One of the cities I knew I had to see when my husband and I were planning our May trip to Italy was amazing Venice. Like many people who visit Venice, I was looking forward to seeing first-hand the things I'd always associated with the city: the Grand Canal, gondolas, St. Mark's Square. But as soon as we arrived, my husband and I decided to ditch our map and carefully planned-out agenda to wander the city's winding streets at will.
As we wound through the narrow streets, we were excited by the unexpected charms we knew we'd find around the next corner. My very favorite of those unexpected charms was this random arrangement of Snow White's dwarfs that we found tucked away at the end of a small alley. I so badly wanted to know the story behind this amusing little vignette, why the owner decided to put these poor little guys behind bars.
We spent an entire day exploring magical Venice from end to end with no agenda or expectations, which I think is the ideal way to experience this remarkable city. I never could have imagined how enchanted I would be by even the most mundane objects and everyday details I found in Venice. To me, their beauty rivaled any of the city's most well-known landmarks.