Another day another adventure! My latest day trip took me to Venezia, which is also known as the “City of Bridges”. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to go on a romantic gondola ride. But, I did get to explore the beautiful city, small streets, and Piazza San Marco which was filled with lots of tourists.
When Adriana, Allie, Megan, and I first arrived in Venice, we crossed the Great Canal and followed signs heading straight for Piazza San Marco. By following the signs on the buildings, we were able to find our way through the much smaller streets and less tourist filled areas all the way to the piazza. I loved all the little streets and bridges, and I felt like I really got to see the city better.
Piazza San Marco was so crowded! There were large tour groups everywhere, vendor carts filled with souvenirs, and of course plenty of locals. Although we were unable to explore inside the Basilica, we took our time enjoying the beauty of the architecture, and relaxed in the piazza for a while. It was a bit too crowded for us though, so we decided to start making our way back through the small streets towards the train station.
While I loved walking through the city and trying to find my way, I also learned that asking for directions and help was very important. We had been able to find the piazza because of all the signs, but making our way back was much harder. We didn’t follow the same streets, and ended up getting a bit lost. We asked someone for directions, and how to buy tickets for the water taxis.
If we hadn’t asked, we would have ended up walking for almost two more hours back to the station and would have missed our train back home! Thank goodness for those water taxis and helpful Italians giving us directions. I appreciated the boat ride, it was a great break from all the walking we had done and we got to see more of the city from a different perspective.
Venice was absolutely beautiful, and I had a fantastic time wandering around the city. For me, spending just one day in the city was enough. I would definitely go back for a gondola ride though! But I will for sure keep in mind anywhere I travel, that asking for directions will always be a good idea. Thanks to Venezia and all its confusing streets, I’ve learned a lot about the necessity of maps, and good friends to get lost with!