Snapshots: Venice

So this concludes my series of posts on Venice! Come explore more of this beautiful little city with me:

Snapshots: Venice
Arriving from the lagoon (since I stayed in Cavallino)
Snapshots: Venice
As was everyone else! I’m telling you, the number of summer tourists was insane.

Snapshots: Venice

Our guide showed us a “hidden” gem in the city, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo – a small palace that was one of the homes of the Contarini family. Well, wouldn’t I like a “small palace” some day…

Spiral Staircase Venice
Made famous by its spiral staircase! Architect Giovanni Candi built it in the 15th century. Closed to the public, boo 🙁

Snapshots: Venice

Snapshots: Venice
I forget why I took a pic of those statues on top of the roofs, but admire them with me anyway, would you?
Venice Clocktower
Standing on the Mercerie (shopping area) side of the clock tower – walk under to reach the ever popular Piazza San Marco

Just came out of a Murano Glass Blowing Demonstration

And ready to go on a Gondola Ride, woohoo!

On the way to finding lunch:

Snapshots: Venice
Clothes drying on a clothesline outside make me feel so happy. Throwback to simpler times, huh?

Found it!

Venice Pizza

But I wasn’t used to Venetian pizza being so thin. Sorry, Chicago deep-dish beats this!

Oh, and of course I had to follow up with gelato.

Venice Gelato

Signs of glass handiwork were everywhere! And they should be shown off, as the craftsmen are very talented. If you’re curious, read more about this process in Murano Glass Blowing Demonstration in Venice.

Venice Murano Glass

After lunch, I stopped by Rialto Market, but most of the stalls were closed in the afternoon. Eh, I bought some remaining cherries anyway and ate them sitting by the Grand Canal. Only to see this excited dog jump to the front of the boat:

Venice Grand Canal
I only had a split second to capture this moment!

Everywhere I went, there was a bridge. I really underestimated the number of them in this city!

Standing on a bridge outside Rialto Market
Standing on another bridge (Rialto Bridge, maybe?)

I wandered into a very cool bookstore, Libreria Acqua Alta di Frizzo Luigi, next.

Libreria Acqua Alta di Frizzo Luigi, Venice

Could you tell that these books were all piled inside an old gondola?

Libreria Acqua Alta di Frizzo Luigi, Venice

Libreria Acqua Alta di Frizzo Luigi, Venice

And the coolest part was the staircase made of books behind the shop where visitors could catch a “wonderful view:”

A bit more of a walk and I stood in front of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, one of the largest churches in the city.

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice

Now, I actually don’t remember much of what it looked like inside, but I do remember wandering (accidentally) into a hospital! That’s right, the basilica is adjacent to Ospedale SS. Giovanni e Paolo. So, the signs displaying vaguely-looking medical words made sense after all this dawned on me.

Snapshots: Venice

Soon, it was time for me to head back. But along the way, I stopped and took a few more photos…

Venice Gondolier
Omg, he looked so bored I could not NOT take a photo of this guy!

And one more fun fact worth mentioning: Venice is home to one of the biggest Carnival celebrations in the world! Only second to Rio (I think)! I had no idea!

Venice Carnival Masks
As a result, beautiful masks could be found everywhere along the streets.

I think Venice has been so over-romanticized that I had unreal expectations going into city. No one tells you how many tourists crowd the streets, about the dirty canal water, and how small the city actually is. The population has dwindled down to some 56,000 locals, and I can’t blame them. Venice is a tourist’s paradise but actually felt like a small midwest town to me, where everyone knows everyone’s secrets and only a handful of job opportunities are left. Our guide told us that many of the friends she grew up with moved out to seek more opportunities because tourism is the main industry in the city. I truly appreciated my time in Venice, but I felt that it was so overrun by tourists that I missed out on a chance to truly experience its local culture.

What do you think about Venice? Are you gonna visit it before it sinks?! I say go – before it turns into a museum city.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Read some more: A City on Water: the Canals of Venice

  • Stefanie Meier

    Goodness the architecture looks absolutely amazing there!

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  • That dog on the gondola is seriously so cute, and he gelato looks delicious! Even though it’s overrun with tourists I still think I’d want to visit Venice because I feel like it’s just one of those quintessential Italian cities you have to visit.

    • Haha thanks! Oh yeah it’s still a great city to visit. Summer is probably not the best season to do it though, if you don’t want to be overrun by tourists.

  • I enjoyed Venice but found it so touristy that it seemed like we were in a section of Disneyland or something. My hubby and I were happy to see the important “touristy” things like St. Marks but we were very glad we walked off the beaten path and saw some of the residential areas of Venice, the back streets and quiet piazzas.

    • So glad I’m not the only one who felt that way. I wish I had more time to walk off the beaten path! Do you remember which areas/neighborhoods you ended up in?

  • Venice seriously has such stunning architecture! It just feels like it’s from another time!

  • Kim

    Ahhhhh that spiral staircase is beautiful!! <3
    I would love to see the view from there! Why don’t they make spiral staircases like that these days?!