Before visiting Venice I read countless articles about the best places to see, what the top restaurants where, and of course looked into some amazing spots to take some photos. I’m not sure how many hours I poured into planning our time in Venice but suffice to say that it was a lot! After our short time in Venice I walked away feeling like I really could have done with all of the blog posts that I had read. Why? Because here’s the best piece of advice when visiting Venice, Italy-
When we first arrived in Venice I had a long checklist of all the things I wanted to see like the Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, etc. The list goes on and on. So I pulled out my handy app (maps.me) that I had already previously pinpointed those specific sites on to get started! I used this strategy when we visited London and it had worked out great! We mapped out the best walking path so that we could fit in most of the sites within a couple of miles of walking….oh boy were we wrong! Venice is confusing! There are unexpected dead ends, roads that end up leading right back to the canal, etc… We walked in circles for a good part of the day.
We did finally make it to all the sites we wanted to see, with only a few extra miles added onto our journey (does this remind you of our biggest mistake we made in Paris)? The second day in Venice we decided to follow the best piece of advice that we were given….
Seems counter intuitive since the day before that’s exactly what we tried to avoid doing! But willing to try anything, we decided to do just that. BEST ADVICE EVER. We took turns giving out directions. When we got to a cross-road, we alternated choosing either right or left. We found secret passageways that we could barely squeeze through, when we ran into the canal we would just laugh instead of being frustrated, we took time to sit on bridges overlooking the lagoon. In short, we got lost.
This was the most magical day in Venice that we had. We met new friends who worked in small family owned mask shops who told us their stories and the process of making these masks. Don’t forget about the people watching…because honestly that’s one of the best things to do while on vacation. And of course we stopped a lot for delicious gelato and cicchetti! Ultimately, this ended up being our favorite day in Venice.
This is my advice for anyone traveling to Venice. I promise the most magical day will be spent getting lost.
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