Venice – Italy, The City on 117 Islands

Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 117 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges. Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, their architecture, and artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site.

I have discovered a bunch of unpublished old photos from my previous trips, so I decided to publish some of them. These were taken in April 2013.

Venice is a city that surprises people on their first visit, at least I had a different experience from what I expected.

It is a beautiful city, no doubts about it, but most of the time spent there (~4 hours) I felt like in a cage. I wanted to propose to my wife there, but it was difficult to find the right opportunity in this city. Crowds of people everywhere you go.

The initial plan was to book a hotel in Venice for 3 nights, which thankfully didn’t happen. Friends advised me to book a hotel anywhere outside of Venice, even 50km away, and then go by train just for a tour. This was great advice, so I’m passing it along.

The water in Venice is green. This makes it feel dirtier than it is.
The water in Venice is green. This makes it feel dirtier than it is.
In Venice there are only flower pots - no trees, no grass.
In Venice there are only flower pots – no trees, no grass.
And beautiful windows.
And beautiful windows.
Space is scarce, so people dry their clothes outside.
Space is scarce, so people dry their clothes outside.
Just like other major Italian cities, Venice has a big problem with bad graffiti. Graffiti makes people feel unsafe.
Just like other major Italian cities, Venice has a big problem with bad graffiti. Graffiti makes people feel unsafe.

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Most streets in Venice are narrow and crowded with tourists.
Most streets in Venice are narrow and crowded with tourists.
Hordes and hordes of tourists, and this was a slow day.
Hordes and hordes of tourists, and this was a slow day.
The main attractions are always crowded.
The main attractions are always crowded.
The architecture alone is very impressive.
The architecture alone is very impressive.
You can see and feel why Venice was a maritime and economical power in the Middle Ages.
You can see and feel why Venice was a maritime and economical power in the Middle Ages.
The air feels very hot in Venice, even if the temperatures are not high. The stones in the city absorb the sun's heat and becomes like a sauna. Always have bottled water with you.
The air feels very hot in Venice, even if the temperatures are not high. The stones in the city absorb the sun’s heat and becomes like a sauna. Always have bottled water with you.
The gondoliers are rarely native Italians, but they do dress up to play the part.
The gondoliers are rarely native Italians, but they do dress up to play the part.

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