There are few cities in the world that can take your breath away quite like Venice. A city that seemingly floats on water, connected by ornate stone bridges and narrow streets, Venice is a sight that simply has to be seen sooner rather than later. It is believed that in the future, because of the rise of the sea level, Venice may, at some point, disappear. This is a huge shame, but if that doesn’t spur you on to visit it, then nothing will.
Venice is a city full of character, the streets, plazas and the canals are all beautiful and you can wander for hours and not get bored. Unfortunately for me and a few of my friends, that is exactly what we did and we ended up just a little bit lost. This might sound a bit silly, but for those of you who haven’t been to Venice, you won’t know that the streets are very narrow and the buildings are all very high. It is impossible to get your bearings by spotting a landmark when you are wandering the streets.
The city is also built like a maze and there are more than a couple of dead ends. You may think you are going in the right direction, but it is very hard to navigate, especially if you are wandering the city for the first time. To put in perspective just how lost we were, it took us four hours to get from the train station to the hostel when we first arrived. When we were leaving, it only took us 30 minutes to get from the hostel back to the train station, once we had spent some time in the city.
So, if you are after some advice; when you first get there, get a map, get some directions to your hostel or hotel and bring a compass! (Or wander off and lose yourself in this wonderful city.) One thing I have to say is this years ski chalet holidays are going to have a tough time competing on last years trip to Venice!