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Gondola Adventure Venice  Italy
Get Lost in Venice Venice  Italy
It's summer, isn't it? Venice  Italy
Rendezvous Venice  Italy
Gondola Serenade Venice  Italy
Magical Masks Venice  Italy
Lost in Venice Venice  Italy
Little Yellow Square Venice  Italy
Calm Canals Venice  Italy
Little Ray of Sunshine Venice  Italy
Good Morning, Venice Venice  Italy
If Doors and Windows Could Talk... Venice  Italy
You Will Get Lost In Venice.  Venice  Italy
Buildings of the Grand Canal Venice  Italy
The real life in Venice Venice  Italy
Viewing Venice Venice  Italy
Venetian Sunset Venice  Italy
"Pizza Americana"?!   Venice  Italy
Light as Air Venice  Italy
Stepping Back in Time Venice  Italy
Vacation in Venice with Kids Venice  Italy
Sleepy Canal Venice  Italy
Venice Italy  Venice  Italy
Italian Beer? Oh Yes. Venice  Italy
The Dying Art. Venice  Italy
Approaching Venice Venice  Italy
Venetian Sunset Venice  Italy
Getting Lost in Venice Venice  Italy
When to visit Venice Venice  Italy
Love On A Bridge Venice  Italy
Maltese Falcon in Venice Venice  Italy
Botero's smoking women Venice  Italy
A Gondola at Every Turn Venice  Italy
Aqua Alta in San Marcos Venice  Italy
Relax.... Venice  Italy
Taking a little bit of sun... Venice  Italy
Hazy Morning, Coming into Venice Venice  Italy
Carnival in Venice Venice  Italy
Venice: City of a Thousand Churches Venice  Italy
The Seduction of Venice Venice  Italy
Venice: An Artist’s Dream Venice  Italy
People Watch Venice  Italy
Let go in Venice Venice  Italy
A Peaceful Venetian Canal Venice  Italy
Gondola Ride in Venice Venice  Italy
A silent corner in Venice.  Venice  Italy
My favorite city on earth in 1500 characters Venice  Italy
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The Watery Neighborhoods of Venice Venice  Italy
Gondola Adventure Venice  Italy
Get Lost in Venice Venice  Italy
It's summer, isn't it? Venice  Italy
Rendezvous Venice  Italy
Gondola Serenade Venice  Italy
Magical Masks Venice  Italy
Lost in Venice Venice  Italy
Little Yellow Square Venice  Italy
Calm Canals Venice  Italy
Little Ray of Sunshine Venice  Italy
Good Morning, Venice Venice  Italy
If Doors and Windows Could Talk... Venice  Italy
You Will Get Lost In Venice.  Venice  Italy
Buildings of the Grand Canal Venice  Italy
The real life in Venice Venice  Italy
Viewing Venice Venice  Italy
Venetian Sunset Venice  Italy
"Pizza Americana"?!   Venice  Italy
Light as Air Venice  Italy
Stepping Back in Time Venice  Italy
Vacation in Venice with Kids Venice  Italy
Sleepy Canal Venice  Italy
Venice Italy  Venice  Italy
Italian Beer? Oh Yes. Venice  Italy
The Dying Art. Venice  Italy
Approaching Venice Venice  Italy
Venetian Sunset Venice  Italy
Getting Lost in Venice Venice  Italy
When to visit Venice Venice  Italy
Love On A Bridge Venice  Italy
Maltese Falcon in Venice Venice  Italy
Botero's smoking women Venice  Italy
A Gondola at Every Turn Venice  Italy
Aqua Alta in San Marcos Venice  Italy
Relax.... Venice  Italy
Taking a little bit of sun... Venice  Italy
Hazy Morning, Coming into Venice Venice  Italy
Carnival in Venice Venice  Italy
Venice: City of a Thousand Churches Venice  Italy
The Seduction of Venice Venice  Italy
Venice: An Artist’s Dream Venice  Italy
People Watch Venice  Italy
Let go in Venice Venice  Italy
A Peaceful Venetian Canal Venice  Italy
Gondola Ride in Venice Venice  Italy
A silent corner in Venice.  Venice  Italy
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Gondola Adventure

I had been skeptical of the Venetian gondola ride, thinking it too touristy and overpriced. Last summer, however, I discovered what is so special about this Venetian tradition.

A gondola ride provides a unique view of Venice from the quiet interior canals, from an on-the-water point of view that you will never get as a pedestrian. Gliding on the water is also a lovely rest from the crowds on the street.

Most fascinating, however, was our gondolier, who provided us with a history of his profession, a job which often is passed down from generation to generation, in much the same way at the Thames Watermen in London. A few fun facts we learned: a new gondola, costing tens of thousands of Euros, is typically provided to a young gondolier as a gift from his father, upon his father's retirement; each gondolier must pass a rigorous navigation, handling, and swim rescue test; the busiest time of year is, perhaps unsurprisingly, Carnevale.

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over 4 years ago

Get Lost in Venice

When visiting Venice, allow yourself the leisure time to simply walk through the city with no itinerary.

There is no greater pleasure than getting lost in Venice. Get off the main streets, wander down the narrow alleyways, walk in circles.

Grab an espresso or gelato, then wander some more. Done!
over 4 years ago

It's summer, isn't it?

If I were a venetian pigeon, where could finde some fresh shade? Unfortunately, there wasn't a giant chair for me.
over 4 years ago

Rendezvous

After wandering the day through Venice I found this restaurant that was right on the great canal. It was long past time to eat when I stumbled upon this restaurant and had to stop. All that was between me and the Grand Canal was a little fence lined with flowers, and to top it off the food was amazing too!
over 4 years ago

Buildings of the Grand Canal

One of the best things about Venice is the marvelous architecture. While I think having waterways as streets and boats as cars is way cool, I really was awed by the buildings and the attention to detail. The arched windows, the attention to detail on a column, the gorgeous wooden shutters, the flowers flowing over the balconies. It is truly a beautiful place. I was there in mid-June which was too busy for me. I prefer fewer crowds. That being said, I would go back and spend a bit more time there to really see more of the buildings, just at a quieter time. I recommend just tucking the map in your bag, grabbing your camera and wandering around wherever you might be staying. You will stumble upon some beautiful churches, shops and a piazza or 2. Enjoy!
over 4 years ago

You Will Get Lost In Venice.

You will get lost in Venice just accept it. But thats one of the great charms about Venice. You can get lost in this and be happy with no concerns. Who knows whats around the next corner, a flower shop, a fruit stand or the shop that has that Madquerade Mask youve been searching for. Venice is one of the few places in this world where you dont have to ask for directions, that is until you want to go back to your hotel room then its ok to break out a map. But even with a map, you will get lost.
over 4 years ago

If Doors and Windows Could Talk...

While in Venice, I became enamored with the windows and the doors. The arched doors and windows with the detail sculpted around them. The gorgeous shutters made of warm colors of wood that closed each day as the world outside them warmed up. The balconies were small, but often had plants and flowers on them. I could imagine life back in the 1400's...women in beautiful, full dresses pushing open the shutters to look for their lovers on the street below. My imagination went wild. If you go to Venice (and I recommend you do, just not in summer), pay attention to the detail of the buildings. There are lots of stories here!
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over 4 years ago

Good Morning, Venice

To be able to have a "Venice canal" photo of my own was so exciting. Not surprisingly, I have more than one now, but this was the first, taken as we got off the ferry and headed to the piazza. Venice was one of the most beautiful places I visited and practically begs to have its postcard-perfect photo taken around every corner, in every nook and cranny.
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over 4 years ago

Little Ray of Sunshine

Despite being a sunny day, the narrow Venetian alleys were very cool and dark because so little light could get in. The surge of warmth and light we felt whenever we stumbled out of an alleyway and into a square after wandering around in the (relative) dark really characterised the streets of Venice for me.

Again, it is hard to give an exact location as when I was taking this photo I was blissfully lost.
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over 4 years ago

Calm Canals

This was taken in an eerily deserted part of town, not more than a few minutes from the bustling piazza. The tranquil water looks especially blue and unreal.
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over 4 years ago

Little Yellow Square

This photo was taken immediately before we wandered down the narrowest alley I have ever seen, when we were lost in a deserted part of Venice. How the four of us lost not only our tour group but seemingly also every other person in Venice, I'll never know. There was something special about wandering around feeling as if we were the only people there though, as if walking through a ghost town. Creepy and eerie but magical. And oh so yellow!
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over 4 years ago

Lost in Venice

I love this stretch of canal because of the brightly coloured and seemingly haphazardly constructed buildings. It was like seeing a cartoon come to life. As I was lost almost all day in Venice (the best way to be), I'm unsure of exactly where this was taken, but the best moments in Venice are the ones that you blindly stumble into, so it's better that you don't have any exact directions anyway! And even if you did have directions...you would still end up lost.
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over 4 years ago

Magical Masks

If you're going to Venice, you'll need to leave room in your suitcase (and a few extra Euros in your wallet) for a mask (or twelve). You can buy them from street vendors, but the most beautiful ones are in shops dotted around Venice. I have never seen so much beauty in one place. These small, decorative, porcelain masks were hanging on the door of a mask shop we went into looking for directions. Inside, the walls were covered in the most amazing masks I have ever seen, and in the corner at an old working table sat an elderly woman hand crafting a mask.I didn't take photos inside out of respect, but I just want to go back.

Rule of Venice: One must return home with a mask.
AFAR Local Expert
over 4 years ago

Gondola Serenade

One of my favourite experiences in Venice was the half-hour tour of the canals in a gondola. In the more crowded sections, the gondola operators started calling out to each other and singing together. Hilarious!
AFAR Traveler
over 4 years ago

Venetian Sunset

Strolling along a canal near the Campo San Bortolomeo, we spotted this beautiful view of St. Marks Campanile.
over 4 years ago

Viewing Venice

For it's true marvels and unique atmosphere, Veneiza has to be the most beautiful city on earth. The problem is everyone on earth wants a piece of that unique atmosphere. On this trip to the sinking city I was able do some sitting and watching it's day to day functions. The mail being delivered by boat. The garbage being removed by boat. The daily work commute by boat. The hoards of tourists arriving, by boat.

You can't say that only in recent times has Venice become such a tourist trap. It was founded by people who were fleeing the Goths and hoped that it's harsh marshy lands would make a good hiding place. They were right. They invented an entire new way of building just to survive. Over time it became the most cosmopolitan city, trading sea port, and major Grand Tour stop which ment that everyone who was anyone went to Venice. So really it's just a thousand years of tradition that attracts the world by the millions. But, that thousand years of experience at tourism doesn't seem to make Venice any less insane. There was graffiti all over the Rialto Bridge. There was a huge advertisement covering the Bridge of Sighs. The Gondola parking lot is in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. Still everyone should see Venice at least once in their lifetime. It's a marvel of genius engineering combined with some of greatest art the world has known. It's tough being popular.
over 4 years ago

The real life in Venice

Venice is per se a touristic place, but when you start to walk away from the Piazza San Marco it's easy to find quiet places like this, but, at the same time, full of life.
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over 4 years ago

Light as Air

Wandering through Venice, it seemed like every other store was a bakery with the most delicious-looking cakes, cookies, and pastries filling its windows. These pastries were particularly good—I don't remember what they were called, but they were essentially large chocolate cupcakes piled high with a light-as-air cream frosting and a dusting of chocolate. Absolutely fabulous!

There's nothing better than strolling along Venice's amazing canals or sitting on a bench taking in the dazzling Grand Canal while nibbling on a delicious Venetian treat.
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over 4 years ago

"Pizza Americana"?!

Visiting Italy with my husband last year, we naturally ate a lot of pizza. But the one thing that confounded us was what Italians called "American" pizza.

Most every town we visited - small to large, Tuscany to Florence and everywhere in between - inexplicably described "americana" pizza as being topped with bacon and eggs!

While we never tried the bacon and egg pizza, it always made us smile when we saw it described on the menu.
over 4 years ago

Stepping Back in Time

As dusk settled across the waters, we watched as couples gathered near the docks. They were dressed in fancy clothes—party clothes from another era. They carefully stepped into the gondolas, ready to be whisked away to a magical night on the town. But it wasn't the clothes that caught our eye. It was the masks. These weren't just "dime store" specials. These were something to be proud of and display long after the party was over. We watched them float away. Then chose an alley at random and got lost in the shops. As we rounded a corner, there were the very masks we had seen just moments before. Gold ones. Silver. Red. Blue. Feathers. Beads. Glitter. Choosing was half the fun. And now just a quick glance can send you back to Venice, imagining you are on that gondola and off to your own magical night on the town.
over 4 years ago

Vacation in Venice with Kids

VENICE, Italy -- We arrived in Venice, literally a city that floats on water on the last two days of The Carnival of Venice, an annual festival, that ends with Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Martedì Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday. Our first protocol of the day was certainly to enjoy a gondola ride and say hello to a gondolier as we walked down and around tiny waterways and canals. However we had no idea nor did anyone quite prepare us on the amount of young children who participate along with their parents in the Carnival of Venice. We saw hundreds of kids dressed in the most beautiful costumes, mini-portions of what any self-respecting adult would wear. FYI Every year the city of Venice hosts at least twenty Carnival of Venice themed family events. See website below for more details.

Best Bet for a Museum visit in Venice: The Peggy Guggenheim Museum: The 3rd edition of the International Kids’ Carnival. Or better yet Free workshops for children ages 4 to 10 take place every Sunday at 3:00pm at the museum. See museum website below for more details.
over 4 years ago

Venice Italy

Taken somewhere in Venice. Its easy to get lost in your thoughts when walking around Venice. This picture was taken around sundown, but I'm not sure where.
over 4 years ago

Sleepy Canal

This sleepy canal was a hidden gem in Venice. This is what I love about the city – yes, there are many tourists, but as soon as you turn off one of the main roads or get away from the Grand Canal, you turn a corner and encounter the perfect silence of a pristine canal.
over 4 years ago

The Dying Art.

Sending mail when travelling might just be the best thing ever. Sending mail in general is a wonderful art, but sending it when on a trip adds a whole other layer of excitement and flavour that doesn't always exist otherwise.

And then there are the stamps.

At every location that I went to in Europe over my trip in July, I sent letters adorned with stamps from that country. Something about conversing with the locals about stamps and postage rates is superbly enthralling. Maybe it is because they hold in their hands the answer to whether or not your international correspondence will ever make it to its destination...which is sort of a *big deal*.

But, seriously. Post offices are key.

These postage stamps, bought from a post office hidden between two side-streets in Venice--used whilst sitting at a table next to one of the gorgeous inlets (while a gondola rower parked and grabbed a "water with gas"), and sent from a bright red "Poste" box right down the street--brought me a lot of joy.

I encourage letter-sending in all forms, but especially when travelling. It's something we can often forget to do when busy in foreign countries. But it is well worth it.

Especially when you get to enjoy an afternoon next to the Venice waterways to do so.
over 4 years ago

Italian Beer? Oh Yes.

I knew about Italian pizza, wine, cheese or gelato. But beer? I was surprised to have some great artisanal beer while in Venice.
over 4 years ago

Venetian Sunset

Venice is a magical place no matter the time of day. With a great sunset it's even better.
over 4 years ago

Approaching Venice

This shot was taken as our cruise ship approached the magical city of Venice. The commotion of the ship came to a halt as I imagine most passengers were speechless while taking in these incredible views in anticipation of exploring "The Floating City."
over 4 years ago

Getting Lost in Venice

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.
over 4 years ago

When to visit Venice

Venice is one of my favorite places that I don't think I ever want to revisit. To go again might destroy the perfect memory of my magical visit. I went in the winter just after it had flooded and the city was almost void of tourist. We had Piazza San Marco almost all to ourselves. I recommend getting lost and wandering through the small alleys and canals. It was foggy when we were there and in the evening the city seemed like a stage for "The Phantom of the Opera".

A must visit while in Venice is Italy's oldest cafe, Caffe Florian located in Piazza San Marco, which opened in 1720. It's the type of place that is worth paying a little extra for the exquisite ambiance and impeccable service. I have a wonderful memory of being there in the winter enjoying a delicious hot chocolate spiked with a liquor. On that cold foggy day the Caffe Florian was the perfect refuge for a hot drink. Read more...http://www.mediterraneogifts.com/blogs/news/7400764-venetian-hot-chocolate
over 4 years ago

Love On A Bridge

Far away from the typical areas visited in Venice by tourists, very late one night, semi-lost in the darkened labyrinth of walkways, small canals and dead end alleys, my then 15 year old son and I were heading back to our hotel when we spotted the couple on a small bridge. My son was embarrassed that I took the photo, but they didn't notice. There is so much more to Venice than the pigeons at St Mark's.
over 4 years ago

Botero's smoking women

We arrived in Venice one early morning on a train from Rome. The sun was just starting to rise. Wandering around Venice and getting lost was as enjoyable as it was to imagine Shakespeare's A Merchant in Venice being set in this charming, touristy city on water.

Our hotel was near St Mark's Square and after visiting St Mark's we wandered around the area, exploring the little alleys. We turned a corner and saw this magnificent woman smoking! There are a few more of these sculptures strewn around but this one caught my attention the most, the way the artist has depicted her, idly lounging with a cigarette, one leg kicked up in the air, she portrays an air of irreverence that is almost comical at the same time. You never know what's around the corner when you ditch the map and aimlessly wander.

The artist is Botero, a latin figurative artist who is known to exaggerate his characters with dollops of humor, criticism or even irony thrown in. His works can be found in major museums throughout the world.
over 4 years ago

Maltese Falcon in Venice

Just caught a photo of the Maltese Falcon as it was leaving Venice. It's the largest sailing yacht in the world. Formerly owned by Tom Perkins now available for charter at only 400,000 euros per week.
over 4 years ago

A Gondola at Every Turn

Like many tourists to Venice, I returned from vacation with a memory card full of photos of sun dappled canals, pigeons in St. Mark's Square, and, of course, black and white striped gondoliers. Though I didn't take a ride myself (outrageously expensive for a solo traveller like myself) I feel I more than made up for that experience by living vicariously through my photos and taking the vaporetto (hey, it's a boat!) as much as possible. I snapped shots of gondoliers barking for customers, punting their way under the Bridge of Sighs, even taking micro naps in their own gondolas.

But what's so compelling about a gondolier? Other than the fact that they are generally handsome, fit, and wear graphically interesting apparel? I think it might have something to do with the wholly touristic nature of Venice. My first few days on the island I felt like I never encountered a "real Italian," apart from the gondoliers and my B&B owner. It was only during the latter days of my visit, when I ventured to the outer parts of the island, that I started to encounter actual residents of Venice. Like elderly ladies hanging their laundry in the outskirts of Cannaregio. And children zooming about on scooters after church Sunday morning in Santa Margarita Square. These are the experiences that I will remember most, but they certainly don't define Venice. I'm just glad I spent the effort and time to see all parts of the island. But I still love those gondolier shots.
over 4 years ago

Hazy Morning, Coming into Venice

The weather wasn't great for photographing, but when you're in Venice, you can't let that matter! Venice is such a spectacularly unique place, and seeing it from onboard a cruise ship, coming slowly into port, is an experience we won't soon forget!
over 4 years ago

Taking a little bit of sun...

After a rainy day, I went out early in the morning founding this cat taking the sun. I was surprised with the presence of cats in every single corner in Venice.
over 4 years ago

Relax....

Away from the crowds in Piazza San Marcos it's possible to find amazing places likes this little square in the Ghetto. It's perfect for taking a peaceful rest or a nap or having lunch....
over 4 years ago

Aqua Alta in San Marcos

Venice is to rainy in November. You might have a good pair of boots and great spirit to visit some places under the water.
over 4 years ago

Carnival in Venice

One of the world's biggest costume parties happens during Carnival in Venice. The action centers around Piazza San Marco, where special parades and events take place. During most of Carnival, though, you can catch glimpses of elaborately dressed revelers on their way to and from parties. If you arrive without your own costume, you can easily rent one from many shops in Venice.
over 4 years ago

The Seduction of Venice

Gazing across from St. Mark's square to the Isola di Saint Georgio, through a line of bobbing gondolas bedded down in their royal blue coverlets, the distant island seems to float on the very air like some ancient Xanadu from the demented mind of a drug addled poet, and you can hear the damp winter air of Venice come alive with ancient whispers and sweet rasping violins. In Venice, one gives in easily to seduction, without the faintest whiff of struggle...
over 4 years ago

Venice: City of a Thousand Churches

If you don't like churches, don't go to Venice. There must be a thousand, from tiny little niche tabernacles to huge crumbling domed cathedrals. You might walk by one, and someone will be singing you a choral chant. You might be taken by a waft of frankincense, and step into the darkness over the worn entrance stone, a choir practicing in the wavering candlelight, reflecting off the shadowy forms of stone carved saints. You might get caught up in a wedding erupting from a church, a shower of confetti raining down. Or you might simply step into one for the quiet, and let the peace fall around your shoulders, the darkness: out of the noonday sun. You certainly don't have to be catholic to enjoy their ancient perfumed gloom. Sinners of all kinds are welcome...
over 4 years ago

Venice: An Artist’s Dream

Think of Venice, think of Casanova, artist of love. He lived here for years until he was forced to flee after being imprisoned for years in the Doge's Palace for committing many 'public outrages against the holy religion.' No wonder he couldn't stay away. When I'm in this incredible city I am immediately transported to Fellini's set, the whole city a stage for great art in all it's forms. The houses themselves float on the canals with no visible means of support, painted a thousand different colours, paint of centuries peeling revealing imbedded love notes written in venal blood. City of velvet and burgundy and lace, of Vivaldi and chandaliers exploding in Murano glass. City of violins where you are woken by the plash plash of canal water against the side of your building. Water city. Stage of dreams...
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over 4 years ago

Let go in Venice

Venice is a place where its impossible to be worried. You can't even try. With endless unexplored alleyways, calming blue-green sea-water canals, and ever so delicious cuisine, you are almost forced to be content; to let go of whatever anxieties you have holding you back. Its a charming place-the perfect place to visit just once. Be a tourist. Buy an umbrella or a faux Versace purse. Enjoy fettuccine alfredo ala parma outside along the port while the back and forth motion of the ocean current serenades to your ears. Its what your'e supposed to do.
over 4 years ago

People Watch

Venice is a beautiful and unique place. Most people tend to focus on just the Grand Canal and St. Mark's Square. However, there are so much more behind the typical tourist sites. When you enter into a city as beautiful as Venice, you are on a cloud nine and so are everyone else around you. Take the time and stroll through the small alley ways that webs through Venice, you never know what you are going to see.

I caught these two young lovers sitting down, enjoying a little downtime. They are in love and are completely oblivious to everything around them.
over 4 years ago

Gondola Ride in Venice

Against recommendations advising it's a waste of money and no fun, I took a gondola ride in Venice. Guess what? Those recommendations were wrong and my gondola ride was one of my favorite experiences in Venice! I highly recommend it. Try to get a good gondolier who's fun and friendly. Ours was so interesting and fun!
over 4 years ago

A Peaceful Venetian Canal

The best thing to do in Venice? Wander around and get lost. You will escape the crowds and come across lots of quiet little corners, tiny foot bridges and quiet canals where you can hear the green water peacefully lapping against the banks.
over 4 years ago

A silent corner in Venice.

A corner of Venice all to myself. I wandered the city mapless intent on only one thing: to retreat away into some quiet neighborhood away from all the crowds. I wanted to actually hear the sound of the water lapping against the boats in the canals. I wanted to listen to Venice breathing.

Mission accomplished. I discovered this quiet section of the island far away from Piazza San Marco. Brightly colored banners of laundry signal the border crossing to unspoiled territory. A refreshingly authentic and breathable corner of the island.
almost 4 years ago

My favorite city on earth in 1500 characters

Okay, this is going to be tough. First and foremost, Venice is a sensory feast. The sights! The sounds! The aromas! Ancient facades. The glorious commotion of day-to-day life along the city's 170 or so canals. Briny air, filling your lungs. The undisputed champion of exquisite decay, Venice's time worn Palazzos stand just as they have for hundreds of years, daring us to imagine the marvels, curiosities and tragedies that have occurred within them. Don't you dare spend three hours loitering among the crushing crowds at the Piazza San Marco and then leave, unimpressed! Venice deserves THREE DAYS MINIMUM. Give her your proper attention, and she will capture your heart forever. DO FIVE SIMPLE THINGS: 1. Get lost. Do it at the crack of dawn, and also after sundown when the streets are nearly empty. This is when Venice is most magical. 2. Splurge on a gondola ride at night and ask your gondolier to avoid the Grand Canal. During the day, the canals are crowded with tourists, and a gondola ride can be downright cheesy. But at night, gliding silently along Venice's narrow canals is like a fantastic dream. 3. View the city from three vantage points: The top of the Campanile, the Rialto Bridge and the Accademia Bridge. 4. Hop aboard a #1 Vaporetto early in the a.m. and get a seat at the front of the boat. You'll float along the entire length of the Grand Canal, experiencing breathtaking views. 5. Wander to one of Venice's quieter neighborhoods, sit at a cafe and observe local life.
over 3 years ago

Venice at night

Fighting your way through the sweltering, body-filled streets of Venice in mid August is more to be tolerated than enjoyed. However, after the sun sets and the cruise ships disembark, wander those same streets in solitary bliss until sunup.
over 2 years ago

The Watery Neighborhoods of Venice

The best way to experience Venice is to allow yourself to get lost in the labyrinth of canals and narrow passages that all seem to lead to someplace wonderful.
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