Venice is one of those places whose landscape is so iconic it is instantly recognizable. Exiting the train station in Venice I felt like I had been there before. By day, it’s an easy city to navigate, on foot. By night, one needs a map and a flashlight and maybe a magnifying glass! The hard part is finding one’s location on the map. Tourists examining their maps is a common sight!
Venice! I loved seeing the shopkeepers opening up their shop, washing windows and sweeping sidewalks. St. Marks Basilica was gorgeous and unique from the other Italian churches I’d seen so far. I loved the crumbling buildings, the windows, gates and flowering window boxes, canals, bridges, stripe-shirted gondoliers, gondolas and ocean vistas.
Venice was our destination to experience a vaporetto ride up the Grand Canal, a traghetto crossing, sitting in a piazza, eating seafood risotto alongside a canal, wandering through all the sestierre, enjoying the views, people watching. St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doges Palace Secret Itinerary Tour, and the Frari church were the only things on the “must-see” list. We never made it over to Murano, Burano or the Lido. Some visitors say Venice is too touristy, too expensive, or smelly – not to me. Our 3 nights at Al Campaniel B&B in San Polo was 96 euros a night.