"Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go." Truman Capote
During my visit to Florence Italy last week I took the fast train for a day trip to Venice. This was my first time riding the fast train. I did like it, but I'm not sure I like it more than flying. It was nice seeing the scenery along the way. The only drawback is it takes a little longer because obviously it doesn't go as fast as a plane and it stops along the way to pick up and drop off people. We stopped four times between Florence and Venice.
Getting to see Venice in person was really incredible! it's amazing to see a city in the water. Venice is known to be sinking. This is not something new. Venice has been sinking over the years and reinforcements have had to be placed under the buildings. Venice is often been referred to as elegant decay.
The Grand Canal is their Highway. There are no cars only boats of one type or another. Their ambulances are boats, their police ride around in boats, and the mail is delivered by boats. Another thing that I was surprised to learn is they speak Venetian in Venice which is nothing like Italian.
While I was there it did rain for part of the day. I will say that I recommend to anyone visiting Venice to try and go on a sunny day. It's a lot more beautiful in the sun in my opinion. I would like to go back again someday and spend a night!
Below are some photos of the Basilica San Marco which is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. It is under construction in these photos which is understandable since it's more than 600 years old :)
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This photo is not crooked. This is a well known leaning building that was built in 1400.
There are streets without water on them, but NO cars.
"I don't want to be in my car all day. I love getting up in the morning in Venice and walking my dogs down to the cafe to get my tea, and then perhaps going to a bookstore and sitting and reading, then walking to the beach"
There are many stores that sell some very colorful souvenirs. I wanted to buy one of the beautful masks, but most of the ones I liked were about 50 euros or $75 USD and I didn't think it would survive the journey home in my typically overweight luggage.
No Walmarts in Venice, but many beautiful farmers markets :)
It takes five years to study and or practice to be a gondolier. The least expensive gondola costs more than 30,000 euros or about $45,000 USD.
The busiest time in Venice is June through August. Even though I was there in April, most of the streets were very crowded like in the photo below:
This would be where people park their cars boats:
This is a well known building that belonged to a wealthy family. There is a spiral stair case going up the tower.
"Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water."
Thank you so much for stopping by. I will leave you with a very brief video taken while I was watching the traffic in one of the canals. I hope you all have a wonderful week!