Running around the streets of Venice definitely provides you with a view into classic European cities. Old buildings with exquisite architecture. Heavy accents. And of course the historical art.
The best time to see Venice or any part of Italy really is early March, before the tourist crowds set it. Typically in the height of the tourist season, you may have to wait hours in line to visit Saint Marco Square for a few moments. I hate waiting in queues so having absolutely NO wait for Saint Marco Square, the major churches, or well-known museums was perfect.
The photo to the right is accredited to the day I spent exploring canals and streets. In 60-degree weather, I got caught in a fly-by hail/rain-storm. When I was desperately searching for cover, I found an awning right in front of the boat canal big enough to tuck me away. The canals of Venice definitely make you feel like you're on a boat all day long.
I highly recommend climbing to the top of the bell tower of Saint Marco Square. You get an incredible bird's-eye-view of the city. If you're curious, check out more pictures under Italy. Don't forget to visit the church of San Giorgio Maggiore, which stands next to the monastery on a small island (San Maggiore) in northern Venice. Climb all the way to the top of the bell tower for another breathtaking view.
Despite the beauty of Venice and Saint Marco Square, I was somewhat disturbed by the interesting marble sculptures in the nearby museum. Let's just say that there are men and animals of all sorts in compromising positions that make my skin crawl.
As far as food, remember that you're in ITALY aka the land of pasta! Whatever you decide to order at the corner bistro or the romantic candle lit dinner, don't get lobster in Venice. $200 a plate for grilled lobster tails? As a proud New Englander, I can tell you that's not even close to the right way to cook this seafood delicacy.
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