Hey lovelies, I am back again after a mini hiatus (if you can call it that) and officially blogging full swing again. I recently got a new job and now that it is an actual full time job it was incredibly hectic to actually find time or energy to post. It was honestly to the point where blogging felt like a chore and I felt like I HAD to blog and it honestly should never feel that way; it should continue to be fun and I should feel like I’m grasping for air on blog topics. With that being said, I’m super happy to be back with yet another photo diary post of my travels this past July. This time I’ll be talking about Venice, and this is just a snippet of all the photos that I have in my possession ( I have so much more!). I hope you all enjoy them and hope I am able to capture the precsence of Venice in my photos for you guys. I genuinely loved this city and had some apprehension about visiting because of the time of year; but it certainly won me over and my only wish was that we should have had more time in this city. I thoroughly enjoy writing these honestly because it makes me reminisce about my trip and I get to go back through all of my photos of each country. It makes my wanderlust even more rampant! So, Click below and see my 48 hours in Venice!
Now, we literally had maybe a day in Italy and we stayed in a town outside the city and took a water taxi over to Venice. The town we stayed in was called Mestre and while it had a cute little city center, it wasn’t the best place to walk at night ( as we found out when our group arrived at our hotel). While Mestre was a bit of a dud, Venice was absolutely beautiful and since I’m a sucker for architecture I was in heaven. When I looked up reviews and guides on Venice prior to my trip, I was left so skeptical and dreading this part of my trip but I can honestly say that I was soo happy that it didn’t match anything that people were saying so I wanna go ahead and address them here:
- No the city does not smell of sewage – it was actually quite normal smelling and wasn’t repulsive. Many people said that the smell was unbearable in July.
- The weather is gorgeous. It wasn’t incredibly hot- I mean sure it was hot but you could still walk around, and that might have been due to us walking around in the early hours of the morning
- The Crowds- Yes, just like any city there will be tourists everywhere and as long as you get up early and start your day, walking around was totally fine. Although, I noticed after about 3pm it was soo difficult to walk around that my anxiety was through the roof; so I definitely suggest starting your day early- It’s beautiful and so peaceful. You’ll thank me later. <3
- Italian food is okay, and according to a lot of guides Venice is not up there for food. My suggestion… Get lost in the city, find a local Italian place and get authentic food. I stuck to Seafood (check the picture out below)
The water taxi was a lot of fun, and so awesome to see how Venice is set up; quote me if I’m wrong but I think this is the only way to reach Venice!
For history buffs, The picture above are the Columns of St. Mark and St.Theodore, and are in Piazza San Marco and are incredible in person. Our tour guide stated that Venetians believe it to be bad luck to pass between the pillars as the spot used to be where execution of prisoners would take place during the days of the Doge. When he told us that, I made sure to go around it in order to get to our meeting spot with my group! haha. I’m super superstitious so I took my chances and believed him.
St. Mark’s Basilica. This is absolutely breathtaking and honestly one of those monuments and buildings that truly cannot be captured to its full extent. This Basilica took my breath away and I couldn’t stop staring in awe, I’m not a very religious person but when you go inside this church it will give you goosebumps by how beautiful the architecture and painting, and tiling are done– all by hand as well. It truly is stunning and I could go on and on.
The local Venetian population is quite small due to the influx of tourists and the cost of living to live in Venice, and you can definitely see the decay of buildings and many of the buildings are abandoned since it costs too much to live in the city anymore. The city has a charm of its own and the locals that you do see and interact with are so friendly. The city is in fact sinking and will eventually be under sea level by the end of the century according to our tour guide. So definitely see it soon, it’s absolutely beautiful and it is a shame that geographically it is sinking.
During our day in Venice, we did take a Gondola ride around Venice and had Champagne afterwards! It was so awesome and everything you think a gondola would be. There are guys who sing and you will absolutely love getting around and seeing the city on one, so if you go. DO IT. It’s so cliche and touristy but it’s honestly something I will always remember.
Okay, so here’s the important part- especially if you’re like me and LOVE food. When I was researching, believe it or not Venice wasn’t known for their Italian food. Since there aren’t many locals left it’s hard to find local cuisine. My best suggestion is to get lost in the city, any city in fact in order to find the best food. If you visit Venice, stay clear of the Piazza San Marco— they charge you for the music that is being played in the square and are crazy expensive for no reason. Wander into a random street in Venice and you’re guaranteed to find a gem. We found a little Italian restaurant where I ordered Calamari and it was AMAZING and the prices were relatively cheap!
All in all, I really enjoyed Venice and if I go back I’ll probably stay in the actual city of Venice instead of having to take a water taxi there and back no matter the price, simply because of convenience. I wish I had, had more time in the city and I definitely hope to go back again one day.
I hope you all enjoy this photo diary! Have any of you been to Venice and if so, what were some of your favorite things about the city?https://www.ashleymarlenis.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Northwell_Alt-Ashley2Cxo.png