A very popular destination in the world, so much has been written about Venice. The city has so much for visitors to see and experience and since it was my first time in Venice, I was very excited to have my own Venice experience – ride the iconic gondola down the world-famous Grand Canal, explore the city’s hidden charms and of course to visit some of its most popular offerings.
I don’t want to leave Venice without taking the gondola ride. So, before going anywhere else in Venice, I went for the famous gondola ride and trekked through the fascinating Grand Canal and its narrow waterways – it’s a must-do in Venice.
The gondola ride along the waterways of the Grand Canal is fascinating. Just imagine you are in a highway, but instead of cars, trucks and buses, what you’ll find traversing are water boats, taxis and gondolas. Another fascinating sights to see along the waterways are the waterway-facing doors and entrances of hotels and restaurants with water taxis dropping and picking up passengers. The gondola ride also took me to some of the city’s lesser known narrow canals passing by palazzos, mansions and under small bridges.
Riding a gondola is undoubtedly a must-do experience in Venice. The ride is not only about the views and everything you’ll see on the tour, it is also about experiencing Venice as it was long time ago.
After the gondola ride, I was mazing the backstreets exploring the lesser known offerings of Venice. Wandering through narrow alleyways and crossing stone bridges, I arrived in the least touristy part of the city – the area in Venice where locals live.
I realized how fantastic it was to get lost in this section of Venice. In every turn round every corner reveals stunning views of little shops and restaurants where local Venetians shop and eat. If you want to capture and experience Venice in a slower pace, stay away from the crowd and head towards the off beaten path.
From the less known gems of Venice, the tour went on to the most popular spot in Venice, St. Mark’s Square, another must visit spot in Venice. Surrounding St. Mark’s Square are Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile tower, Doge’s Palace, the Piazzetta and lots of statues. St. Mark’s Square is absolutely a beautiful square. The guided tour ended in St. Mark’s Square. With lots to see around so as the flock of crowds (and pigeons ), dining and shopping in this part of Venice is very expensive.
With the canals, gondolas, stunning views and romance, Venice is definitely amazing and one of the best destinations in Italy, around Europe and in the whole world. Never leave Venice with only souvenirs in your suitcase, make sure you ride the gondola, get lost in the back alleys and experience the charm offerings of the city.