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Venice: Romance for the Masses

Venice is a beautiful city full of romantic spots and picturesque corners, and I am not the only one who thinks so. The city suffers from the masses of tourists walking and floating around every day. Look further and enjoy my photos and memories!

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About ten years ago I went for the first time with my wife (then girlfriend) to Venice for a few days. The two of us wandered around the city for hours, gazing at the beautiful old buildings and many canals. At the end of the day we were looking for a nice terrace for dinner. At first glance, the prices seemed not bad at all. But when the bill after a fine meal came, it showed that a bottle of house wine, some water and two cappuccinos were more expensive than the two menus of the day. Well, this is one of those tourist experiences that you can laugh about afterwards, as you could have expected it…

One day we saw in a design shop near the famous Rialto bridge a beautiful green fruit bowl, made ​​of the famous glass from the nearby island of Murano. Because this fruit bowl was quite large and heavy, we decided to buy it at the end of the day. Unfortunately, the owner had just closed down the shop for the day when we returned. He was about to walk away.

After a brief hesitation, we decided to throw in all our persuasion powers in Italian, English, and Dutch to still be able to buy that beautiful fruit bowl. Finally, the owner agreed to reopen the shop again if we would pay in cash. Luckily we could, so that Venetian fruit bowl is still on display in our living room.

A romantic boat trip by traditional gondola along the canals in Venice is an expensive way of transport now, which costs you around € 80 for half an hour. But if you are lucky, the gondolier sings a beautiful Italian aria for you. Fortunately, there are also many motorized boat lines for public transport, and if you know the way many attractions are easy to walk to.

Last summer we went during our vacation in Italy on a day trip to Venice, but this time with our family of four. You’ll soon notice that young children find those old buildings no longer very interesting pretty fast, and they get tired of walking in the crowds sometimes. Fortunately, an Italian ice cream can do miracles in those situations!

Around the biggest attractions there is always a buzzing crowd, and in the often narrow streets it is often pushing and jostling. But along the waterfront on the lagoon there is a little more space and views to enjoy during a stroll along the boats, with views of the islands in the distance. Then, it does not so feel so busy anymore…

If you really want to get away from the crowds, of course you can take a boat to one of the islands in the lagoon. We also made a day trip to Burano, characterized by the multicolored houses. There are also tourists there, but not large masses as in the Piazza San Marco.

For a romantic walk on the beach at sunset, there are also a number of beautiful beaches in the vicinity of Venice. There really is something for everyone, which also clarifies the appeal of this Italian city on the Adriatic Sea.

Photo by wesco

written by wesco and translated by wesco

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The original version of this article is written in: Nederlands.