Evenings pair perfect with gelato, and a gondola ride gently rocking you through small canals and into the Grand Canal.
One perk about Venice is that it is a city without traffic (so long as you aren’t lugging your suitcase over several bridges)! Aside from the occasional gondola traffic jam, the pace is yours to set and the sights are endless to savor.
Venice is a continuous celebration. Its history included lavish masquerade parties with royalty, trade, and ship building. Today, the rustic palaces, abundance of seafood, and the numerous points to visit make for an unforgettable experience for all of the senses.
Piazza San Marco’s size was truly astonishing:
During the day, pedestrians stroll and birds gather in the large square where St. Mark’s Campanile and Basilica are located. In the evenings, trattorias provide live bands and endless rounds of Bellinis.
Gondoliers and locals alike truly enjoy and embrace Venetian society. The genuine smiles of the Venetian people show their love of the city. Locals are often seen enjoying an espresso, smoking a cigar, or eating out with a group of friends.
Although the city faces erosion, work has commenced to rebuild crumbling brick, gondolas are continuously restored and polished, and the small population works day and night to water taxi supplies to each hotel and restaurant. There is also a slight odor throughout Venice, probably due to old plumbing, but that aside there isn’t much to complain about.
I enjoyed each day of surprise that Venice unfolded, from local artists crafting gold leafed carvings, or stroking their brushes to canvas in a small square, to some of the best meals that I have ever eaten. There is something special each step (or each row) of the way.
– A sweet only journey