A City on Water: the Canals of Venice

Venice is world-renowned as the “floating city” or “city on water” with its signature waterways and canals. Naturally, I took many photos of these canals in my one short day there, enough pictures to command its own post! Won’t you come admire the canals of Venice with me?

A City on Water: the Canals of Venice
Not the best shot of Venice, I’ll admit, but it was my first one upon stepping foot on land! So I hold on to this pic more for sentimentality than anything else 🙂

Now seeing this was super exciting to me:

Venice Bridge of Sighs

That white bridge is the Bridge of Sighs which connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace. The name suggests that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells (Wiki). Now why would I be excited to see this bridge? Well, I first saw the Bridge of Sighs in Oxford – that’s right, they have their own replica! So when I found out that the real bridge was in Venice, I made it a point to see this structure for myself.

A City on Water: the Canals of Venice
Check out that gondola! Read what riding it is like in my post Time for a Gondola Ride!

Have you ever ridden a #gondola? New post up #ontheblog on what it’s like! #Venice #Italy #eurotrip2015

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Most of the canals were quite narrow, but not the Grand Canal!

A City on Water: the Canals of Venice

A City on Water: the Canals of Venice

It’s true that most of the walkways in the city were very narrow, just like the canals. Most of the time, I walked on one side of the road and there was just enough room for another person to walk in the opposite direction. Our guide told us it was important to stay close to the right side in case people in an emergency needed to rush by. There are no cars in the city at all!

A City on Water: the Canals of Venice

A City on Water: the Canals of Venice

A City on Water: the Canals of Venice
This was such a colorful street, my favorite one of them all!

The Venetian setting is truly like a fairytale. I can see why it’s deemed as one of Europe’s most romantic cities. However, what all these pictures do not show, are the HOARDS of tourists in the summer. So that was no fun. But according to Jordan, the best time to visit is in the spring when the crowds are much smaller. I’ll keep that in mind should I ever be so privileged to visit Venice again!

Have you been to Venice? When did you go? What was your favorite part?

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Canals and gondolas go hand in hand – here’s another fun read: Time for a Gondola Ride!