One of the absolute highlights of Venice, in my view, is the island of Burano with its colourful houses. You can get here fairly easily, by ferry of c...
Venice, La Serenissima, is such an unique place that you cannot help but wonder if it might be in fact a film set straight out of a Hollywood movie.
The crumbling house fronts, the broken shutters, the quiet canals… it is hard to believe that this city was meant to be lived in.
Because living in the lagoon comes with its own set of challenges, as every Venetian will be happy to confirm. The regular high tides are a problem, as well as the rotting timber beams that are supporting the century old houses. The waves that roll through the canals, caused by motorised modern boats, are eating away the stone foundations. You cannot get around by car. In fact, everything has to be done by foot or by boat. But all of this adds to the appeal of Venice.
From humble beginnings to becoming one of the leading seafaring powers during the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance, Venice has left its mark on many places of the known world. Today, it is a tourism magnet, with millions of visitors from around the world visiting the city each year. The famous Venice Carnival is one highlight of the social calendar, the Biennale another. It’s an exclusive playground for the rich and famous and at the same time a hot spot for contemporary mass tourism.
One of the most recognisable places is right in the centre of Venice, the Piazza San Marco. The Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge and many other attractions can be conveniently reached by foot, making Venice the ideal tourist destination for anyone who is able to walk on his own two feet.
But Venice’s true beauty becomes only apparent once you leave behind the tourism magnets and lose yourself in the ancient and confusing maze of alleys and canals. Venice, the most serene. Indeed.