The joy of Venice without crowds ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŽต

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Allow me to share with you a few words and shots about our Venetian weekend. We are lucky to live quite near to the romantic and charming city of Venice and in fact we have visited the city several times already. Being such a world-known location, it is inevitable that it is very crowded and packed with tourists all year round. The situation with Covid and all travel restrictions reduced the number of travelers, and we took do opportunity for a weekend trip. We have rediscovered the beauty of this fascinating city since it was easy to wander around the city. The whole experience was unique since there was really less tourist but surprisingly still more than we expected.

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Gondolas parked at San Marco square

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Since we like to walk, we crisscrossed around the city on foot, but of course we also used public water transportation called โ€œvaporettoโ€.

The water city is built on long wooden piles made from oak and intertwined with canals, connected with numerous bridges. Apparently, in Venice there are more than 400 bridges, some of them are private since they lead to private houses or apartments.

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Long and narrow canals are fascinating and if you capture a gondola, they are picture perfect๐Ÿ˜Š. The gondoliers gave the impression that is easy to ride a 11 meters long gondola, but we were barely standing on it ๐Ÿ˜จ.

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The main square, San Marco, with its campanile and the Basilica, are one of the most popular sights of Venice. On the first day of our stay, we were not able to reach San Marco since the water level had been raised up and the whole square was under water. We could walk on the square with special โ€œplastic shoe bagsโ€ that you can buy almost everywhere, but weโ€™ve decided to return the next day. And luckily the water receded, and we were able to walk around the square.

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San Marco square

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St Mark's Campanile

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Basilica at San Marco square

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One of the corners of San Marco square is adorned by the white beauty of Doge Palace.

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Doge Palace

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Although this was not our first visit to Venice, it was the first time that we took the gondola ride. I was not thrilled by the idea, but my wife and son, they insisted. I must admit that it was really an unforgettable experience, maybe because the canals were so quiet (there were only a few gondolas), maybe because we had really great weather or maybe because I was with my loved ones (Iโ€™m so saccharine, am I ?). There are different points where you can take the gondola ride, we decided to make it nearby the San Marco square, and the ride gave us an amazing view of the Bridge of the Sighs.

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By the name of the bridge, Bridge of the Sighs, you might think of a romantic view that impresses the visitors, but the reality is quite macabre. The bridge connected the Doge Palace to the prison and when the condemned were escorted to the prison they took a last look at their city, and they sighed.

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Bridge of the Sighs

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Wandering around Venice you will discover many interesting and not so famous sights like the Palazzo Tetta, one of the few houses in Venice that is surrounded by water from 3 sides.

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Tetta palace

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After all this walking we were often thirsty and hungry, and the Venetians had a perfect solution. A plate of โ€œcicchettiโ€ (small bites) and a glass of Spritz (cocktail of sparkling Italian wine, sparkling water, and Aperol bitters aperitif). And of course, it's always the right time for excellent Italian espresso.

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Cicchetti ready to eat ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Aperol Spritz ๐Ÿธ and espresso โ˜•

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Venice's โ€œmain roadโ€ is the Grand Canal (main canal). The best view of the canal is from L โ€™Academia bridge. I felt like I was on a motorway overpass ๐Ÿ˜†.

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View from Academia bridge

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Passing the bridge, you will arrive to the predominant Santa Maria della Salute church, located right opposite to San Marco, and offering best view of the square.

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Santa Maria della Salute church

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In the opposite direction you can take a look at the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore.

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There are many popular events that are taking place in Venice (at least in normal years). Like the Venice film festival, Venice Biennale and of course the Carnevale of Venice. The Venetian masques are a typical souvenir, a must-have from Venice.

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A unique spot is a special book shop called โ€œLibreria Acqua Altaโ€ a little bit chaotic bookshop where you will find books on high shelves, inside a canoa, and there is also a big gondola full of books parked in the middle of the shop. To make it even more unusual, a few cats wondering around the shop. The place is known to be one of the most โ€œinstagrammableโ€ spots in Venice.

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The strong influence of sea level on everyday life is well visible in the crypt of the San Zaccaria church, where the sea has already entered the crypt of the church. The area around San Marco square is the oldest and the lowest part of the city and with high sea levels it is the first one to be flooded. In 24 hours, sea level changes by about 70 centimeters.

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The night in Venice is magical, with all the lights reflecting in the water. We recommend you a night ride on the vaporetto under the white Rialto bridge.

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Rialto Bridge

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If you will ever have the chance to visit Venice, take it, you wonโ€™t be disappointed.

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Thanks for reading,
feel free to leave a comment, I will be glad to reply to.
Best regards, @miljo76

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The city looks like very different without crowds of tourists

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It's true, that's how you see the city from a different perspective. Thanks for reading my post!

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You are welcome . The post is really interesting ๐Ÿ‘

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It's a beautiful landscape photo. I really like

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Thank you for the comment and for stopping by!

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Seems like a completely different city without the massive crowd of tourists. A lot more peaceful :-)

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That's right. As I said previously, it's different perspective. Everything is going on much slower and more peaceful,...you have to feel it ๐Ÿ˜† Thanks for stopping by!

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Visiting Venice is one of my long-time dreams. I wish I can go there soon. By the way, I love your photographs. Greetings from the Philippines!

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Thank you for your compliments, I appreciate. I wish you'll have the chance to visit Venice as soon as possible. And by the way, the Philippines is on my bucket list ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Greetings from Slovenia !

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You're welcome (^_^)

the Philippines is on my bucket list

Excited to see your blog about the Philippines when you visit. I love Slovenia, and I want to visit your country too!

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Then we can do a swap, for a month or two,....๐Ÿ˜‰

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Such a beautiful place, looks like the city has a lot of visitors on the weekends. very nice to be able to visit there can see the beauty of the city and also the water around the city.

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Thank you for the comment and for stopping by!

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I would go to Venice if the pandemic didn't break out :/

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I'm sure you'll soon be able to wander around Venice ! Thanks for reading my post.

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This has got to be the most picturesque city ever.

The water city is built on long wooden piles made from oak and intertwined with canals

I didn't understand what you meant here, but then I searched a bit and found an ilustration.

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Holy cow! Is it possible that the city is sinking over time? With the heavy weight over sand. Interesting.

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Unfortunately, the city has been sinking for several years ๐Ÿ˜ช. Locals told us, that because of sea level, the lower parts of buildings are no longer liveable. The city is maintained all the time,....they even built huge sluice gates to hold back the sea at high tide,.....for more info browse for "MOSE project". Thanks for stopping by!

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Very beautiful all the photos, I loved the post. Very whimsy and quality. Congratulations!

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Thank you for the comment, I'm glad that you love my post and my photos in it. Thank you for stopping by!

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I have been here. I went in Venice when I was still a little young to remember. I remember San Marco bridge.
I love Italy so much.

I hope covid will be over soon.

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We all hope that covid ends as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can plan your trip to Italy ๐Ÿ˜‰ Take care and thanks for stopping by!

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Such a beautiful place and very pleasure photo

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I'm glad that you like my photos ๐Ÿ’ช Thank you for stopping by!

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Wow what a beautiful place, it is a paradise.

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I agree with you, Venice is really a must see. Thanks for stopping by !

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Venice is amazing, just last year in December I visited it and I really liked that there were not many tourists.

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I agree, it was the same for me. Thanks for stopping by!

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Amazing place. Been there with school excursion ๐Ÿ˜.. Maybe one day I'll visit Venice again

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Yes, Venice is amazing,....hope you will have the chance to visti it again ๐Ÿ‘

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Personally, this is an amazing post I ever seen on Hive. Each photography is wonderful and I really appreciate and love it to be honest.

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Thank you, I'm really happy that you like it! I will continue to do my best ๐Ÿ’ช

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You have shown us the beautiful sights and sounds of Venice, for one who has never been there, you gave me a thrilling and informative adventure story. I know, when I visit I will not be disappointed. Thanks.

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Thank you for the nice comment. Be sure, you won't be disappointed in Venice! Thanks for stopping by!

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Thank you too, you write up about Venice is just beautiful.

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Excelente ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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I like that you love it,....thanks for stopping by!

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This is ny dream vacation and i guess it will just be another dream that is not going to happen. ๐Ÿ˜”

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Never say never ! I keep my fingers crossed that your wish comes true as soon as possible! Thanks for reading my post!

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Wow this is beautiful, thank you for taking us along with you. Venice is undoubtedly one of the places i look forward to visiting.

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I am pleased that you like my post. Thanks for stopping by.

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Wow, I saw the first picture and I said "Diosito take me there please" ๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm glad you had a different day with his family ๐Ÿ˜Š I know it will take a while but I'll definitely have my picture in gondola too ๐Ÿคฉ Greetings from Venezuela (that little venezzia has nothing anymore ๐Ÿ˜…).

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Thanks for the comment and for stopping by! It was a very nice trip indeed. I'm sure you'll soon be able to write a story about wandering around Venice ๐Ÿ‘ See you around!

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Amen to that ๐Ÿ™ Thanks to you for giving us this beautiful visual tour ๐Ÿ˜Š

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