Many people told me that Venice is a small place, which can easily be explored on foot in only a day. This is a complete lie. Maybe a day is fine if you’re only planning on going to the major tourist hotspots. But once you get off the beaten paths and start actually exploring the city, you start to realize just how enormous it is.
Bridge over a canal. Not sure where I was when I took this photo, I was already lost by this point.
Another gondolier. A simple half-hour ride in a gondola can cost around €80, and they’re marketed exclusively to tourists.
Piazza San Marco, the main public square in Venice. Part of the basilica was under construction while I was there.
Yep, I had to.
More gondolas docked along the waterfront.
Sheets drying on clotheslines are a common sight in the streets of Venice, once you get into the areas where locals actually live.
A man on his phone in the Jewish Ghetto. The ghetto in Venice originated the term.
Looking across towards the tower on San Giorgio.
More gondoliers along a crowded path.
A man walking his dog along one of the main pedestrian routes in Venice.
Alleyway scene near my hostel.
More random walkways, almost always empty.
Bridge over the canal, not far from the Jewish Ghetto.
Clothes hung out to dry over a canal.
The Bridge of Sighs, one of the most famous bridges in Venice.
Buildings along the waterfront in Castello, one of the six districts of Venice.
More buildings in Castello, along a canal.
Looking out towards the lagoon. Despite the fact that Venice is on the water, the temperature was actually pretty mild. Halfway between t-shirt and light jacket most of the time.
Pathway in a park in Castello.
Wisteria is often found on rooftop terraces in Venice, with its unmistakable purple flower.
The Grand Canal at night, not far from the train station.
The Ponte della Costituzione (or Ponte di Calatrava), a bridge over the Grand Canal, controversial at the time of its construction for its location and architectural style.
My favorite gelato shop in Venice. I’m pretty sure it was part of a chain, but I don’t care. I went to at least five different shops over the three days I was in Venice, and this was by-far the best, with the largest portion size.
This scoop was bigger than it looks, and was only €1,70! That’s still less than $2 with the conversion rate.