When discussing our Northern Italy plans with fellow travelers over the past six months, I've repeatedly heard that "you'll either love or loath Venice".
Quite frankly, that makes no sense. Who in the world could visit Venice and not fall in love with (or, at the very least appreciate) it's history, architecture, art, charm and the fifty other ways that it is so, so, so special?
Maybe it's the fact that we visited in the dead of winter with very few other tourists in sight, or that we sought out local restaurants and bars far away from the overpriced tourist traps. I don't know. But, what I do know is that Venice is quite simply, spectacular.
Day one and two looked like this...
Get lost in the tiny maze like streets. Wander into Peggy Guggenheim's personal modern art collection to feast the eyes on works by Picasso, Dali and Pollock. Get lost again. Stop for lunch at the world famous outdoor Rialto food market where Venetians have been cooking and selling delights since 1097. Get lost again. And, finally visit Francois Pinault's post modern art installations at Punta Della Dogana. My personal favorite - the creativity, the colors, the imagination of some of today's best artists. I just can't get enough.