Within this labyrinth of narrow bridges, cramped courtyards, twisting canals and shuttered squares, is a living, breathing city, ideal for a short break.
As you explore the maze of streets and the beautiful Grand Canal, reflecting on the glories of Venetian architecture lining the banks of the canal. At the end of Venice’s impressive waterway, the Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco making Venice even more impressive. But wait until you see what’s hiding in the narrow backstreets: neighbourhood churches lined with priceless marble, endless restaurants selling the most amazing fresh pasta and cafes full of Venetians drinking their evening Spritz.
Nowhere on earth is as still as Venice at night. No street vendors, no tourists, no sound – only the occasional splashing of oars in the canal. Ethereal and lonely, the streets of Venice echo a history that spans for thousands of years. The story of how a swampy lagoon, firstly discovered by a group of refugees turned into fisherman – was transformed into one of the most richest trading powers in the world.
Once you’ve had your full of battling it out with the pigeons in the square, climb up the San Giorgio Maggiore bell tower on the homonymous island, to see the whole of Venice island in all its glory. Next…my favourite part of the trip; a visit to the glass making land of Murano and the beautiful island of Burano which is definitely worth a visit, to take in the endless laundry-lined streets of colour. Every house you see is of a different shade. Burano can only be enjoyed by a visit to the local bakery to try a famous cookie or even a local doughnut.
The highlight for me was an evening cocktail in a local Venetian bar and restaurant; La Caravella. But also trying some of the best fresh pasta I have ever eaten, as well as my favourite…the caprese; fresh Italian tomatoes with mozzarella and basil, what could be any better?
Venice was definitely one of the most interesting and beautiful cities that I have visited and I have never been anywhere else like it. Every corner holds something new and interesting, it definitely is a feast for the eyes.
(All photos taken by me)