The floating city of Venice
I always want to visit Venice ever since I was a little kid. The movies, the stories I’ve heard about this city slowly build a wonderful vision about a masquerade on a floating magical land with fireworks and beautiful fancy dresses. So finally I had the chance to go to Venice with my parents after my graduation. I was so excited.
It was difficult to find a nice hotel with a cheap price though, because every hotel in venice is much more expensive in comparison with hotels in other cities in Italy. Fortunately my special someone found us a hotel 20 minutes walk from Piazza san Marco. The room itself is not very good, it was located in the third floor, and the building has a lift so it was ok. The problem is, only little water is running from the tap. Overall, it was suffiecient to stay for one night considering the breakfast was nice.
The city itself is very wonderful, you can walk all the way from the train station if you do not carry a lot of luggage. Otherwise, you can take a water bus to your hotel. The ticket for the water bus is quite expensive, it is almost the same price as the shuttle bus of the Treviso airport which costs 7€ for one way trip. From the water bus you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Canal Grande and the crowded traffic in it.
There are a lot of restaurants and cafe near the Piazza san Marco, and in most of the restaurant you have to pay for the table and service fees. But there are also a few restaurant that includes these fees to the food prices, so you don’t have to pay extra. The visit to the Palazzo Ducale must be very interesting as well, but at the time we were there, there were much too much people qeueing outside, and we did not have the patience and time to stand in line outside for unknown time, since we only stayed 2 days and 1 night in Venice.
Maybe it’s okay to skip the Palace, but you should really take the chance to ride a gondola. It costs about 50€ per boat if I’m not mistaken. But you have never been in Venice if you have not ride the Gondola. If you want to see the masquerade, you should come sometime in February. It will be extremely crowded, but trust me, it will be worthed.
This city is so wonderful, it totally lives up my expectation. The atmosphere, the sound of the water, the elegant decay, all giving majestic and romantic feeling. Esspecially in the morning when we arrived, the fog was so thick, made the foreign city looked a little bit misterious. A short drizzling rain added somehow laid back relaxing mood to the environment. In contrast, the colorful building and the eyecathing masquerade masks were just keep inviting to explore undiscovered small paths of the floating city.
In the Winter, Venice is like an abandoned theater. The play is finished, but the echoes remain -A.Blatas