Venice is a city that seems made for tourists, but there is a real heart beneath the crowds. Come and explore the tiny alleys and canals that make up this iconic Italian city that you must visit. Here are some of our favourite shots and memories from one of the world’s truly romantic cities.
From the top of St Mark’s tower to the steps of the Rialto Bridge, Venice is one of those rare places in the world that feels like a living museum – or more accurately a living gallery.
It’s little wonder so many poems, books, films and paintings have Venice as the central character.
A sea of terracotta rooftops, waterways stitched with tiny bridges, and streets and canals so narrow there’s barely space for the buildings to breathe. It’s easy to get lost as you wander, but that’s where the real fun of Venice begins.
Getting lost in Venice – finding the city’s heart
I’ve been to Venice several times now – with my family, on my own and together with Jim – and each time I see something new. Even travelling the same path you’ll notice different things, meet new people and take away a whole other side to Venice.
And the most important thing to remember is getting away from the main tourist areas of Venice doesn’t mean you’re away from the most beautiful parts.
In fact, most of the time that’s quite to the contrary, and you’ll have it all to yourself as well.
We’ve shared our 5 things you must do in Venice and we stand by those, but we really wanted to focus on that extra tip of allowing time to wander.
We recommend avoiding the heaving summer crowds and try to plan your visit for autumn or spring instead. If you do visit in winter, you’ll find some places are closed, but you’ll have the city to yourself.
So put away your map, take your vaporetto ticket and put on comfortable shoes. Venice is a romantic city that needs more than a guided day trip to really experience it.
And if you can’t get to Venice right now, here are our Postcards from Venice.
Have you been to Venice? What was your fave spot? Tell us in the comments!
PS. You may also like these posts on Italy –
- How to find the real Italy
- The best way to get around Venice
- How to order coffee in Italy
- How to spend a week in Tuscany
- And for more of our Postcards From… series, click here.