Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and easily the most romantic city in Italy! I know Paris is well-known for being ‘the romantic city’ but don’t be fooled, Venice easily rivals Paris for this title. Plus it has amazing ice creams so for me – it absolutely wins!!! 🙂
Venice is so much more than this of course though after even just a few hours in Venice, this is one of the things that struck me the most. It’s idyllic, strangely busy yet calming, full of energy and a constant contrast between loud busy streets and quiet desolate walk ways. There’s just something about Venice that captures you and it’s so easy to see why people come back for more over and over again…
Here’s how I spent the first day and a bit in Venice including my list of things you definitely have to do when you visit!
1.) Take random photos when you get in. Doesn’t even matter what you’re taking photos of -take in the sights as soon as you arrive and take some photos to help seal this memory
2.) Look for gelatos! Ignore everthing else and find the nearest gelato shop! Forgotten to take a photo (like I did), that’s okay, you’ve now got an excuse to get more ice creams later on for the mandatory ice cream photos! 🙂 Hehehe!
3.) Check out the Venetian masks… Get yourself one while you’re at it. The really high quality ones are reflective of the price but do shop around. As with most places, these masks are cheaper in some places than in others.
4.) Take a series of (preferably, self-indulgent) selfies…
5.) Get lost in Venice – preferably with a map! It’s a nice little way to see otherwise unseen parts of the city!
6.) Get the umpteenth gelato for the mandatory photo… 🙂
7.) Take a gondola ride across the city. Make sure you find out what the going rate is before you go! They will always try to charge you more than necessary so be prepared to bargain! And try not to fall asleep in the sun… (I did towards the end of it – after seeing the main sights of course).
8.) Head over to San Marco Square to see the main sights (will do another post on these – this post is quite big enough without creating a sub list of the the landmarks and sights to see)
9.) Stop for a little liquid lunch (a chance to rest your feet and finish off that nap you started in the Gondola).
10.) Check out the Rialto Bridge (don’t forget your selfie here too – very important!!!)
11.) Get a glimpse of local life in Venice and peep in on an artist making the Venetian masks
12.) Wander off to that bit across the water opposite San Marco Square… C’mon, you know you wondered how to get over to the cathedral there too!
I promise to put up another post with a definite list of all the sights to see in Venice (and preferably in the order with which to see them too – especially with a list of the main sights to see near San Marco Square which packs in a significant chunk of the main sights). Before that though, what is your favourite in Venice? If you’ve been, attach a photo on here (Disqus comments below) or on Facebook or even Twitter and if you haven’t been – which place do you wanna see the most when you do eventually go to Venice?