Venice, Italy

— so many things come to mind upon hearing the name of this beautiful, unique and, of course, romantic city. Stretching across 117 tiny islands intertwined with 177 canals and lying adjacent to the Adriatic Sea, Venice is known for its winding waterways rather than roads, gondolas maneuvered by men in striped shirts with straw hats, and a musical reputation boasting Vivaldi as one of the locals.

But is Venice really as charming as it’s said to be? The best way to find out is to take a walk down a narrow footpath alongside one of the canals, wander through the street markets, watch the gondolas (and even take a ride if you’ve got deep enough pockets!) and have some delicious Italian food and a glass of wine at one of the outdoor cafes. For travelers on a budget, Venice

is extremely accessible. Affordable hostels are not hard to find, and the numerous sidewalk pizzerias serve amazing (giant) pieces of pizza for very reasonable prices, as well as sandwiches and tasty gelato that won’t deplete your travel funds.

Vendor in Venice
Vendors start setting up shop early in Campo Santa Margherita, the quaint little piazza where our hostel, Antico Capone, is located. Here, a fishmonger prepares the day’s catch. Fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and flowers are brought daily to be sold to locals and tourists alike. Competition means that the prices are very reasonable and the quality is excellent.
Old buildings in Venice, Italy
While riding in one of the waterbuses (vaporetti), it is possible to get a great view of Venice's amazing architecture. The foundations of the buildings rest on piles of petrified wood which don't decay when submerged in the water.
Piazza San Marco
The vaporetti takes us to Saint Mark’s Basin, just in front of Piazza San Marco, the principal piazza in Venice, where the Doge’s Palace is located.
Gondola Venice
Gondoliers such as this one are everywhere, all in the typical dress— black pants, a blue and white striped shirt, and a straw hat with a red ribbon. Gondolas are only used by tourists these days and never by the locals. The reason is probably the price — a minimum of $80 USD per hour, per person!
Casanova in Venice
A view from inside Giacomo Casanova’s gloomy prison cell in the Doge’s Palace. Casanova, who is said to have been quite tall (over 6 ft), must have had a hard time in this tiny cell, which is only 5ft high. Although the exact truth may never be fully known, his memoirs include a detailed account of his stay here and of his eventual escape.
Street vendor Venice, Italy
The streets surrounding the Doge's Palace are lined with restaurants, shops, and vendors. Street vendors such as this one sell the same range of typical touristy items -- sometimes more interesting items can be found inside the shops.
Handcrafted items Venice, Italy
A look inside one of the many shops bordering the busy streets may bring some interesting finds. For a unique souvenir, shops such as this one offer custom, personalized, handcrafted items that can be made quickly and for a reasonable price.
Everyday life in Venice
The quaint little paths between the old buildings offer a glimpse of normal, everyday life in Venice. Take some time to wander away from the larger attractions and enjoy the quiet parts of the city.
Street performer in Venice, Italy
Street performers are hard to miss in Venice, and the music is always great. Here, a man plays crystal glasses filled with various amounts of water to produce tinkling melodies for a gathering crowd.
Venice, Italy
Sunset in Venice. The beautiful colors reflect off the canal and the cool night breeze carries the salty smell of the sea along with the soft sounds of distant music from a nearby piazza.
Piazza Venice
The piazza at night is a great place to hang out with friends and maybe meet some locals. Funky bars and cafes are open late and are great places to enjoy artwork or live music.

Your thoughts on "One day in Venice — twelve travel photos"

  • Those are amazing. My favorite is the window (#6) and the contrast between the dark room and the bright light. The pictures make me wish I was there right now.

    on June 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm Reply
  • very cool - what FUN photos, and many i'd never seen anything like before! i love the guy playing the wine glasses...

    on June 25, 2010 at 9:17 pm Reply
  • Beautiful waters and delicious food, add to that a traditional environment and romantic sunsets and you get the perfect vacation city. It's definitely part of my list of cities to visit, I want to plan that trip really well and make sure I don't miss anything, experience it all!

    on August 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • I will be there someday ... this place is heaven

    on August 14, 2011 at 4:43 am Reply

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