What first struck me during my visit was the lack of smell. I assumed and had heard due to pollution the canal waters were dirty and littered with discarded rubbish. I was pleasantly surprised to discover this wasn't the case at all. I definitely wouldn't want to fall in the water but there was nothing to detract from the beauty that surrounded me.
Getting lost in Venice is inevitable. Luckily for me Venice is by far my favourite city to get lost in! Each street is uniquely different and no matter how far you wonder you always seem to find your way back. Have fun exploring this maze on foot! You'll find trendy cafes, stunning architecture and Venetian mask stalls all in the most unexpected places.
Once you've explored the floating city by foot, be sure to discover it from within. Top of my bucket list, for good reason, was taking a ride on one of the the iconic Gondolas. Gliding through the canals is a breathtaking romantic moment that makes you fall madly in love with Italy! Drift under bridges and weave between quaint canals to discover a side of Venice that can only be experienced by water.
For some incredible sites spend your afternoon strolling through St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco). The history and architecture date back to the 9th century and is an integral meeting place for citizens and tourists as it is the largest open space in Venice. Make sure to watch out for Pigeons who flock the area in substancial numbers! I was treated to unexpected flooding during my time in St Mark's Square last September. If it's raining don't forget your gumboots or you'll soon find yourself knee deep in water! Incredibly the water actually rises through the pavements.
Slowly but surely it's important to remember that this incredible city is sinking an estimated 2 cms per year. Be sure to discover the old-fashioned charm of Venice before it disappears before your eyes.