A Walk in Venice

Meet me in Venice…

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Venice is more than just an island in the Adriatic. It’s a floating city, built on wood pilings on 118 submerged islands. There are 400 bridges and 170 canals connecting the narrow streets… perfect for getting lost.

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If you’re a wanderer, or a poet, or a navigator, or a lover, Venice might be the place for you. Casanova, Marco Polo and Vivaldi were all born in this inspiring maritime destination.

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If your sense of direction isn’t so good, you might consider visiting Venezia with a friend. The windy streets, interrupted incessantly by canals and dead ends, are a formidable opponent to the traveler who can’t find his/her way out of a paper bag.

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Fortunately, the best way to experience Venice is by getting lost… there’s really no better way to explore.

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Venice is known as “La Serenissima” – the most serenely beautiful one, though it doesn’t always live up to its serene nickname. During the day when thousands of cruise passengers are milling about, crowding the narrow alleyways, it’s best to avoid the high traffic areas like St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge.

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Venice experiences annual flooding, known as Acqua Alta, where the lagoon washes into the city leaving up to 6 feet of water in the low-lying areas near the Piazza San Marco. If you’re in Venice anywhere from September to March, expect to have wet feet!

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Venice’s downsides – crowds, floods, inflated tourist prices – are completely outmatched by its picturesque canals, ancient palaces and enchanting courtyards. If you travel during the off-season, or avoid the cruise crowds at popular tourist attractions during the day, you might just feel like you have Venice all to yourself.

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Venice really is as beautiful and distinctive as it is in the pictures, and well worth a visit … and a long wander.

Just bring a map.

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    January 08, 2013

    Beautiful pictures! I always find it amusing in Venice that once you’re off the main street that is so crowded you can’t see a thing, you’re suddenly on your own, no one disturbs you in exploring this great city. Venice has never been on my bucket list but when I went there (because I was so nearby so why not) I fell in love with it and returned there to discover more of it. And getting lost there is definitely a pleasure… 🙂
    get well soon xxx
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    January 09, 2013

    Very nice picture. This is a great city.Venice has never been on my bucket list but when I went there (because I was so nearby so why not) I fell in love with it and returned there to discover more of it. And getting lost there is definitely a pleasure… 🙂

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      January 11, 2013

      Thanks, Andrew! I, too, went to Venice because I was close by… but was really impressed!

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    January 10, 2013

    Great photos, Angie! I never tire of seeing Venice despite the more than 50 times I’ve been there since it is only 45 minutes away. And getting lost is absolutely the best way to see Venice. After all, you never can get too lost since you are on an island!
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      January 11, 2013

      Exactly! I think that might be my favorite part… you can only get SO lost.

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    January 10, 2013

    Superb pictures, Angie! I love the one of the boat with the blue top on it.
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    January 12, 2013

    I love the selfie reflection in your glasses!
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