While I lived in Italy, I hit up all the hotspots: Rome, Florence, Milan, Turin, the Cinque Terre. When friends asked about my Italian escapades, I spoke with confidence and knowledge of the country. Surely, I’d seen all Italy has to offer, right? However, panic hit when they asked about Venice.
“How have you been everywhere in Italy except Venice?!”
I asked myself the same thing. How on earth had I been to all these little towns such as Faenza, Brisighella, etc., but not Venice?
Cut to March 2017, and I’m going back to Italy! I visited Florence to visit some old friends and my host family. However, I booked an extra day, because I was finally going to Venice, through a day-trip. With no exaggeration (sarcasm), I simply couldn’t live with this…situation hanging over my head anymore. Turns out, this was just the length of time I needed. It’s too beautiful for me to articulate, so I want to show some good, classic, Venice photos.
Just so you know: Venice is sinking, and the overflowing influx of tourists raises local prices, driving out the few local Venetians left. If you only have the summer, try and go somewhere else, Venice will still be here…for a bit! A wonderful alternative is Amsterdam. Also, the swarm of tourists will just get in the way, it’s like swatting away flies. Just kidding, kind of. However, Venice is definitely a must-see in your lifetime, but please, try and go in March or September/October. Not only for the Venetians’ sake, but for your own sake.
After my day here, I was so glad (and relieved) to be able to say that I’ve finally been to Venice. It was absolutely magical, I felt like I walked into a vintage painting. I’m pretty sure my heart stopped several times at its beauty (and outrageous gondola fees). Despite this, I’m about to voice a Controversial Opinion: it got old quickly. By sundown, I was definitely ready to head back to Florence.
I went in March and while the side streets were delightfully empty, the main part of Venice was flooded with hordes of tourists; I can’t even imagine it in the summer! And the quietest canals are where the sweetest moments of absorbing the scenery, like above, happen. I can’t recommend a better time of the year.
I’d love to return to Venice as there’s still some I haven’t seen. I look to return soon, but not for more than 2 days. And maybe I’ll finally have enough money to do the dream gondola ride.