Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. (Wikipedia)
So after Pisa, Florence & Rome, we headed to Venice. I seriously feel renting a car was one of the best decisions that we made. We were in Venice for Two days and a night. Read about our trip to Pisa, Florence, and Rome below.
Venice was on my bucket list, since forever. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s definitely one of a kind. A city surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, breathtaking views & exquisite gondola rides. You won’t just experience spectacular views here but also magnificent architecture and astonishing history. The moment I get to cross Venice off my list was indeed a moment of pure bliss. and yes we did that with a baby hehe. We spent a day and a half over there.
We parked at the San Marco Garage and took the water fiery to our hotel. The best way to explore Venice is through the water fiery. I can bet, it’s nothing that you have ever experienced. The weather was crazy when we were walking towards our hotel, hubby was dragging the suitcase while I was pushing Zahra in the stroller, it was windy & started raining like cats and dogs. The only thought swirling in my head was: I won’t let anything ruin our trip to Venice and we will make the most of whatever we can. *fingers crossed*
Around 2:00 Pm We reached the hotel, it was super cute and had a beautiful vintage vibe to it. As soon as we got in, I checked the weather and it says it would clear up at 3: oo pm, that was surely a moment of relief. Meanwhile, we settled in and freshen up. And suddenly it seemed like it never rained, so Sunny outside. I was glad I didn’t go overboard and started stressing about the weather. Thank God! I also read reviews saying that the water at Venice smells but honestly, we didn’t smell anything. We walked around & first thing we did was to stop at Venchi the gelato store we previously found in Rome for some Gelato. Yummy!
Here are my Top 5 Reasons to Visit Venice:
1- It’s Romantic as Hell!
If you have seen the random Venice Photos on google or anywhere else, you know for sure that Venice reminds of Romance. In the day it was the colors of the sunset reflected in the canal and at night you could see the stunning cozy restaurants playing the most soothing music. It’s seriously all about Reflections, that makes everything just so exquisite. The Grand Canal was definitely the highlight along with other bridges that overlook the small canals.
It’s like the whole sky is glowing below your feet & you are walking by it. -Nida
2- The Wow Factor:
Any place that is one of a kind has a wow factor to it. And that’s how I felt about Venice. I couldn’t believe I was actually there. Every corner had something eye-catching for you to be in awe. My favorite was the Saint Marks Square, which was a 10-minute walk from our hotel. It’s the famous square in Venus, and also had the San Marco Basilica & San Marco Campanile ( the bell tower). Just walking around the city will make you feel like you are part of it with the hustle bustle of tourists around the world.
3- You see the other side:
We are so used to with the same mode of transportation & the same mode of life, the land life. Seeing, gondola taxi’s parked outside the hotels, instead of a lavish limo was quite a view. Also, we noticed a gondola with DHL written on it and transferring courier boxes from one place to another. We took the water fiery from one corner to another & saw all the vacant and not so vacant buildings surrounded by water, some were decaying as well. It was an unusual feeling and a very different view of the city. Also, I heard from so many people that the Gondola ride is overrated but I feel that’s not the case. We took the small canal, loved the feeling of being in a black & red Gondola & experiencing it. It’s definitely a once in a lifetime thing.
4- Sense of Peace:
I don’t know what it was but being there felt so peaceful and serene. Maybe it was the fact that there were no honking of cars or no one was in a rush to reach somewhere. Everything seemed calm, slow and at an easy pace.We had one day but that day felt long enough for us to soak in all the treasures Venice had to offer.
5- Lost in Allies:
These allies are not just gorgeous but are so easy to be lost in too. Anyone who has been to Venice is surely going to agree with me. We definitely were lost even after following our GPS on the phone LOL. Because it all looks the same and it’s so confusing especially at night. And I guess being tired, hungry and having a toddler around makes everything slightly tougher. Although in Zahra’s defense she was a perfect travel companion, enjoyed being in photos with us, had pasta and gelato and definitely enjoyed. Or we think she did 😀
Must Do In Venice:
Gondola Ride: Something that you should experience at least once.
The Grand Canal
Rialto Bridge: You have to take a photo from the top of this bridge. Hubby stayed with Zahra while I went up and took a couple of photos.
Saint Marks Square: It’s all about the gorgeous architecture, nice restaurants and soothing music playing at night.
San Marco Basilica: In the square
San Marco Campanile ( the bell tower) In the square
Water Fiery: We got a 24 hours pass, so we can roam on it as much as we want.
Souvenir Shopping: Don’t forget to grab some masquerades fridge magnets and also a cute little Gondola.
I think a day at Venice is good enough. We spent two days and one night which was more than enough for us to explore & do the things we wanted to do and see. You can also hop on and off different stops and can also go towards the opposite island.
Do you know Venice is slowly sinking? So you better make it to this one soon. Although we went to so many places, the blue sky and the perfect reflection in the water were making Venice standout from the rest. Hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.