Venice is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s been in so many films and always looks so beautiful.
One of the main things I was looking forward to about Venice was taking a cheesy gondola ride, having seen countless pictures of this before my visit. I think it’s one of those things that are firmly planted on my bucket list. So now, I can happily check that one off. And my advice if you are thinking about visiting Venice, it’s worth doing a gondola ride around the city. You get some really beautiful views around the place and it’s actually really cute (and not as cheesy as I first thought it’d be). You pay a certain price per gondola so if there’s only two of you, it’s worth getting a bit friendly and asking someone to share the boat with you to bring your share of the price down.
Another one of my favourite things about Venice was the St Marco’s Square. I love the main squares of Italian cities, as they’re just always full of insanely pretty buildings. Not only did it have a beautiful church, statues and original looking buildings but this place looked so incredible at night. The square was filled with hundreds of lights and was nowhere near as busy as it was in the daytime. Perfect atmosphere for people watching and an evening stroll.
This city is so incredible and is the most original and unique looking city that I’ve ever visited. As you can imagine, the city is built completely on the water and as you step out of some of the doorways you are directly on the water, meaning that water taxis are very common things. I don’t think I could handle living there though because it was so busy but I really want to go back! It was also like one big giant maze so be careful that you don’t get lost amidst the tall buildings! I’m pretty sure I ended up at completely the other side of Venice but somehow stumbled back to the main square (luckily).
Venice also continued to show me that Italians really do things better. Again, the city was complete with beautiful designer shops that saw me vowing to come back and buy everything while I spent time window gazing. My budget wouldn’t stretch far enough for this luggage either, unfortunately.
If you ever get chance, take my advice and visit Venice. It’s one of those cities that you just have to see and experience for yourself. Seeing the city on your TV or computer screens definitely isn’t enough.