Posed in the AHA Travel Talk, August 2017
In the last AHA Travel Talk I promised some more info on different areas throughout Italy. I decided to start with a question that I get a lot. Should we go to Venice?
First about Venice….AHHH Venice! Venice is universally considered the most beautiful city in the world. Many would say the crown jewel of Italy. This can be argued, but Venice’s fascinating and unique structure definitely supports that argument. The city is famous for it’s canals built on an archipelago of 118 islands formed by 150 canals in a shallow lagoon. The islands on which the city is built are connected by 400 bridges. These canals and bridges are what create Venice’s magical setting. In the old center, the canals are their roads and every aspect of transportation is on water or on foot. Jumping on a speedboat to taxi to your next stop is definitely unique!
There are many must sees in Venice like the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco to name a couple. But the magic in Venice is away from the touristy area, in the charming back streets and off the beaten path neighborhoods where the locals hang out. Venice is a very walkable city and easy to explore (however, you will get lost...more on that in TIPS). If traveling to Venice in the summer (which is most families only option), you need to know that it will be crowded and very touristy. July will be the most crowded. Spending time outside the touristy area will help.
Venice should definitely be on your Italy list, however, there are many variables to consider. These include how many days are you going, where are you flying in and out, what are your personal must sees in Italy to just name a few. If this is your only trip to Italy, then absolutely Venice should be included!
Fun Facts about Venice:
TIPS for Venice: