Venice was our longest stop on the trip and by far the most exhausting as the city was huge and crowded. From the packed taxi boats to the winding streets with a lot of dead ends and bustling crowds of foreigners – I think most of the class was immediately overwhelmed. I had always pictured charming little canals with a small town atmosphere, so I was surprised by the intense and chaotic ambience. Unfortunately I was unable to go on a gondola, but I was able to see a lot of groups enjoying their ride with a singing gondolier!
Vinny has already discussed the museums of Venice, so I won’t dwell on them too much, but I loved seeing modern exhibits- it was really refreshing to since our schedule for the trip was so heavy with historical sites.
At night the city surprisingly becomes very charming and quiet. Huge plazas once packed with tourists are now nearly empty. Restaurants with outdoor seating have live performances. The streets are so quiet that you can hear the waves from bay. And my most favorite, everything is dark and lit by lanterns, giving a very romantic yet mysterious feel.
Out of all the cities I have been to so far, Venice definitely had the best stores. It seems strange to point this out, but it’s actually a great city for window shopping. Am I planning on buying that 1500 euro skirt from Prada? Of course, not! But I really enjoyed winding through the streets and seeing beautiful windows with vivid colors and unique staging on either side of me. Here are some of my favorites…