‘Venezia la città che galleggia’…Ah Venice…I don’t even know where to start. It’s like a dream you never want to wake up from. Every corner, every detail is just so amazing. It is definitely my favorite city. Colorful, full of life, Venice looks like painted by hand. You will find yourself lost in the maze of canals and small streets, streets which echo an incredible history, the history of how Venice was transformed from a simple lagoon into one of the richest trading powers in the world.
We decided to spend a long weekend in Italy, starting with Lago di Garda, Venice and Verona. I consider it one of my bests weekend escapes.
I would say the top activity is simply strolling the narrow passage ways and getting lost in the beauty of the city. Venice has and always will be an extremely popular stop for tourists all around the globe. You will notice immediately the overcrowded areas especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. One of the most crowded areas is ‘Piazza San Marco’, the most famous piazza in Venice. I was really amazed with the breathtaking scene and architecture.
For 8 EUR, you can climb up to ‘Campanile di San Marco’ and have a view of the whole city.
It is an impressive 99-meter-high tower in the center of St. Mark’s square that was first built in the 12th century and rebuilt in its current form in the 16th century. At the time, it was used as a lighthouse for ships as well as a watchtower during war times. Today the Campanile can be climbed up to its very top, where visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view over the whole city of Venice.
From the narrow balcony on top, at the Istrian-stone bell-tower at the top, i was able to admire the view, piazza San Marco, the city of Venice, the Grand Canal and the busy Bacino San Marco basin. I was able to take only pictures with my cellphone, so apologies for the bad quality 🙂
If you’re planning to visit Venice, please PLEASE take comfortable shoes. You will walk a LOT, there are many bridges with stairs, and you don’t want to risk a fall or sore feet. There are 2 types of transport: by foot or by boat. You can travel on the canals in a water taxi or or use a water buss, the vaporetti. The public transport system is still not very cheap but easy to use. A one-way ticket will cost you 7€, but if you travel multiple times it is better to take a 12-hour ticket at €18, a24-hour ticket for €20 or a 7 day ticket for €50.
As i mentioned before, no matter how great your orientation talent is, it simply stops working in Venice, you will get lost, just as we did. It was during a late night on our way home, our phones were dead and we had to improvise to find our way back. While it was beautiful,romantic and intriguing, was at the same time scary to walk in the quiet and empty labyrinths as it looked like we were on a horror movie scene, lol. I have to mention that Venice by night is the most beautiful thing i have ever seen(again, if you’re not lost in the labyrinths :P).
One of the most memorable experiences about Venice, is the ride with Gondola. It gives you a totally different feeling of the city and in a good weather blue sky, there is nothing more you can ask for. Even though a bit expensive, i was not disappointed and i can say it was totally worth the money.
The only thing i was disappointed was the food. In fact italian cuisine is my favorite in the world, but Venice didn’t impress me at all. Aside from being very expensive, it was not that tasty as i expected. I find Arber’s pasta way better than the ones we tried 😛 The shrimps were undone and tasteless. We tried different restaurants and mostly it was the same experience. If you go out for dinner, expect to pay between 35-55 EUR for a meal with drinks. Add 3 EUR for the “coperto” (sit down fee) that covers service and the bread at the table.
However, i tried here the best ice cream i have ever tasted in my whole life. Unfortunately i don’t remember the store’s name, but i still dream about that ice-cream :P.
Another breathtaking part of the city is the Canale Grande :). It is about 3,800 meters long and it is considered the city’s most important waterway. Since the Middle Ages, the Canale Grande has been the center of the city’s trade and therefore evolved into one of the most upscale parts of town. Magnificent buildings show along both sides of the canal. There are also four bridges that cross the Canale Grande on its way to St. Mark’s Square, which form the best viewing platforms of the river.
I almost fell in the water while taking this pic. Ah, me and my clumsiness :P.
The city is so photogenic, especially for insta pics. You can take pictures in every corner and it still won’t be enough. Especially if you’re a couple, you will feel the romantic vibe everywhere 🙂
Ps: Try reading this post/scrolling through the pic while listening to ‘That’s amore – Dean Martin’
When a moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you’ll sing “Vita bella”
Until next time..Ciao Venezia <3