Hey, everyone! I’ve been in a wanderlust mood lately, but I don’t have the time or money for a vacation right now. So, I decided to reflect on some of my favorite destinations instead. First up: Venice, Italy!
Where is it?
Venice is located on the northeastern coast of Italy, across the Adriatic Sea from Croatia.
When is the best time to visit?
Most people visit in the summer, but this is probably the worst time to visit. Venice has very little real estate, being a series of islands, so the end result is millions of people (the last count was 20 million a year!) squeezing into a city that has, according to Wikipedia, only 161 square miles of land. Add that to the jacked-up prices for the tourist season and sweltering heat, and you’re likely to end up hating the city.
For these reasons, I recommend visiting Venice in the fall or spring. I went there in early November and it was perfect. The weather was mild, the prices were cheaper, and the city was calmer in general. I also got some pictures of St. Mark’s Square without any tourists, which is nearly impossible.
What to do there?
There’s a ton of amazing things to do in Venice. Some of the highlights include:
- Burano: this small island is famous for its lace and colorful houses
- Murano: an island that developed the famous Murano glass
- Gelato: I’m a huge fan of this Italian ice cream. I advise buying some at Gelateria il Doge, in Saint Margaret’s square.
- The Doge’s Palace: I didn’t have time to visit the palace, which housed the rulers of Venice for centuries, but it was highly recommended to me by some friends who have visited Venice multiple times.
- The Campanile: the tower that stands watch over St. Mark’s Square provides amazing views of the city
- St. Mark’s Basilica: while you can’t take pictures inside the church, I still recommend taking a peek; it’s breathtaking. Also take some photos with the famous St. Mark’s lions, the symbol of Venice.
- Get lost! The best way to explore Venice is on foot, wandering through the small alleys and side-streets created by the canals. You never know what you’ll find!