“V” in #AtoZChallenge
Our next destination in this challenge is Venice, the land of Canals.
I am thinking, should I say Land of canals or Island of canals. Yes, because, Venice is made up of 100s of small islands, connected by a number of bridges.
Due to the presence of Harbour and ports, Venice served as a powerful city economically during the middle ages. And today this plays a vital role in tourism and economically doing very well too.
The same port which made the Venice an economically solid city was the reason for its fall too. I mean, this same port served as an entry point for bringing in the deadly disease called Black Death. The easy entry for the rats and rodents from the merchant ships became another reason for the spread of this Black Death or the Plague.
Also, the word Quarantine we use could be well due to the history of keeping the people from ships away from port for 40 days before allowing them to enter the city. Quaranta, meaning 40 in Italian could well be the origin of this word. Not sure.
Carnival in Venice
Every year during the Feb-March we have the Carnival in Venice, which is very famous and we have like millions of visitors from all over the globe participating in this. They dress up in masks and costumes that represent the Bubonic plague. The costume originally was used to save the doctors from getting infected from the victims of the plague.
The original reason for using the mask during the carnival festival is said to be different though. In those days, this carnival was celebrated among people of all status and hence people use to hide their identity below these masks. Anyway, the essence of the carnival stays same even today – to have fun!
When you look out for places to visit in Venice, I am sure every other book or website will list the Piazza San Marco, The Basilica, Rialto Bridge etc. And some also list the glass making places in Murano islands.
But Venice is not just about these spots. The real itinerary to visit places in Venice is to have zero lists. Yes, just put on your hat if it’s sunny, a comfortable shoe and keep walking. All along the Grand Canal, and cross any bridge that you see.
The defacto standard to reach Venice is by train at the Santa Lucia station. And there is motorboat/bus available to visitors who want to rush, I mean those who are interested to just tick off Venice from their travel list. So they can just pick up these boats and get to San Marco and get their dream completed.
Or you can talk a stroll on those pedestrian-only streets of Venice. Be prepared to cross Bridges, bridges, and bridges.
Off all these bridges, the main and famous spot is the Rialto Bridge. I can almost bet that you can never succeed to take a perfect selfie with NO one in the bridge – probably yes, if you visit in winter!
Just a few days back there was someone who jumped from this bridge creating a havoc. Of course, he was a great swimmer and passed without any problem, the police are still trying to trace him to take legal action.
Why did I mention this? Because this place can become a nuisance due to such tourists during the peak summer here. So, just a word of caution.
Piazza San Marco
Continue the casual walk, and here you go the view of the San Marco from the coast.
The trip to Venice is not complete without the Gondola.
Move along the narrow streets of the Venice, enjoying those shops all along, and you will land right in the Piazza San Marco at the doorstep of the Church. There are also Museum in here.
I have visited Venice several times, but still never visited it yet. And that is a fantastic excuse to plan Venice again for this summer.
San Marco Campanile
The iconic Bell tower in the square.
You get an excellent view from the top of this bell tower. But keep in mind that there are usually long queues to get tickets and access to this structure. So, plan it accordingly.
Do not miss the shops all around this square, you will get to view the fantastic works with the glass.
Move away from the crowded tourists, and you will find the real Venice, the lonely streets, peaceful parks. And lovely windows with those flowers. Stop, don’t dream of looking something inside those windows, you will be disappointed!
And then it’s up to your energy to call it a day or explore the unseen places of Venice.
I was just strolling through every street I can access and finally reached a silent and calm park. Perfect place to relax the legs that helped in feasting our eyes.
Finally, Venice is also popular for wedding photos. Yes, the pleasure rides on those Gondolas are a perfect album picture.
What a lovely way to begin the new life? Lucky couples.
My theme for the April 2018 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the places I have been to. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter W?
Actually, there are few places with W, so try commenting your guess, let’s see.
Are you participating too? Comment your themes here. Good luck.