Travel Profile: Venice
Right on the heels of our wedding, Christine and I escaped to Venice as the first destination on our Italian honeymoon.
A city like no other, Venice is made up entirely of canals, alleys and bridges. There are no roads. There are no cars. In fact, navigating through the city is utterly impractical. It is impossible to walk in a straight line, but if you allow yourself to get lost, it becomes a city of discovery. No two blocks look the same and around every corner is yet another breathtaking photo opportunity. It almost starts to get old!
The city is also refreshingly clean and it’s hard not to draw parallels to theme parks inspired by the site (Disney’s Epcot or anything in Busch Gardens Williamsburg). And on that thought, Venice is full of history but lacking in contemporary culture. Most residents do not live on the historic islands and the core of the city is a massive tourist operation. Ask for dinner spots that celebrate Venetian cuisine and try to avoid the many tourist-traps near St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge.
Check out the Doge’s Palace for Venetian architecture, artwork and history. While overpriced, the 80-100 Euro gondola ride is as romantic as it is required.
If you keep your visit short (two or three nights) and your itinerary empty, you will fall in love with the city, just as the world has for hundreds of years.* You may literally find yourself waking up to the operatic talents of a Gondolier’s voice reverberating through the alleyways, and that is a very special thing.
*Also, avoid the tourist-heavy and smelly-water seasons.