There are two kinds of people in the world: extroverts and introverts.
My daughter and I are classic introverts. The idea of being in large crowds for extended periods of time is anything but fun.
When the train shuttles you in to the Venice train station, you move through the station and out to the grand entrance of Venice. And as we both came through the archways to all of Venice's glory, we were both ready to turn around and run the other way.
People. And more people.
Luckily we had researched Venice well. We were looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. An experience that would allow us to dive into the non-touristy section and allow us to live as a local ... even if for just a few days.
After a little research, we found Locanda Sant' Anna Hotel. They describe themselves as a comfortable 1 star hotel for budget travelers that stands out for its charming simplicity.
The streets were filled with mothers hurrying their kids from place to place. Laundry hanging far above our heads to dry. People going about their daily tasks while chatting and laughing with neighbors and friends. And then a a little gate that let us in to our room for the next four nights.
Nothing fancy—just a perfect room for a family who definitely spent more time away from the room than in it.