Venice

The City of Canals. The City of Masks. The City of Water. The Floating City. Queen of the Adriatic. Serenissima. These are just a few of Venice’s many names, all of which describe the unforgettable and one of a kind city in Italy. The twisting and turning alleys lead you to picture perfect canals, and the seemingly untouched architecture, bridges, and churches is what makes this place so special. Made up of over 100 islands, Venice is best seen by boat or on foot (since no cars are allowed) and with thousands of vantage points, theres no such thing as a bad view.

Sandra has been traveling the world for the last few years and discovered that Venice lives up to its high expectations. Visiting the city during the slow, winter season worked in her favor, and she spent most of her time wandering around the streets with her camera in hand. This is what Sandra had to say about her experience in Venice…

“During the latest three years, I have been traveled more than 10 cities in Asia and Europe. Since my free time is limited, I normally make the trip to one city at a time and I only spend about 2-3 days in each city. Sounds not enough? For me, it is quite sufficient because I always have the trip planned in advance and also thanks to the technology that I can find every place I want to go in one second through internet.”

“This January I took a 3 day trip to Venice, Italy. It is in Northeastern Italy  and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges, of which there are 400. Since it was the down season, I had a good deal on the flight ticket and hotel. Luckily, the weather was smooth and sunny during my stay.”

“The amazing journey all began when the flight landed in the airport Marco Polo di Tessera (VCE). There is no taxi, shuttle bus or subway waiting outside the airport to take tourists into the city. The only method to get to the center is to take the boat (water bus), and there are beautiful views all around during the entire voyage.”

“In every journey, I always hold my camera in hand to capture every place where I have passed, every moment that I have been and every person whom I have met. For me, people are the most beautiful scenery, so I always take the photos with the movement of people.”  

“In Venice, you don’t see any kind of transportation except gondolas and boats. Inside the city, there are countless canals, streets, alleys and numerous bridges connecting altogether. I think that this unique and picturesque view only can be found in Venice.” 

“It was an incredible feeling to see the beautifully crafted gondolas passing through the canals, and I also liked to look at the well-dressed gondoliers working and chatting with customers. When the sunlight passes through the buildings and reaches the canal, it creates the perfect reflection. It was a magnificent moment. I was happy to be there to capture this precious scene.”  

“On the streets, there are many lovely stores selling famous carnival masks. It is fun to try one and take some home for decoration. Every year around the end of January, it is time for the well-known Venice Carnival, there are many celebrations and masquerade parades on the streets and the canals. If you have the chance to visit this city during the festival, I bet that you will have an unforgettable experience.” 

“I was also attracted to the old houses and old buildings which the façades are timeworn but show a unique and exquisite old-time charm. It was quite tranquil at night and the city presents a different and mysterious atmosphere by dim street lighting and blurry water reflection. Taking a walk along the canals without crowd and noise, it was like wandering through another planet. Venice, a magical city has all fantastic tourist features and lets people desire to go back and visit it again.”  

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Our TC tips for Venice: must see spots include a visit to Piazza San Marco, the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Rialto Bridge, Bridge of Sighs, and the Grand Canal. And if you have the time, take a gondola ride and a day trip to Murano!

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