Floating Around

Nothing screams a gamble more than planning a fall trip to Venice in advance; the weather this time of year in Italy is so unpredictable. But a gamble is what I took, and it paid off.

With a sporadic 50% chance of showers in the forecast, I was on my way to the sinking city for the day. With rain boots on and so much hope in my mind that I left behind my umbrella, I looked up at the semi-promising blue sky and started my adventure. As the day went on the sun came out, illuminating the vibrant colors Venice is known for, and it could not have been more of a perfect day.

Teal Waters
Teal Waters

Boarding the water taxi, I was able to take in what I had only seen in pictures. Despite the chilly temperature, the teal water was picturesque, and going down the canals left me feeling as if I was in a movie. Arriving in the heart of the city, I got off of the boat and found myself in the middle of Piazza San Marco. The gold covered Basilica and the Doge Palace are the main landmarks of the piazza. It has served as a hub for innovation, art, and history since the 9th century.

Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco

Venice, among many things, is famous for the craft of glass blowing. This luxury art has been around since the 14th century. The craftsman is given a short window of time to be able to work with the heated glass before it cools. Working quickly and meticulously, the craftsman created a horse right in front of my eyes. Glassware, jewelry, paperweights, and everything in between are locally produced on the small Island of Murano.

Glass Blowing Demonstration
Glass Blowing Demonstration

Seafood is the cuisine specialty of Venice, so that’s something I could quickly get used to. I ordered a bowl of mussels cooked in a wine and butter broth and can truly say they were the juiciest I’ve ever had. To accompany my delicious meal from under the sea, I ordered myself a Spritz; another Venetian specialty. Prosecco, bitter liquor, and sparkling water all factor into this refreshing drink.

Venice Cuisine
Venice Cuisine; Mussels & Spritz

A day trip isn’t complete without a gondola ride. Get a group of friends together to split the tourist bill that comes along with it. If you’re lucky, your gondolier will serenade you as you float down the canals. Sit back and enjoy the calming lull of the ride and take in the silence of the winding paths. With the doorsteps completely underwater, it gives a new perspective into the flooding season Venice experiences annually. The gondola itself is an impressive work of art and vital piece of history to the city.

Gondola Ride
Gondola Ride

Venice is known as one of the most expensive places to visit, and it has its justified reasons. The only mode of transportation is boat or foot (when bridges are available). This causes the value of all goods and supplies to skyrocket. Food, lodging, and everything in between is priced higher due to the extensive routine suppliers go through to keep up with daily stock. The prices are so high, in fact, that only celebrities and the elite live on the main Venetian islands; all other residents live on the surrounding islands. With that in mind, the factor of money should not steer you away from experiencing the colorful sinking city for yourself.  Venice is the ideal city for all ages of travelers to enjoy together; there’s truly something for everyone!

Onward!

Gillian

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