Imagine somewhere above Earth, an artist accidentally spilled his painting palette, splattering colors all over this island of Italy. That’s Venice for you.
I don’t think I’ve been to a city more colorful, charming and surreal than Venice. It’s so tiny, yet you’ll still get lost in the small, narrow alleyways that twist around the city, at first skeptical of the alleys that are literally cracks between buildings but eventually know that they are equivalent to “streets” and are not dodgy at all. Most places are only 5 to 10 minutes away from each other by walking – according to Google maps I can walk from one end to the other of Venice in one hour. 😮
Why surreal? Because no matter which way you look, it’s a picture worthy to be on a postcard. The entire three days I was there, I kind of forgot there’s an entire world out there. I felt so bubbled in the beauty of Venice.
Gioia and I kept forgetting that we were practically on water. The only form of public commute is water bus, called a “vaporetto.” You will be very confused by all the bus lines, and you will be paying a lot for each journey. (7 euros one-way, 20 euros for a 24-hour pass) And being the confused person I am, I wasted quite some money getting on unnecessary vaporettos. But hey, you learn from mistakes, right? That being said, vaporettos are only for when you really need them – like when you physically can’t walk over to the other side of the water. Otherwise everywhere is very walkeable.
I had major trust issues with Google Maps from time to time. Or more like, all the time. There are so many alleyways and streets that are so unstructured and arbitrary that Google maps just simply can’t handle. Gioia and I literally walked 45 extra minutes to get to the other side of Venice, because Google Maps didn’t register this bridge that would have connected us and make us walk way less.
We also went “island hopping” because bar hopping is just too mainstream. Off of Venice, there are multiple islands that are even tinier but each has its own charms. There is Murano, famous for their glassworks, and Burano, their lace works. They were both gorgeous as well, and even more colorful than Venice.
One thing to note is that although in general food is good in Venice, they are not amazing, compared to many other parts of Italy. But if you put in the effort, it’s not hard to dig up some delicious eats.
Venice a like a tiny haven. You come here and you forget everything else about the world. I think I lost Gioia so many times because I just couldn’t help but wander off and take photos of everything.