Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Venice: the famous attractions, but also the true beauty- intimate canals and charming old facades

Venice needs no introductions. This summer was my second time in Venice. The first time I went it was winter and we only had time to see the main attractions, so I left feeling unsatisfied. In my humble opinion the real beauty of Venice is in the residential areas - narrow canals, 1 person wide bridges, and laundry hanging over the canal to dry. I'm still going to show you the famous sites, but the last images are where I found the charm.

The one and only Grand Canal


St. Mark's square. A place where people try to touch pigeons they would otherwise find disgusting. Unfortunately Basilica San Marco was covered in scaffolding at the time we were there, so I'm including a picture from my fist visit below.

Souvenir shops abound

Street parking can be hard to find

The bridge is the famous Ponte di Rialto, which was so packed when we arrived that we could barely walk. If you don't like crowds or tourist traps don't linger here.

On the larger, commercial canals you can find beautiful and varying architecture

Gorgeous!

Now for my favorite parts of Venice - heading into the narrower canals





The facades on the back streets show wear, but combined with the lovingly tended flower boxes and laundry hung out to dry it creates a charming scene of life in Venice.


Sunset over a canal.

Have any of you been to Venice? What was your favorite aspect?


Here's that list again of all my posts from our travels that I've posted -

Spain

•Introduction to my European backpacking trip and a list of places we visited
Galicia - Baiona and Isle de Cies
Galicia - the coast, some charming vineyards, and Pontevedra
Santiago de Compostela and gorgeous hidden beaches
Gorgeous mountain lakes of Picos de Europa
Stunning mountains - Picos de Europa
Bilbao and San Sebastian
Beautiful Barcelona
The amazing Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona
Art Nouveau dream house by Gaudi in Barcelona

Italy

Not to miss - the gorgeous rocky coast of Italy's Cinque Terre
More from my summer traveling Europe - amazing Rome
From my summer in Europe - amazing Pompeii
Turquoise ocean and vineyards on cliffs - the amazingly stunning Amalfi coast
My Summer in Europe: Pictures from lovely Florence, Italy
Enchanting Siena

Thanks as always to my boyfriend Chris, who took these amazing photos.

10 comments:

Allison Egan said...

Fantastic images! I love Venice!!! great post - thank you for sharing!
xo Allison

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Conspicuous Style Design Blog said...

Lovely! Never been, but I sooo want to go!

Barbara@HausDesign said...

What gorgeous pictures you took! I have been lucky enough to have been in Venice three times in the last couple of years (living nearby helps :)). I agree with you - the real beauty is off the beaten (very beaten!) path. My favorite shots when I was there was of the doors - many of which were halfway under water already. :)

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Carol@TheDesignPages said...

So gorgeous and I think you're totally right that the residential areas have a ton of charm.

Liz Weinberg said...

Your photos are beautiful! What a lovely trip!

Nina said...

Its been years since I've been to Venice so definitely time to go again.

Mae said...

Wonderful photos! It makes me want to go and see Venice but I'm swamped lol

Kit said...

Beautiful place! I hope I can enjoy it personally

Taffy said...

I. Loved. Venice.
Beautiful buildings, yummy food, amazing sunsets over the Grand Canal.

Jara said...

Venice is my absolute favorite, I went the summer of my sophomore year of college - my parents took me and my sister for high school graduation, she's one year younger than me. I had just studied Venice in my architecture history classes so it was a dream to go there.

Next time you go back...you must visit Como, Italy - it is breathtaking!!!

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