Ah Venice…

Opinions on Venice are pretty polarized. You love it or you hate it. For those who don’t care for Venice, it might be because it is expensive, hard to navigate, and riddled with tourists. Or maybe it is because Venice is so over-the-top that it feels like it might be a fabricated spectacle designed to draw tourists in and take their money, like Las Vegas or Disneyworld. But when you stop to think about it, Venice wasn’t created to be a spectacle, it has a rich history and way of life that predates its current reputation as a travel destination. People actually lived here and lived this way for over a thousand years! I was so awestruck by that sentiment that I quickly looked past all of the aforementioned and fell in love with Venice.

The city and its history is romantic in every sense of the word, not just sensual or sentimental but passionate, idealistic, and even fatalistic. To think that Venice emerged from a collection of refugees who not only had to create real estate in an uninhabitable marsh but create wealth, with no natural resources, to become one of the most wealthy and powerful republics in history with an equally sophisticated government. The end result of which, is a beautiful city that appears to float on the water. That is truly romantic.

Meet our gondolier, Fabio. My advice to anyone visiting (echoed from my friends Ta and Hannah), take a gondola ride. You really have not seen Venice until you have seen it from this perspective. Don’t think about the price, just do it. The gondoliers take pride in what they do and are part of a rich tradition. Gondolas are still passed down from father to son.

I love this shot. Makes me think of the Good Fellas bar scene but in a Gondola 😉

Love this woman.

I’m really pleased with the layers and composition of this shot. The three main modes of transportation can be seen here: gondola, water taxi, and water bus. This was taken just east of Piazza San Marco facing south toward Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore.

Getting lost in Venice will happen. House numbers aren’t sequential and there are no straight streets. Embrace it and wander. It’s more fun that way.

Random alley. They all look so perfect. This photo was stitched together from 4 shots.

Piazza San Marco with Basilica di San Marco in the Background. Legend has it that St. Mark’s body was stolen and smuggled into venice to strengthen its political reputation and to establish it as a center for commerce.

Glass blowing in Murano.

Ponti di Rialto as seen from the crowded Vaporetto, or water bus. Vaporetti are the most economical way to travel in Venice. I highly recommend getting a multi-day pass.

 

Leanne - Jenny let pigeons use her as a branch! brave! great pictures!

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