Two weeks ago we went to Venice. As every year we organize a winter trip and considering how crowded is Venice the rest of the year, we thought it would be a fantastic option. We visited the city without doing any queue in any tourist hotspot and we could see and take photos of San Marco square with no tourists in it! No cruises, cold and humit air and a special atmosphere full of mistery and romance among the winter mist of the lagoon is what we found. Put an extra ingredient: Christmas Time.
We took over 800 photos in three days and we cannot share all of them, but we have decided to show in this post something that surprised us in this travel: the colors. Venice in winter is usually surrounded by mist due too the humidity of the lagoon and the cold air that gets stuck there. So, misty and cloudy sounds like our photos should be all grey. But not, colors are found everywhere.
There are two things you can do in Venice and won’t cost you extra money. These two activities are, in our opinion, the first two must-do activities in the city: crossing the Grand Canal with a Vaporetto, the typical public transport in Venice, and getting lost among the canals, narrow streets and lovely bridges.
The bus from the airport took us to Piazzale Roma, the main entrance to the city. From there we took the Vaporetto number 2 towards San Marco square. So yes, the first thing we did was to navigate all the Grand Canal. And after that, we went for lunch and got lost in the narrow streets. And by getting lost we did one of the best discoveries in our trip, we found a book store full of old books in a street not wider than a person. The book store was like a labyrinth with the books inside a bathtub, in a gondola and in their backyard, where they are hit by the rain and the humidity of the canal behind the wall. Actually, they are used as steps of an improvised stair towards an observatory deck with views to the beautiful canal.
And colors are also found in Burano where every house is painted in a different color, as you can see in the top photo of this post. Burano is one of the 4 islands you have to visit in the lagoon if you want to leave Venice with a good idea of what it is. Prepare your bucket list: Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello.
Venice: The masterpiece.
Murano: Industrial appearance and home of the Murano glass.
Burano: Small coloured village.
Torcello: The rural Venice with the most beautiful gold pantocrator in the world in the Santa Maria Assunta basilica.
And of course, never leave an Italian city without eating pasta and pizza! In Venice it is also typical to mix the pasta with fish and seafood. In a future post we will recommend some special restaurants to eat. It can be done for a good price if you know where to go.
Now we know why Venice is so famous. We left the city saying: “This is the most beautiful city we’ve ever been to”. Yes, probably the most beautiful city of the world.