LOCATION: Venice, Italy
This item is part of my Contiki Trip Series.
A lot of times I go somewhere with expectations on how it will be based on what I’ve seen in pictures or movies. When I get there, I feel a little disappointed since the area isn’t exactly like everything that it was represented as. Venice would be the complete opposite though. I think in everyone’s minds, there is a distinct picture of Venice. Water lined streets with smashed together colorful buildings, culture everywhere and gondolas strolling along in every direction. I can confidently say that it is exactly like that and even more beautiful than you can imagine.
After landing in Venice from our canal boat ride, which you can read about that experience HERE. We stepped off into wonderland…with everyone else in the world apparently. There were SO many tourists everywhere it was hard to move.
We had to cross multiple bridges to get to the main Piazza San Marco square for our Venice tour. Along the way, we passed the Bridge of Sighs.
Everyone seemed to be frantically taking pictures of it since it was so famous. It is called the Bridge of Sighs because it was the last view of Venice that prisoners saw before going to their cell. It is suggested that prisoners would sigh at their final view of the world from the window before being taken away. It was a pretty view to say the least.
We made it to the Piazza San Marco and were graced with the beauty of St. Mark’s Basilica, which is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice and had been there since 1807. There was so much detail placed on this building it was amazing. I think it is crazy that places like this were built back then, but we can’t get amazing quality like this now. So much history.
Our tour started in the plaza and we walked around the various corridors in the area. Like Amsterdam, each corridor would go to another and another and another until you have no idea of where you were and which way you turned. Each corridor was very tiny and the apartments were smashed against each other. Someone could lean out of their window and reach the person in the apartment across the corridor. There were also many colors of apartments, which almost seems like the norm for Italy. After a brief tour we headed back to make our gondola ride, which you can read about HERE. We also went for gelato and wine. You can read about my gelato experience HERE, and my wine experience HERE.
While my experience with Venice was very brief, I was left with the longing sensation that I must come back and get lost there myself. So much to be explored and so much beauty in this water town.
*Thank you Shiran and Sue-Anne for accompanying me on this adventure
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Venice is gorgeous! I would love to go back again and be able to see more.
Contiki Travel is HIGHLY recommended. I would do this all over again a million times. www.contiki.com