When staying in the Sarasota area, it is worth paying a visit to Historic Downtown Venice. It is so named due to the surrounding natural waterways and a lot of the architecture is modelled on Northern Italy. It takes just 30 minutes to reach Historic Downtown Venice by car from central Sarasota.
There are over 130 shops, boutiques, cafés and restaurants to discover and enjoy. There is a fantastic mixture of traditional and modern stores, so it is worth taking some time to explore the charms Downtown Venice has to offer.
You can choose to take a break from shopping and enjoy a picnic in nearby Centennial Park. One of the defining features of this beautiful park is the Gazebo where on a Friday night live music is performed. Locals and tourists gather in the park to listen to the music and it is certainly a worthwhile spectacle and good way to relax after a day’s shopping.
Location: 101 West Venice Avenue # 23, Venice, FL 34285