The first moment I laid my eyes on the city, I could not help but utter a loud “wow”. It just took my breath away.
Venezia was exactly what I imagined it to be – picturesque and romantic.
The canals that never seem to end. The colorful buildings that show a lot of character. The bridges that display so much heritage. The gondolas that exude romance.
I was just in awe, and was too happy to finally be in one of my dream cities.
Unfortunately though, we only had six hours to discover the area. E has been there many times, so he acted as my tour guide. But his advice – while we tick off the “must-see’s”, we also must be open to just getting lost in the little alleys.
And that’s exactly what we did.
Venezia is truly magical and picture-perfect!
Boats are the city's main mode of transportation. How cool is that!
The alley - water version.
The alley - cement version. Lol.
A gondola definitely stands out in a canal-filled with the usual boats.
The Rialto Bridge is one of the many bridges that span around the city.
Taking in the breathtaking view of the canal + colorful buildings from the Rialto Bridge.
Venezia is also known as the City of Masks. Their annual Carnivale is definitely a must-do for me now - should be one festive and beautiful sight with all the costumes + masks!
La Piazza, Piazza San Marco, is the central square. It is packed with so much
action (read: crowd) as it has the Basilica + cafes + shops.
The Basilica has gold around mosaics and an opulent design.
Definitely worthy of its nickname Chiesa d’Oro (Church of Gold).
Venezia living – somehow, the clothesline seems pretty against these buildings. Lol.
A glimpse of the Basillica di Santa Maria della Salute.
One of the more iconic masterpieces Venezia is known for.
Of course, like any touristy city - a mime has to be there!
It was crowded and noisy, but he is just happily taking it all in.
Spot the people-watching nono! Lol.
My first time to see the zucchini flowers...which apparently can only be found in Italy!
A quick visit to the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal.
Perfect place to rest my uber tired legs! Lol.
The colorful buildings + canal are the perfect backdrop!
...for another romantic ride!
I shall be back, Venezia. Our love affair definitely deserves more than six hours!
Grazie mille, amore mio! Definitely, the best tour guide. :))