When people think of Venice they automatically think of canals and gondolas, as did I. I couldn’t visit Venice without taking a ride in a gondola to explore the city via the many 150 narrow canals. It’s a wonder how the gondolier navigates his was through the maze of canals in the city. They all look so similar. Although the water wasn’t as turquoise as I imagined (or had seen on T.V.– darn editing!), it was still beautiful to explore Venice by water. The main forms of transportation in Venice are by foot and boats (no cars allowed in the city of Venice), including water taxis and the popular vaporetto. Floating by one of the 4 main bridges which cross over the grand canal is the most Venetian experience you can get.
I still can’t believe that I made it to the floating city of Venice which was miraculously built across 117 tiny islands (lets just hope it doesn’t sink anytime soon). Throughout the leisurely tour, I passed by small shops showcasing Venetian masks, Venetian lace, and traditional Murano glass in their windows. Passing under some of Venice’s 400 bridges lead me to pass by happy customers enjoying a pizza and pasta at the small local Italian restaurants dotting the many canals in the city. I kept snapping pictures while passing under the low bridges and passing skinny horizontal canals. No matter in what direction I looked, small canal entrances could be seen. If I had to find my way out I wouldn’t know where to begin.
My Venetian ride is as Venetian as it gets.