Everyone needs to go to Venice at some point in their life. It is one of those cities that are so unique and special. You can read about it and see pictures or watch videos about it, but you will never be able to truly know about the city until you have been.
It wasn’t exactly what I imagined it would be. Yes there were the Gondola’s, but they cost €80 for 20 minutes, and the sailors aren’t what they seem in the movies – we saw many of them chatting away on their cellphone while rowing guests along the canals. The main canals are even more crazy than I thought with boats whizzing around all over the place, I really was amazed that I didn’t see any accidents.
The best part about Venice was getting lost. Wondering in between the alleys, finding the really small ones and coming across some of the most amazing sites. We found an old well, the typical Italian washing lines, old drinking taps, secret alleyways, old buildings, and the most picturesque canals. The small canals are the best, they are peaceful and quiet and so full of character.
Venice was just a day stop over while waiting to catch the night train to Vienna, so we really only had about 8 hours in the city. Those 8 hours were spent wondering around, buying big pizza slices and gelato and enjoying it on the street and then just sitting on the bank of one of the main canals and watching the action go by. Venice really is one of the best city’s to find a good spot and just people watch.
Here are a few snapshots of what we saw while getting lost in Venice.