– Quote by Frida Giannini
Endless recommendations. Beauty. Bucket list. Photography. Romance. Wonder.
Those are just a few of the reasons why I finally stopped off to see the ever-talked-about City of Love, Venice.
Sauntering through narrow alleyways filled with quaint antique shops and window displays full of hand-blown, rainbow coloured glass, you can’t help but feel a sense of happiness bubbling up inside your soul. There is something enchanting about Venice and it is not difficult to understand why this city has been the backdrop to so many movies.
The contrast of decadence and decay is mesmerising. Maze-like streets twist and turn, separated only by narrow rivers occupied by gondolas that are floating on by carrying couples in love.
So what did I get up to during my short time here?
I had heard (been told by a flirtatious waiter) that ‘Ponte di Rialto’, a main bridge connecting two parts of the city over a wide river, was the place to be for watching the sunse. So I headed there and spent some time gazing on as the fiery hue kissed the ancient buildings, which truly was a sight to behold. But ensure that you arrive in time to secure a nice viewing point.
I then headed towards a fanciful pizzeria where I was seated on a cobbled square and treated to copious amounts of vino rosso before an early bed. It wasn’t until the next day that I truly explored what Venice had to offer.
Things to do –
- Get a map! Venice is Mission Impossible without a map to follow.
- Visit Damien Hirst’s exhibit, ‘The Wreck of the Unbelievable’. It really is as magical as you would expect and well worth the £20.
- Piazza San Marco for some incredible architecture.
- Check out what other art and music festivals might be going on at the time of your visit, as Venice is known for hosting an array of great one-off exhibits.
- Treat yourself and your loved one to a gondola ride… you know you want to.
All in all, a wonderful city with so much to give in such a small space. Utterly perfect for a long weekend, it is a must-see if you wish to fall in love with a wholly unusual city, have your senses tickled and your eyes opened.