I went to Venice in the winter, which probably wasn’t the best idea. The first day was cold and sunny but the second day rain constantly. Venice for me was a weekend break, so I tried to do as much as I could with my time away.
I flew with British Airways. It was a cheap ticket and only a couple of hours journey. When I arrived at the airport, it was dark, as I had an evening flight. Because Venice is basically a small island, I got the water bus to my hotel. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find photos of my hotel but it was right outside one of the stops. All the hotels were really bright and had a 16th century elegance about them.
For some reason, I was expecting to see loads in reference to Shakespeare because he wrote a lot about Venice. I was disappointed to find nothing but a small engraving on one of the steps, where people just walked past without noticing. Apart from that, Venice was an interesting place. It’s so small that I managed to walk around almost all of it in one day. The streets are cobbled and tight and its just a series of bridges over the water. The architecture was beautiful and historic, I don’t think I saw a modern building. My hotel was right next to St Marks Square, so I was able to get a nice image of the city and the sunset.
In terms of actual activities…it was lacking. The only notable thing to do apart from walking around and taking photos was to take a ride on the gondola. The gondola ride was the most expensive thing of my trip. It was a journey for about half an hour, with a guided tour of the main landmarks. Unfortunately, I went as the sun was setting, so it got dark pretty quickly and I couldn’t see most of what the guide was point at. Nevertheless, the tour guide was friendly and really explained the history of a lot of the buildings.
The second most expensive thing was probably the food. I remember it seemed a lot more expensive than food in England. I didn’t eat much as I was trying to cram activities into my days, but I did manage to have some pizza and ice cream. Both were delicious! If I go back, I would definitely make time to try more food and maybe go to a few more of the landmarks. Because it was raining heavily on the second day, the queues were not worth joining to see certain exhibits.
Overall, I had a good trip away and managed to get a few nice snaps. I thought Venice would be very romantic but I didn’t get that vibe when I was out there. I didn’t feel like I needed to be there with my Romeo. Instead, it was more of a place to be admired. It’s a truly beautiful island with gorgeous buildings and views everywhere you turn.
Tee rating: ☕️☕️☕️☕️. If you’ve been to Venice, what was your highlight? Leave me a comment to let me know. I’d love to hear from you.