St Mark’s Square
Looking back our photos from when we were in Italy, we ask ourselves: how did we go to Venice and NOT take a single photo of the tables which act as walkways when the tide comes in? The answer is simple, because we were busy taking photos of everything else around us.
It’s a city that is bound to get you pinching yourself and saying, “Can’t believe I’m here!” Venice, in every direction, is photogenic, even if it is a square full of pigeons: over-fed by tourists.
Walking through the over-crowded streets, the aim is almost to get lost rather than not to. Up and over those little bridges with gondolas gliding along the canals, it is just breath-taking (as cliche as it sounds, as cliche as it looks from the photographs and as cringeworthy as it is for us to write that). Venice is what it is and that is beautiful!
Everyone is entitled to their opinion about Venice and we’ve heard that its smelly, that its over-crowded and over-priced. Heck, call it a tourist trap! It’s a trap that we didn’t mind getting caught in.
Described by UNESCO as a “unique artistic achievement”, Venice was one of the greatest capitals in the medieval world. Built centuries ago, it took some incredible engineering and architectural design to build such a floating city that we still get to see today. We were so glad we decided to add Venice to our itinerary back in 2006, it’s one of those places that we would like to explore again in future. Maybe actually go on a gondola ride…
Have you visited Venice? What did you think?
Venice and its Lagoon was listed as a
UNESCO Heritage site in 1987.
To see the other UNESCO sites we have visited,
visit our unofficial bucket list