Wanting To See Venice
I started learning Italian on this site because I really want to go to Venice when I get older. It's so simple to learn when everything you need to know and practice is right there! God bless the people who created the idea for this website! Heres some info on Venice for anyone who's interested http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/venice
Venice is an incredible place, I hope you can visit it soon. Try to go in the low season as there are less crowds.
Hi there, I completely agree with psionpete - best to go in the low season. It is way less crowded and makes for such a more enjoyable time. It is such a beautiful place and it is incredibly unique
Thank you for the link. I am visiting Venice for the first time in March 2015.
Get a pass for the vaporettos and make the most of it! If you have time to go to Torcello, it is beautiful in a somewhat melancholy way!
Excellent advice. You can buy a pass online and validate it right outside the train station at the main vaporetto stop. We had the three day version and not only does it give you free "transit" everywhere, it also gives you discounts at certain tourist spots.
I've been and it is completely incredible, you should go soon because I heard Venice is drowning and don't forget to go to the island of murano where they make glass, also one of the only ways to get around is by ferries.
Showing my age - it was better when you could sleep straight outside the railway station on the grand canal. Happy days. Italy thinks it is above such things now. Murano - even in the late 70s I remember seeing gondolas unloading boxes of glass clearly labelled "made in China" - fine if that's what you want but just be careful it's not sold to you as hand crafted in Venice if it's not. It is still an amazing place of course.
I have to agree with the others-- Venice actually exceeded my (already high) expectations. We were witness to some of the flooding. Piazza San Marco was a foot deep in water, so everyone was crowded onto a raised "boardwalk", that they have ready for those occasions. Such is life there that they just work around the floods.
My brother-in-law and his family were there two weeks after us and they said it was dry everywhere they went, so it really is a matter of tides and good luck.
I laugh when people say "low season" though, since Venice is crowded no matter when you are there. There should be fewer people in March and October, but it was still packed with turisti.
That 'flooding' was due to the Spring tides which occur every Spring and Autumn.
We were very lucky when we went to Venice. The weather was fantastic, so we spent the days exploring the islands and the nights exploring the alleyways of Venice itself. We stayed at a hotel called Al Ponte Antico, near the Rialto bridge, which had a breakfast terrace overlooking the grand canal. It's beautiful even by Italian city standards, and something completely unique. Make sure you go :-)