offers an intimate glimpse into the lifestyle and art of the 18th century, complete with period furniture, superb decor, frescos and rare paintings. It's home to numerous great works of art by Venetian masters, including Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Canaletto.
In the Jewish Ghetto and the surrounding Fondamenta delle Misericordia and Fondamenta dei Contarini areas, you can taste the authentic everyday life of local Venetians. These areas are very popular during summer nights especially, when residents gather along the canal to enjoy a drink at one of the many bars. At Fondamenta dei Contarini, there are also two exquisite pieces of architecture to admire: Palazzo Mastelli overlooking the canal, and Campo dei Mori.
Finish a day of sightseeing by visiting one of the most popular taverns among local Venetians! Located in Fondamenta della Misericordia, this rustic restaurant offers the best seafood in town, and serves it up in a simple setting with a lively atmosphere. Prices are extremely reasonable too, when compared to the average dinner bill in Venice!
After years of restoration, the Galleria dell'Accademia's stunning facade is finally visible again. The Accademia hosts the most important collection of Venetian art from the 13th through to the 18th century, including the magnificent Storie di Sant'Orsola (The Legend of Saint Ursula) by Carpaccio, and the famous Cena a Casa di Levi (Dinner in Levi's House) by Veronese.
This wonderful place offers an oasis of tranquillity, quieter and less crowded than the more popular galleries. It is well worth visiting simply for the superb floor and wall mosaics in the Loggia area, overlooking the Grand Canal, but it also hosts impressive sculptures, ceramics and remarkable paintingss in the Italian tradition by Tintoretto, Titian, and Guardi.
Although this restaurant is located in a crowded and touristic area, just in front of Ca’ d’Oro Palace, it still offers a variety of very affordable and tasty options. Expect typical Venetian dishes, fresh seafood and local wine, served in a warm and cozy atmosphere.
In the Castello district, you will probably meet more Venetians than tourists — especially when exploring more towards S. Elena Island and Via Garibaldi. This is a great area for wandering, plus if you're lucky enough to be visiting over the third Saturday in July, you can join the locals in celebrating the Festa del Redentore (commemorating the construction of the Redentore Church). During the celebration, Venetians build a bridge of boats from the church to the Zattere, and spend the entire day eating and drinking along the canal, waiting for midnight fireworks to commence!
Venice's lagoon is an incredible spot and easily reachable by public transport. Best as a full-day trip, you can while away the hours pleasantly exploring each of its main islands: Murano, world-renowned for its beautiful glassware production; Burano, famous for its colorful houses and handmade lace; and Torcello, with its wonderful Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta.
Located just beyond the Murano Glass Museum, this church is a hidden gem, well off the typical tourist trail. You'll be surprised by its peaceful atmosphere as well as its marvelous 12th century Byzantine mosaic pavement. Plus, in the side chapel over the altar, you'll find four ribs more than one meter long, hanging by wires — according to local legend, they belonged to a dragon slain by St. Donatus!
You simply can’t leave Venice without a gondola ride! It may not be cheap, but it's a truly unique experience, and one that you're unlikely to regret. Climb aboard and see the city from a different perspective as you discover places not visible from the mainland. And if you're lucky, your gondolier will sing, play or share stories about the history of the city.
If you feel like treating yourself, make like Ernest Hemingway and dine at this wonderful restaurant on Torcello Island. Located in a beautiful environment immersed in nature, this elegant restaurant offers excellent food, attentive service and a lovely atmosphere.