Venice was the port where I was supposed to boarding onto my Norwegian Jade cruise ship in 2016. It was a 7 day Adriatic and Greece Itinerary. So, I only got to really visit Venice for a day.
Venice was a city that I had only seen in travel shows and historical texts. I had always dreamt of visiting this beautiful and amazing city on water. Secretly, I really wanted to take a boat trip on those gorgeous gondolas. But, I knew those rides were cash grabbers and a touristy trap…..
Luckily, that day it was drizzling a little bit and the gondolier was offering a discount. I thought about it but it was still out of my travel budget. Then, another couple heard his offer and asked if we would like to go into the gondola together and split the cost! Perfect! So it costed us 50 Euros instead of 80 Euros! Still a bit pricey, but I was so happy!
The whole city was surrounded by water, so there were no cars at all. Literally, you had to travel by the Venice Ferry, Vaporetto or walk across multiple little bridges. The gondolier mentioned that many young families were leaving Venice because of the inconvenience of the tiny connecting bridges. Strollers had a lot of difficulties going up and down the little stairs.
‘Venice the “city of canals”, is the capital of the region of Veneto and of the province of Venice in Italy. It comprises of over 100 islands, many of them linked by bridges and the largest criss-crossed by blue-green canals to facilitate the endless traffic – all of it floating. Located in the Venetian lagoon, a large inlet on the Adriatic Sea, Venice was founded in 421 AD. From 1000 AD to about 1630 AD, it was a powerful maritime empire controlling the spice trade and ruled by a succession of toughminded, and sometimes bloody, Dukes – or Doges as they were called locally. The city’s incredible wealth found expression in gilded palaces and merchant villas lining the main thoroughfare, the Grand Canal. The personal wealth of the powerful enabled them to commission works from the finest Italian and foreign artists for the decoration of their palazzos, guild halls and churches. It is the legacy of this civil munificence which attracts art-lovers today.‘
——-Venice Ferry (Direct Ferries)
St. Mark’s Square
Walking around St. Mark’s Square, I was in awe of all the architectural designs in the square. Here’s of pigeons were flying and crowding around the visitors. The sky was a bit gray, but it didn’t rain hard on us.
“Piazza San Marco, often known in English as St Mark’s Square, is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as la Piazza. All other urban spaces in the city are called campi. The Piazzetta is an extension of the Piazza towards San Marco basin in its south east corner.” —–Wikipedia
St. Mark’s Cathedral was a part of Piazza San Marco. It was beautiful!
“The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, commonly known as St Mark’s Basilica, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. “—Wikipedia
Recently, Venice was on the world news because of the flooding that the city was facing. Even when I was there in 2017, the local guides reminded us that parts of the mansions and buildings on the banks were facing annual flooding already. They anticipated that in the future more and more building will be unfit for visits.
This beautiful historical city definitely needs to be cherished and protected for the future generations to come.