Venice, a city that needs little, if no introduction! The capital of Italy’s Veneto region, and built on more than 100 little islands that have beautiful and amazing architecture. So, why oh why would I not visit, once, or maybe twice? The last time I was visiting the floating city was was a few years ago on a little summer weekend in Venice. Word of warning for anyone visiting in the summer, it is crowded! Everyone and their cousin, uncle, auntie are there, so you can just imagine how packed the vaporettos (water buses) and streets are. I don’t think I intentionally chose to visit out of the busy season this time round when I went in the winter but it just turned that way as I was hoping to visit before the end of last year. Thank goodness it wasn’t snowing. I was also a little apprehensive about going in the winter as winters in Venice are synonymous with Aqua Alta. Aqua Alta is the term used in Venice for the annual flooding that occurs in winter months. When this happens, most of San Marco square is covered in water together with many streets and alleys, actually. They put up little platforms for people to walk around. This was a worry up until a few weeks before the trip when the weather seemed to stabilise, although still cold.
I needn’t have worried so much about the weather, it was dry but super cold! Mornings in Venice were covered in the heavy fog which wrapped the city’s famous landmarks in a haze, making them barely visible. Visibility was close to zero if you were standing afar but it made the floating city fill with even more charm and romantic atmosphere, as my fiance threw the google maps and cameras back in the pockets and get lost through alleyways filled with a mysterious fog. Aimless wanderings in Venice saw us visit Doge’s Palace, St Marks Square, Campanile Bell Tower, Ca’Rezzonico, Ca D’Oro, Grand Canal’s famous Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Basilica. You can buy tour tickets in advance that allow you to beat the queues via Viator and Expedia.
Venice is one of those cities that I think doing the so-called ‘Top 20 Things To Do In Venice’ is almost pointless because each and every corner you turn there is something awe-inspiring to see and do. It’s simply best to let the city reveal itself to you. There are no roads in Venice, so all you need are your feet and perhaps a few hoops on the vaporettos. Venice is lined with Renaissance and Gothic Palaces, beautifully detailed architecture that a few days is never going to be enough…there is a solution to that, though. You can either move to Venice or come back! I am more for the latter. I will definitely be back in Venice again….below are some of the snaps from the exploring when we weren’t too busy oohing and ahhing over beautiful sights. The second to last shot is a view of Campanile Bell Tower from our Airbnb apartment.
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