After hiking Cinque Terre, Venice was the last stop on our Italian adventure. We arrived very late in the night, so we really only had one complete day in the city. However, even after navigating the city in the dark, I knew I was going to love the city of Venice, and I was right!
Venezia, which hasn’t virtually changed at all in 600 years, is so jaw-droppingly beautiful and so unique. The city is actually a group of 118 small islands separated by water canals and connected by small, arched bridges. The city, which is actually slowly sinking, is also a World Heritage Site. The city dates back to 827, under the Doge family. In 1797, Venice was conquered by Napoleon. Eventually, Venezia became a part of Austria-Hungary before merging with Italy.
Our hostel in Venice was one of the worst I have ever stayed in, but with my budget and the expensive prices in Venice, we dealt with it for two nights and didn’t go back except for sleeping.
Water Taxi Ride
There are no cars in Venice, which means it is an extremely friendly pedestrian city. However, in order to get the best historic views of the city, Erin and I decided to take a one hour water taxi ride from one side of the city to the other.
The Rialto Bride, aka the first and oldest bridge to connect the canals in Venice
Piazza San Marco
Erin and I descended the water taxi at Saint Mark’s Square, where we visited Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace.
However I must say that my favorite parts of Venice were just walking around, shopping, sampling new restaurants, and getting lost between the various canals. Venice is truly a fairytale and a recommended visit to anyone.
Have you ever visited Venice? What was your favorite part? What should I see next time?