We decided quickly that Venice’s true enchantment comes from it being unlike any other city in the world. A place of canals and narrow streets and small & large squares, and so many various architectural bits and pieces. Around every corner you find something different.
With 4 and one half days to play about, we started by going to the local store to stock up on breakfast foods and night time snacks. Then we sat down for a mini feast before taking the bus to Venice to start our wandering. We were told by the flat owner, Fabio, and by other online travel bloggers, that the best way to see Venice is to get lost inside its labyrinthian streets.
When you have time, this IS the best way to see Venice: it doesn’t matter how many times you come across another little square, or down some alley that ends at a private door, or opens onto a canal with another bobbing gondola. You’ll eventually get to St Mark’s Square, and the Rialto Bridge, and The Grand Canal. But those are just three of the tourist-mobbed sites among thousands of other, more beautiful, more Italian, more Venitian places to see.
So with that all growing in out minds, we set out somewhere away from the prevailing path of tourists. Of course, very few places, or streets, in Venice are without tourists, but as long as we stayed off the cattle trails toward S.Marc’s & Rialto, we began to come across some beautiful buildings, unusual shop windows, and sedate canal-side coffee shops.