Oh, Venice…there’s almost too much to say about this incredible, unique city. The history you feel as you’re walking down the crowded, narrow streets is basically indescribable. Pictures could never do it justice. Still, I’m going to show ya’ll some pictures I snapped to try and relay the beauty of the city. While I’m at it, here’s 4 things you HAVE TO do while you’re there. I swear, you won’t regret it.
There is so much history at Doge’s Palace in Venice. It’s tangible as you walk across the Bridge of Sighs and through the prison cells. You can feel it as you run your hands across the palace walls. Just thinking of all of the history that was made there gives me goosebumps, even now. In case you didn’t know, like I didn’t until I went there – Doge’s Palace is basically the place where the high and mighty political figures lived back in the Venetian heyday (aka when it was the Republic of Venice). The Doge was the head honcho back then. They held trials, had political meetings, and even housed the prisoners at the palace. I know, I don’t think that was a very wise move on their part either. It’s like they said, “Oh, I know! Let’s keep all of the criminals right next to our most important leader. Nothing could go wrong!” Now, I don’t know if that was the actual thought process or if there was even any scandal involving an escaped
axe-murdering sword-wielding prisoner (because I don’t know if axe-murdering was a thing back then, but they definitely were all about the swords)…all I’m saying is, that maybe someone didn’t quite think that one through. But no one asked me, so moving on. Doge’s Palace is a definite must-see in Venice. You can wander around the whole palace and take in the history. There are original fresca paintings, humongous rooms to walk through, and prison chambers. I mean, what more could any explorer need?
In case anyone was curious – YES, you can make “gondola” into a verb. Now, spelling that word is somewhat difficult, but just say it out loud and it will make a lot more sense. If anyone is confused on the meaning of said word, it’s quite simple: to gondola like a pro. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a good gondolier that may even whistle a tune for you. Honestly, the feeling you get while riding through the canals of Venice is a once in a lifetime kind of feeling. You’re surrounding by incredible architecture, and everything is quiet except for the lap of the water around you and the occasional whistling or whisper from your gondoliering partners. Another plus is that it’s the perfect time to get some pictures of the buildings! There are no other annoying as heck tourists in your way. Plus, you can’t go to Venice without getting a selfie on a gondola, let’s get real.
Have you even been to Italy if you haven’t tried authentic gelato? Side note…we had an Italian yell at us because apparently us lame Americans pronounce ge-la-to wrong? Just ask an Italian, maybe they can tell you the correct pronunciation because I’m going to stick with my gringo ways. Now, this is going to be hard to describe and you guys are going to hate me because Venice is a legitimate maze and I can’t tell you how to get there. BUT. You have to walk around until you find the Oreo gelato. YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY. It was the best gelato I have had to date. I don’t believe that anything will every compare.
The small, maze-like streets transport you into another world. Little alleyways randomly connect and will take you into a completely new part of the city. Once you feel like maybe you know where you’re at and which direction you’re going, there’s a new little street waiting for you to explore. The hardest part is letting yourself relax and wander without worrying about where you’ll end up or how you’ll get back. Sure, maybe some creep-o street vendor will try to get your attention, but the city is so busy that you’ll almost never be alone. So, embrace the freedom and the city, and let yourself wander!
So, there ya have it, folks! It may not be a full itinerary, but these few things will get you off to a great start on your Venetian adventure. Comment below and let me know what your absolute fav thing to do in Venice is!