Colors of Venice

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.

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Narrow canal with Christmas lights

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.

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Venetian mask in a store window

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.

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Murano glass sculpture in Murano island

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.

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Laura wanted to see the views

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.

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Murano glass balls

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.

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Coloured pasta in a store window

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.

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San Marco square with its Campanile seen from the San Giorgio Maggiore Church
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17 thoughts on “Colors of Venice”

  1. I have been to Venice twice. Those two visits have been in July so, you can imagine how full it was. And, that was many years ago. I do not want to think how it is now in summer. I can use some of that winter peace and quietness. Would love to walk around without worrying about the crowds. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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    1. Yes! I am sure this book store must be in some tourist guides but it wasn’t in ours. Definitely it is a worthy place. However, I hope it remains unknown for most of the people, so it can mantain its uniqueness and it can be a game for tourists to find it. Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

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  2. I loved Venice and I went in the summer when it was crowded. It’s definitely a place I want to go back to and I think you have the right idea of going in the winter. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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    1. Definitely it was not crowded the first week of January. However, I am sure that one week before, for New Year’s Eve it was impossible to book a room in the city. We always try to avoid crowds haha Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

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