I’ve lived in a fair few cities in my 27 years on Earth – Newcastle, Lincoln, Indianapolis, Sydney, Melbourne, and London. And when I visited Venice for the first time, I fell in love instantly, and could easily see myself taking up residence there.
So what does Venice have that these other cities don’t, I hear you ask? Well, curious little readers…
1. It’s a floating city
So.much.water – I’ve always been firmly on the ground, surrounded by concrete and buildings. It was nice to walk out of my hostel to the views of canals and ocean. And the sunsets were just *insert ok emoji here*
2. Water taxis/Vaparettos
Literally the only way to get about.
3. Pasta to go
Sure, the cities I’ve lived in might have pasta to go. But do they have actual Italians making homemade pasta dishes and serving it through a hole in the wall, or in tiny takeaway shops? No they do not.
4. Bacareto Da Lele
A teeny tiny unassuming little bar serving small glasses of wine and prosecco for 60c. The locals cram themselves in to chat and have lunch, whereas I just sat outside, reading a book next to the canal.
You definitely don’t have these in Newcastle.
6. Colourful houses in Burano
In London we do have pretty coloured houses in Camden and Notting Hill, but Burano is something else.
7. Basilica di San Marco
I couldn’t get over how beautiful this building was – inside and outside. My top tip is don’t stand outside baking like a potato in the ridiculously long queue, buy a queue jump ticket online for €2.
8. Actual affordable gelato
I love gelato, but I don’t enjoy having to sell an organ to buy a scoop when I fancy it in London. The stuff in Venice cost less than €2, and tasted incredible (obviously).
9. Any time is wine time
I saw women sipping an Aperol Spritz after breakfast (no judgement). I spent most of my time wandering aimlessly around the lanes of the city, and whenever I fancied it, stopped at a bar and sat down for a wine. Who cares if it was only 11am? I was on holiday!
10. Only 1.5 hours from Verona
I was only there for 72 hours, but it was so close to Verona I thought I’d hop on a train there on my last day. It cost me €18, and it was worth every penny – I got to tick two cities off my list, and enjoyed a pretty magical day (searching for Romeo/Leonardo Di Caprio).