You’ve seen millions of photos in magazines, you’ve read about it in stories, you’ve watched endless amounts of movies scenes, you know it so well you’d swear you’d been there before! Everyone has a very detailed image of what Venice looks like in their minds. Are you picturing it right now? The tiny streets, the Gondolas, the rivers, the food, the wine, a place where romance fills the air. Well guess what… That’s exactly it! There really is very little difference between the Venice in your dreams and Venice in reality. It is everything you ever imagined it to be! (*except for the extra thousand tourists that come along for the ride too!)
I’ve read plenty of blog posts about how ‘Venice is over rated’ or ‘its too expensive’ etc etc. The truth is, Venice is an experience. It is unlike anywhere else on this planet! YES it is expensive and YES it is a total tourist trap, but who cares?? It’s frikin VENICE!!! For once in your life you can engage in a totally lovey dovey/cheese-tastic trip with friends, partners, even by yourself if you like, and its totally acceptable – Your in VENICE, embrace it! Sometimes i’m convinced the whole city was made for the sole purpose of book writing and movie making.
It’s just a crazy city, full of crazy stuff that you would never do at home (Like paying 80 quid for a Gondola ride – but totally worth it when your in Venice!). You just have to be open to it. Try not to worry too much about the silly prices or the tourist traps, just enjoy it. All of it. Forget about your ‘morals’ for a little while ; ) The city is sinking at a rate much faster than they expected, so get it before it’s gone!
Have you ever been before? What did you think and what advice can you give to people who hope to visit in the future?