A combination of incredible canals surrounded by marble palaces and stone sidewalks, the unique city of Venice, Italy is enchanting to say the least.
This mesmerising city is built on the waters of the Adriatic Sea and presents picturesque sights that you would expect to only find in movies. The only way I can begin to describe the experience is that it’s like visiting the most beautiful painting you have ever seen.
I have never been so enthralled by a city’s beauty and elegance. From the moment I arrived, Venice drew me in and I felt the need to explore.
I made my way over the Famous Rialto Bridge, a stunning overpass leading me to the Rialto Market filled with local vendors selling fresh produce, fish and spices. This is a must for any visitor as it gives you the chance to experience life in Venice and the local commercial hub.
The locals are used to the hustle and bustle of living in a popular tourist destination and mostly great you with “Buongiorno” and a smile.
You get an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia as you cruise the network of channels that weave through the captivating architecture of local homes and buildings dating back over thousands of years. There’s honestly no place on earth like it.
There are no roads or cars in Venice meaning the only way to get around is either by foot or boat, though this just adds to the amazing experience.
Not to worry, you will never have to wait long for transport with hundreds of gondolas, water taxis and boats filling the waterways.
Of course, the most authentic and unparalleled way around is by the traditional gondola. Possibly the most recognisable feature of Venice, each gondola is manned by a well-dressed local Gondolier. You regularly hear the Gondola drivers singing Italian songs or sharing the history of Venice with the on-board tourists.
As you cruise the canals you get to take in the heart of the historic city. It’s obvious why many describe Venice as one of the most romantic cities in the world.
When you jump on a gondola, ask them to take you to the Piazza San Marco, also known as Saint Mark’s Square. This was the first place I visited when I jumped out the boat and made my way on foot and I suggest you do the same.
The bustling piazza is one of Europe’s most famous meeting places, lined with shops, cafes with exquisite traditional foods and museums. While you’re there be sure to grab some Italian Gelato as you explore, it’s bloody delicious.
I’ll also warn you now, DO NOT feed the pigeons or seagulls. I am not joking when I say the seagulls are almost 4 times the size of those we have in Australia and they will not leave you alone.
Whilst avoiding the ravenous birds, be sure to check out Saint Mark’s Basilica Cathedral and take in its sophisticated and elegant design as you listen to the bells of San Marco.
The food in Venice is delectable, the locals are lovely, the culture is unique and the architecture is absolutely magnificent. The experience is like no other, so start saving and get your butt to Venice!