Venice is one of those places whose landscape is so iconic it is instantly recognizable. Exiting the train station in Venice I felt a deja vu feeling 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. A common sight is tourists examining their maps!
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.
In Venice we experienced 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 and 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.
We can’t get enough of Venice!