Italy Recap: Venezia
The beautiful chain of islands (118 islands linked by over 400 bridges to be exact) was unlike any other city I had ever seen. When we arrived in Venice, I didn’t know what to expect. I purposefully didn’t do any research on any of the regions we were visiting because I wanted to be immersed in the culture! It probably wasn’t smart to do for the first leg of the trip (see my previous post) considering I had a couple panic attacks in Venice.
On the boat ride in, we were able to see just how different the Venetians live. Venetians are one of the more exclusionary cultures in Italy, but luckily every guide we had was a local that had grown up there or lived there for decades. On our first day in Venice, we took a walking tour around some of the most famous monuments. Unfortunately, it started to pour down rain in the beginning of the tour. The combination of just traveling for 13 hours, being sleep-deprived, in an unfamiliar place, and being FREEZING (who knew San Diegans didn’t know how to pack for less than 75 degrees?) made for a kind of miserable tour. The highlights were definitely when we stopped for tapas at some local cafes.
The Next Day
We had an exciting ride through Venice via gondola! Lol, except my anxiety decided to ruin it for me. I felt completely fine that morning and the walk leading to the ride, but something about being completely surrounded by tourists with no escape except for the disgusting canal water, something in me snapped. Even though I wasn’t able to get a photo on the gondola, I still appreciated everything about it. It was so touristy and honestly one of the things I was most excited for. I was able to snap a few of Louie, luckily :)
Murano & Burano
After the gondola ride, we were able to (thankfully) relax at the hotel before our next adventure. We were taking a private tour of two islands off of Venice! One was Murano, the famous island most known for creating one-of-a-kind sculptures and items completely out of blown glass. It was pretty amazing to see the master artist create these unique pieces of art! Not to mention, it was at least 115 degrees in there with all of the heating tools and materials used to shape the glass pieces. My dad was particularly enthralled with a glass horse with specs of 14 karat gold that was being sold for $30,000. Casual.
After we had enough of Murano, we traveled out to the island of Burano, a small fisherman’s village off the coast of Venice. It was a small island with bright, colorful architecture. The legend is that the fisherman used to go to work and afterward, go out drinking with their buddies. Since all of the houses looked the same, the wives painted their houses a unique color so their husband could easily find their way back. Pretty funny! I loved hearing all of these stories from way back in the day when Venice was just a small group of islands that were occupied by simple people who just wanted to thrive off of the beautiful land they were fortunate to live.
I’ll be talking about the highlight of the trip for me, Florence and Tuscany! Ugh, what a beautiful city. See you next week!