Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world for many reasons. Maybe because of its maze of medieval streets that are so perfectly preserved and it feels like you’re about see a young man singing a serenade to his beloved girl as you turn yet another corner. Or maybe it’s because you can actually hear a gondolier serenading a pair of tourists as he rows down a canal in his extravagantly embellished gondola.
The city is full of little adventures and each narrow street, each canal, each square has a story of its own. It never gets boring and it keeps calling you back. I’m convinced – you cannot visit Venice just once. We came here with the expectation to see yet another glorified overcrowded medieval European town, but we have fallen in love and we have promised to come back.
Venice is a maze of narrow streets and many of them are busy from dusk till dawn. There are many cafes, restaurants and shops that welcome thousands of tourists that walk the streets every day. Their authentic signboards charmingly adorn the tall walls of the buildings.
Canals are the blood vessels of the city. Since there are no roads for cars or bikes, boats are the only means of transportation in Venice. And they make walking on foot quite interesting as you have to find your way through bridges of various size.
Italians take coffee seriously and you can easily find a cafe to have a nice cup of delicious coffee. Not only that, cafe experience in Venice, like in most Italian cities is unique – many of them aim to stand out from the crowd with their decor and offerings of sweets, pastries and snacks.
As you take a walk through the streets of Venice you’ll soon notice how colorful it is. Both, literally and figuratively.
The detail of every house in the city is charming and interesting if you pay attention to it. You can easily spot the differences between the houses of different epochs and social classes.
Of course, the most enticing feature of Venice that draws everyone to it are the canals. They are out of the ordinary and they make a delight walking along and across them.
Seeing beautiful embellished gondolas sailing the narrow canals is always a pretty sight to see. Albeit taking one for a trip can cost you 80 Eur and more, it’s worth doing it at least once.
Sailing in one of these black gondolas is a very romantic experience, indeed. It’s a great way to see the city as well, once your feet get tired of all the walking.
You can rent a gondola on many corners of Venice and they sail the narrow canals as well as the grand canal. Though if you want to get around the city faster and cheaper, there are always the taxi boats available.
The Grand Canal is of course the postcard of Venice. You have the best sights there and there’s a lot of action, starting with a myriad of cafes and ending with museums and churches. We’ve seen pictures of this exact spot so many times before visiting Venice that it felt like coming back home.
Boats and gondolas parked by houses along canals are like cars parked on the street. It’s a yet another reminder that they are the main means of transportation in this city.
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is one of the main tourist attractions and it makes the perfect background in the pictures above. It’s a marvelous piece of architecture that’s definitely worth paying a visit.
There’s seemingly a church behind every corner of a street in Venice. And every one of them is impressively beautiful. Several different architecture styles are intertwined in the city as proof of its lifetime spanning ages.
A carnival mask is another symbol of Venice. It is of course because of the world famous Venice Carnival that takes place every year. Elaborate masks are in the spotlight during the festival and you can buy them as a souvenir in may shops in the city.
From simple masks to most elaborate ones – there’s definitely a wide choice. Even if you aren’t going to participate in the next carnival, you can buy one as a piece of memorabilia from your trip.
Speaking about souvenir shops in Venice there are hundreds of them and you’ll definitely find a little piece of memory to bring back home with you.
One of the icons of Venice is the San Marco Basilica and its square. It’s a great architectural marvel and you don’t even have to care much about architecture or history to be able to enjoy it.
Piazza San Marco is the main square of the city and all roads (or should I say canals) lead to it. It’s always packed with tourists but it’s so big that you will easily find a place to sit down for a drink while listening to a live band playing some classical music.
The Church of San Simeone Piccolo is the first thing you see across the canal when you first arrive from the train station of Venice. Although it’s a smallish church, it leaves a welcoming impression and invites you to delve deeper into the city.
The tower of Piazza San Marco hovers above Venice as the tallest building in the city. There are no skyscrapers here and we’re glad it’s that way.
The Streets in Venice are narrow and colorful. If you like photography of old medieval streets then you’re in for a treat. You can take a thousand pictures here and most of them will be pretty.
Most of the windows of houses in Venice are adorned with colorful shutters and lots of flowers. It’s just one of many details that makes this city so attractive.
The sun barely touches the rooftops of tall buildings and the narrow streets are almost always in the shade, but there’s a lot to see in Venice. Each building is interesting on its own, let alone seeing these lovely porcelain sculptures in balconies of a random house.
Some charming details of the city are worth even more than the main tourist attractions. Seeing laundry hung outside to dry is a reminder that Venice has its mundane side as well.
Venice is inspirational and it’s home to many an artist. There are plenty of workshops selling their handicrafts and you will find artists going about their daily work right on the street, paying no attention to curious tourists.
When planning your day’s trip to Venice, do consider taking a boat trip away from the canals into the Venetian lagoon. You can visit the neighboring islands and admire the city from afar where it opens itself from a different perspective.
Venice isn’t alone in the Venetian lagoon as it is accompanied with series of islands, many of them are inhabited with towns that are just as interesting. You can take a boat trip to some of these islands. Pictured above is Murano.
Murano is one of the most visited islands by tourists from Venice and it makes a great day’s trip. Similar to Venice it is also riddled with canals (although to ma much lesser extent) and it’s also famous by its glassmakers.
Interestingly enough, there are hundreds of glass workshops here and it seems that everyone is in the business in Murano. The crafts range from simple trinkets and souvenirs to impressive glass sculptures.