Venice – the floating city

I wanted to write about my favourite destination in Italy. And to tell you the truth, I was torn. Italy is my favourite place in Europe and there’s so many interesting things to see and do. The quandary was between Florence and Venice – eventually the floating city won. But why? I guess I’m a bit of a romantic and, to me, Venice is just the place for it. Other than that, its beauty, charm and culture really won me over.

Famous for fine food, a fascinating history and erratic driving behaviour – Italy is a truly unique place. The thing that struck me in Venice, as obvious as it sounds, was the lack of cars. Maybe ‘the lack of’ is an understatement – there’s none! And whatever you may think about me being in a beautiful, cultured city and singling out no cars, if you’ve been there before you’ll understand why I said it. It’s incredibly peaceful wherever you go (apart from the hustle and bustle of the locals). Something you rarely get anywhere else in Europe. That means when you’re in Venice you can either walk among the beautiful and picturesque streets or take a water taxi. Of course, if you’re energetic enough you can walk across Venice’s 455 bridges.

And no, I haven’t forgotten the gondolas. I was saving that bit – it’s my favourite! To be fair, it’s probably the reason why I decided to write about Venice – and what an amazing experience it is too. Peace, tranquility, paired with beautiful views. Yes, it is expensive, but I can whole-heartedly say it was definitely worth the £150 I paid to go on one. Would I do it again? Yes.

Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square), another fantastic sight-seeing favourite. If you don’t visit St Mark’s Square when you go to Venice, it’s like going to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower. With plush bars and restaurants along with cafes and outside seating, it’s an idyllic way to wile away an afternoon in the Venetian sun.

What else is there to do? I could go on! But here’s another memorable moment of mine from Venice. Why not take a walk over the Rialto bridge (or up, it’s quite steep!) You’ll find many gift shops on it, along with pleasant views across the city. If you’re snap-happy make sure you get some shots of the bridge, it’s rather spectacular and captures the essence of this idyllic and unique city.

So, if you’re thinking of taking a trip to Venice, take it from me – you won’t be disappointed. If you’re already planning your travel arrangements, don’t forget Airparks’ low-cost airport parking.

Published by Ross Barnard on May 17, 2010

Rialto bridge, Venice. Used under creative commons licence from Liamnudds

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