How can I start writing about Venice and not begin with the canals?
The best ones in my opinion are those that are just wide enough for the gondolas.
You get so close to people’s houses you can see the cracks in the walls – how amazing that people live with all this on their doorstep!
The Grand Canal, from my gondola ride
The epicentre of the Venetian waterways is found at the Grand Canal, which is beautiful from every angle.
The Grand Canal, from Rialto Bridge
While these gondola rides do not come cheap (the price depends on how long you go for and how much you haggle but expect the price to begin from 80 euro) it is truly one of those rare experiences you can’t get anywhere else and so worth it.
The Rialto Bridge and Saint Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) are the two main names people recognize in relation to Venice.
Saint Mark’s Cathedral (Basilica di San Marco) is also a stunning piece of architecture but unfortunately it was under renovation while I was there so my photos of it don’t do justice.
Since it was the peak of summer and the Italian heat can be stifling, the best discovery of the day was this stand among the markets near Rialto Bridge.
There was also some very reasonably priced souvenirs around here and I scored myself a decorative fan for only 1 euro (I still have it, this thing was a lifesaver on many a bus or train journey with no aircon!)
I really wasn’t expecting there to be such Moorish styled architecture in Venice – there’s some fantastic buildings around the place.
I could kick myself because while I stopped into so many stores to admire beautiful masks and the jewellery made of glass that they are so famous for, I somehow didn’t think to take any photos of either of these – guess I was too busy admiring the beauty of them firsthand!
There’s beauty everywhere in Venice and my day here ended with this culinary display of it, in the form of a most delicious risotto.
It was followed by a lovely sunset from the Piazza San Marco. Simply perfetto!
A few more images from around Venice..