Venice feels as if you’re stranded on an island, but this island has pizza, pasta, cheap wine and a labyrinth of bridges all hovering above turquoise waters. Yeah, it’s pretty darn cool.
We arrived in the afternoon and the city map only got us to Rialto Bridge. Lucky for us, a man noticed that we were lost and helped walk us to our hotel (3 minutes) and we gave him 1 euro, as I assume that’s his thing. Our accommodations were great and our room had a palatial feel with high ceilings an elegant drapes. We unloaded and set out to explore this beautiful city.
The city occasionally floods with rising water levels and therefore you’ll find raised platforms all around the lowest points and plaza. Not sure how this will be corrected overtime, but it seems to be concerning for residents. We made our way to Piazza San Marco and into the basilica. The piazza was crowded with souvenir stands and tourists buzzing about taking pictures.
Venice is very walkable and quite small in comparison to Italy’s other tourist cities. Narrow alleyways cut though Venice and which can make it very easy to get lost. Around every corner we were pleasantly surprised with new colors and tiny boutique shops. The main streets are full of branded stores and have just about everything you might need, or never thought you needed.