21 Mar,2019 By Jagabond
Venice is the most popular girl in school. The vote for prom queen is a waste of time because everyone knows the winner. She is admired from afar by all, and many dream of getting to know her. It reminds me of a quote.
“Any love that is solely based on physical beauty, is a stranger to longevity.” – Edmond Mbiaka
And that, my travel friends, sums up Venice.
And this is enough for me, and for many of us. I can’t imagine a more unique experience than taking a friend who’s never been for 24 hours here. We walk over the bridges and through the alleys, marveling at every canal and hoping a gondola floats by for the perfect picture. There is no other city or town that looks like it, though many claim the nickname ‘Venice of the North’. Don’t believe it. Venice is truly one of a kind.
That said, those spending more than an overnight here may be disappointed. The sheen on the city rubs off rather quickly. The beautiful views get repetitive, and you frustrate yourself by trying to get dinner reservations along with a thousand other tourists. The food is a whole other issue. TripAdvisor reviews exist for Venice. You won’t find worse food in Italy, so you need to only visit highly rated restaurants or else you’ll be scarfing down microwaved pasta.
Take a walk around this amazing city and soak in the novel sights unseen in the rest of Europe. Don’t spend too long here, as that will ruin the magic. Venice is best experienced when you leave wanting more. Here are my twenty most memorable pictures.
I woke up on my first day in Venice, looked out my hotel window and saw this.
It’s hard to get a bad picture of the grand canal…this one is definitely NOT bad.
This might be the only place where the black and white horizontal striped shirt makes you look good.
This pup was dressed for Carnival…good dog!
The church in St. Mark’s Square is a beauty, though you fight the tourist crowds for a picture.
The view from the church onto the square is epic, gazing upon all the cafes that double their prices for tourists.
I love street art but Venice isn’t big on it, in fact this modest piece is the only mural I saw.
Carnival time means crazy and colorful costumes…this character could add another ‘C’ by being creepy in a scary movie.
This is one of my favorite shots of Venice, and would look great framed and hanging on my bedroom wall.
My wife makes everything better, and since I rate Venice as an ‘A’ for beauty this picture scores an ‘A+’.
Behold the statue on the left. The winged beast is the Lion of St. Mark, the symbol of Venice.
The calm waters at night and the shine of the moon make this a beautiful city after dark.
Venice, known for Carnival, has its share of costume and mask shops…some of these will haunt your dreams!
Riding a gondola for the crazy price might just be worth it, even though you allow every tourist with a camera to treat you like a piece of meat. If I knew this I would’ve fixed my hair.
The Rialto Bridge is a can’t miss attraction, but it’s even better in black and white.
A great shot of the worn out gondolier, finished with a hard day’s work.
One of my favorite things to do in Venice is peek down alleys for hidden canal shots…this was the result of one of those impulsive peeks.
This pic was photobombed beautifully by the bird flying just under the sun.
Here is my wife again, admiring the green and pink hues of this lonely canal.
You just saw 19 enticing photos of Venice, and this guy is here to scare you away…don’t let him!
Some of my favorite travel bloggers have written great things about Venice. I’ve listed the best articles below to help you plan your trip. Always remember my advice about Venice – one day great, two days good, three days bad, four days you’ll hate it.