If you’ve experienced the real Venice, exploring lane ways and waterways until late at night, you’ll understand the attraction of this magical place. If you’ve yet to spend a few nights in a Venetian hotel like Annia Park Hotel, read on to find out why you should be making plans to visit soon.
The first thing you notice about Venice is the complete lack of cars. There’s actually a chance you may not notice it immediately since Venice is normally so filled with tourists! If you’re exploring anywhere in the most popular areas you’ll find tourists almost overwhelming as they clamber to take photographs of gondoliers and glass blowing.
Venice is best viewed from the famous waterways and you really can’t visit without indulging in a gondola tour. Try to get off the beaten track by asking for a vaporetto tour through the back canals. By avoiding the Grand Canal you can see a more authentic side to Venice and possibly avoid the crowds that Venice is fast becoming known for.
Each year the population of permanent residents drops as people decide to move out rather than spend money restoring homes. Many of the permanent residents that remain living in the city are seniors.
Acqua Alta is a fascinating sight that many blame for the dropping number of residents in Venice. Whenever the water level rises about 9cm over normal levels the city starts to go under water. A wander around as the water starts to flow through can be an exciting adventure. Many locals find it an irritating inconvenience but tourists love to photograph the plazas covered in water.
With 177 canals and over 400 bridges there are plenty of vantage points to take photographs from. Take the time to walk the laneways on your way to museums and churches. Explore the Basilica San Marco and sample the local goods at the fresh food markets. Bring your walking shoes and be prepared to put a lot of steps on your fitbit each day!
Exploring the areas away from the tourist throng may give you some of your most memorable experiences of Venice. Don’t be afraid to take the time to visit surrounding islands. There is far more to Venice than what fronts the Grand Canal.
If you’re in the market for a souvenir from your travels, Venice is the perfect spot to find that special something. From beautiful glass blown treasures to fantastical masks created especially for Carnival, you’ll find a little something here to remember your visit by.
But don’t leave your visit too long. Venice is sinking by one to two millimeters each year!
So have you been to Venice? What did you think? What did you make a point of seeing while there?