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Buongiorno Venezia!

November 4, 2017

Venice is the most unique city I’ve ever had the chance to visit.  Beautiful architecture, romantic scenery, mysterious passageways,  and of course the canals – it really is like no other place on earth.  Although the tourists outnumber the locals, the historic surroundings can still feel surreal at times.  The Grand Canal runs through the city which is made up of maze-like alleys, small squares and winding canal passages.

 

There are no cars or roadways, just canals and boats.  Conveniently, the city is small enough to explore by foot, but if needed there are water buses (known as vaporettos) and water taxis (public or private) to get around.  And of course, there are the gondolas.  One simply cannot go to Venice without experiencing the magic of a gondola ride.  They are a bit expensive during high season (80€ for 30 minutes/120€ for 1 hour) but completely and utterly worth it.

 
 

The Italian culture is one of my favourites.  For one, the Italians know how cook the best food in the world.  Caprese salads, fresh spaghetti, mouth watering pizzas, I could stuff my face in Italy all day long.  And the wine – we can’t forget about the wine!  The Venetian locals were also some of the nicest, most welcoming people I’d ever met.  I felt right at home whether I was sitting outside enjoying a bellini or strolling the streets no matter the time of day.

 
 

Things to Do

  1. Wander the streets
  2. Awe at the mosaics in the Basilica di San Marco
  3. Eat a gelato in the famous Piazza San Marco
  4. Visit the magnificent Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace)
  5. People-watch on the waterfront near Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge)

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