Experiencing Venice for the first time


As you can see this trip was some time ago, but I thought I would share some of my experience anyways. Italy has always been a dream of mine, so of course, I wanted to go to Venice and see this romantic and beautiful city in person.

We actually lived about twenty minutes away from Venice, so we traveled by bus every day from a smaller town called Treviso. That's my advice of the day if you're going to Venice, live in Treviso. It's close to the airport, the town is really cute and the local bus works just fine. And to be honest, there are some cute restaurants in Treviso as well, just located by the canals, so don't miss out on that. I would recommend that you take some extra time to explore this next door cutie.


The food in Venice was amazing, and to get the most of the cuisine we decided to share just an appetizer or a main dish in every restaurant we sat down in. I loved it. The seafood, the plates of pasta, the wines. Mhm! Did I mention the pasta? Well yeah, you all know my love for pasta, but combine seafood, pasta, and wine, and I am in heaven for sure.

Going on a ride in a gondola was really really expensive. So we didn't. But that's the one thing a do regret from our visit to Venice. I will probably never return to Venice again, seeing as it's a town that's good for about one, one and a half days. So I should have taken a ride in a gondola, just to have the memory. But I was stupidly stingy and decided not to...

Let's skip to the architecture. Amazing buildings, bridges, churches. All beautiful. But our biggest problem was that there were street signs about every three blocks, so we got lost all of the time. The narrow alleyways, small streets, and the really tall buildings make it hard to navigate when you can't make out the direction. Buy a map.

So you will probably get lost in the city as we did. Several times. But isn't that one of the great things about experiencing a new place, getting lost and finding something totally unexpected. I know we did. We found that little square that was hidden away, where the locals dined, and the kids played on the small courtyard in front of the school. So we stayed for a while, had some food and wine, and just enjoyed ourselves whilst people-watching. It was amazing. I loved getting lost in Venice, that's one of my best memories from our weekend in the romanticized city of Italy.


And remember to buy a ticket for the boat bus, you cant buy them on the boat, only at the bus station which is just at the beginning of the city. We actually walked the entire city, and at the end when we wanted to take the boat bus to get back, we couldn't, so that was a bummer.

If you go to Venice, it's not like in the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp. It's cute alright and we had a good weekend, but it's not what it's cracked up to be. But as I said in the beginning, it was a while ago that we visited Venice, so to be fair - nowadays I do my research. I have a hard time thinking that I would have found my self in the same situations, of not having a ticket for example. But for the record, I am glad I have seen Venice and I would love to go back and explore Italy some more.

//Ann


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Jan,
I visited Venice several years ago and simply loved it. That city looks so beautiful in all the pictures of buildings surrounded by water and also the gondolas! It's a pity that it has problems of flooding in particular and hope it gets resolved. 😊
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Anngelic
Anngelic,
I agree, hope it gets resolved!
/Angelica
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Julien,
I absolutely loved Venice. When I can't find street signs I take that as a sign to just wander. All the lovely coves and alleyways with water crisscrossing by was just lovely.
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Anngelic
Anngelic,
It sure is beautiful Julien!
/Angelica
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Nancy,
Thanks for sharing about Venice. I hope to get there someday before its under water. What a beautiful place.
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Anngelic
Anngelic,
I am glad I had the opportunity to go there, and hopefully I'll get there again to see some more of the city. There is so much more left, that I have not seen yet 😊
//Ann
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Jenn
,
I was so glad we were able to visit Venice! We are actually returning for a quick visit soon!
Anngelic
Anngelic,
Oh! 😃 I would love to return to Venice 😊
//Ann
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Nicky ,
I loved Venice! We spent three days there as part of a European Roadtrip and honestly, I wasn't looking forward to it, but it blew me away. im not very good with crowds, so we didn't linger at the popular tourist sites for long, but instead wandered the back streets, laughed with locals and drank at local bars and cafès. That for me was where the magic of Venice lies. If you ever return, explore some more, I think you'll fall in love.
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Anngelic
Anngelic,
I loved getting lost in the backstreets, we found the best places whilst lost 😃
//Ann
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Jennifer Mostert,
My husband promised to propose to me on a Gondola in Venice almost 30 years ago and I'm still waiting 😊 I love getting lost in backstreets I find that it gives you a true reflection of what a place is really like.
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Anngelic
Anngelic,
Oh I love that Jennifer! 😃
You're just gonna have to get that ticket and pack that boyfriend of yours so you can share that magical moment together. And hey, dont forget to bring a cameraman aswell, I would love to see it 😃
//Ann
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Jay Artale,
You're so right ... If you're visiting somewhere for the first time and you're not sure you'll have the chance to come back, you've just got to grab the opprotunities by the balls just to make sure you don't have any regrets when you look back. I saw a TV program at the weekend that was about Venice - the gondola rides are ridiculously expensive ... so I think I would have made the same decision as you (and then regretted it too!!)
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Georgina,
You are correct! Venice doesn't need more than a couple of days because you can get around it quite quickly. But I must say my first visit was for a week and we visited a lot of Venice, and did island hopping in Burano and took a day trip across the Adriatic Sea. The gondola ride at sunset was more expensive than the day but we did it anyways. I like that you tried a dish at every restaurant you sat down - I have not tasted better pasta & seafood than the Italians. Simple and exquisite.
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Jenn | By Land and Sea
,
My hubby took me to Venice two years ago this week! Thank you for bringing back some great memories for me. This is especially true considering we are also supposed to be on our way to the airport as I type this for another trip flying in and out of Venice, but we all know how that has worked out...
Karthika,
I look forward to visiting Italy the next time I get to Italy. Love the history and culture of this city so much!
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