If I mentioned to you Venice what would be your first thought? Gondolas perhaps or pigeons maybe? St. Mark’s square, romance, beautiful hotels?
Every time I visit this city I get overwhelmed by a mixture of feelings and one of them is certainly nostalgia.
Venice is unique in the world for its charm: the place feels so mystical that as you walk through the darkness of the alleyways (the “canali”) and you get a whiff of that strong musty smell of stagnant water you can almost certainly expect to see a ghost hanging in there..there are many who claim to have heard the sighs and the moans of the convicts being led to their cells through the Bridge of Sighs…
Venice is flooded with tourists all around the year The Rialto market in Venice.. a must-see if you love food(infact this is the only traffic you will find as there are no cars on the roads) so much that sometimes it cannot cope as the city itself is not that big. On a sunny day you can often find ten of thousands of tourists walking around the city.
A place that I love in Venice is the Rialto fish and vegetable market always very popular with tourists but also with the locals.
A particularly busy time of the year is carnival which ends with the Christian celebration of Lent on Shrove Tuesday. This is a fantastic time to visit the city (if you can cope with huge crowds of course!): there are masks everywhere wearing fancy dresses and some are truly magnificent: it is like re-living the 18th century in Venice.
Walking from the station you can easily reach St. Marks square which is the only square in Venice as the rest are known as “campo.”
This square is simply magnificent and it is considered one of the finest in the world. On the square you will find the famous “Basilica di San Marco” with its belltower or “campanile”.
All around the canali of Venice you will find the gondolas which these days are only there for tourists. If you lived in Venice you would have your own little boat too to go by around the city. During Venice’s golden times the aristocracy embraced gondolas as a form of transportation when horses were outlawed from the streets of Venice.
Having a ride on a gondola is certainly very romantic.
This man seemed to love having pigeons all over him.. not sure I’d fancy that myself!
In St. Marks square you will find “The Florian Cafe'” considered to be the oldest Cafe’ in Europe; it was first opened in 1720 by Floriano Francesconi and named “Triumphant Venice” which was then changed to “Caffè Florian” after the name of its owner.
This place witnessed the splendour and fall of the Serenissima Republic of Venice and had many important people visiting over the years.
What’s interesting about this place is that this Cafe’ was the only one that admitted women, which is why Casanova chose it as his “hunting ground” in order to find new female companions.
Whilst walking around I spotted this man in a shop window making Tiramisu‘.. he spotted me drooling over it.. but I could’t help it.. could you?
This dessert typical from the Veneto region is just simply so irresistible!
Venice offers a variety of biscuits and pastries, so don’t forget to look for them too if you visit.
And of course if you fancy a romantic weekend there is nothing like a weekend in Venice to celebrate new love or an established one too.. because Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world!
16 thoughts on “Venice: Mistery, Beauty and Love”
Really beautiful pictures Alida!
BTW always I think Venice is mystery and beauty!!
Venezia è sempre incantevole, mi hai messo voglia di ritornarci, splendide foto Alida !Un abbraccio
I love Venezia and have been many times there, summer and winter. The atmosphere there is unique, unfortunately during the summer months there are too many tourists around….but then I escape to the Lido ❤️❤️❤️
I know Venice it is so full of tourists. I usually like to visit in October when the weather is still good and there are slightly less people.
The only thing on my bucket list is to go to Italy.
Oh you must!
Superb post and photos Alida, smiling as I read it and remembering just how unique Venice is. It is truly magical. I hope to return one day maybe for the carnival, dressed up as a Venetian lady of course 🙂
I know Venice is Venice isn’t. You can never get bored of it!
Che bella Venezia, molto affascinante e caratteristica, merita di essere visitata! Grazie per le belle foto, un bacione cara!
Venice is such a beautiful city. It is years since I went there, but seeing your photos makes me want to go back x
Thanks Kate x
I am so happy I discovered your site!
I will be visiting Venice this August and will definitely follow your suggestions! Oh and I can’t wait to try your recipes!
Have a great day!
Thanks Sylvie for your lovely message 🙂 You will love Venice I promise! All the best xx
Alida, I enjoy your column and writing so much. We are going to be in Venice in September, Do you have a favorite restaurant?
Thank you Paula, I am pleased you enjoyed the article. Unfortunately I cannot recommend you a specific restaurant in Venice. I would say that most restaurants do nice food there. I had delicious seafood meals as well as really nice pizzas and pastas. Have a lovely holiday!