Venice: Mistery, Beauty and Love

If I mentioned to you Venice what would be your first thought? Gondolas perhaps or pigeons maybe? St. Mark’s square, romance, beautiful hotels?

Every time I visit this city I get overwhelmed by a mixture of feelings and one of them is certainly nostalgia.

Venice is unique in the world for its charm: the place feels so mystical that as you walk through the darkness of the alleyways (the “canali”) and you get a whiff of that strong musty smell of stagnant water you can almost certainly expect to see a ghost hanging in there..there are many who claim to have heard the sighs and the moans of the convicts being led to their cells through the Bridge of Sighs…

The canali in Venice

Venice is flooded with tourists all around the year (infact this is the only traffic you will find as there are no cars on the roads) so much that sometimes it cannot cope as the city itself is not that big. On a sunny day you can often find ten of thousands of tourists walking around the city.

A place that I love in Venice is the Rialto fish and vegetable market always very popular with tourists but also with the locals.

A picture of Venice

Venice

A particularly busy time of the year is carnival which ends with the Christian celebration of Lent on Shrove Tuesday. This is a fantastic time to visit the city (if you can cope with huge crowds of course!): there are masks everywhere wearing fancy dresses and some are truly magnificent: it is like re-living the 18th century in Venice.

Carnival Mask in Venice

Walking from the station you can easily reach St. Marks square which is the only square in Venice as the rest are known as “campo.”

This square is simply magnificent and it is considered one of the finest in the world. On the square you will find the famous “Basilica di San Marco” with its belltower or “campanile”.

St Marks Square in Venice

All around the canali of Venice you will find the gondolas which these days are only there for tourists. If you lived in Venice you would have your own little boat too to go by around the city. During Venice’s golden times the aristocracy embraced gondolas as a form of transportation when horses were outlawed from the streets of Venice.

Gondolier in Venice

Having a ride on a gondola is certainly very romantic.

Gondolas in Venice

This man seemed to love having pigeons all over him.. not sure I’d fancy that myself!

Pigeons on St. Marks Square in Venice

In St. Marks square you will find “The Florian Cafe'” considered to be the oldest Cafe’ in Europe; it was first opened in 1720 by Floriano Francesconi and named “Triumphant Venice” which was then changed to “Caffè Florian” after the name of its owner.

This place witnessed the splendour and fall of the Serenissima Republic of Venice and had many important people visiting over the years.

What’s interesting about this place is that this Cafe’ was the only one that admitted women, which is why Casanova chose it as his “hunting ground” in order to find new female companions.

Caffe' Florian in Venice

Whilst walking around I spotted this man in a shop window making Tiramisu‘.. he spotted me drooling over it.. but I could’t help it.. could you?

Making tiramisu in Venice

This dessert typical from the Veneto region is just simply so irresistible!

Mini Tiramisu'

Venice offers a variety of biscuits and pastries, so don’t forget to look for them too if you visit.

Pastries in Venice " Moretto e Zaeto Veneziano"

Pastries in Venice

And of course if you fancy a romantic weekend there is nothing like a weekend in Venice to celebrate new love or an established one too.. because Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world!

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14 Responses to Venice: Mistery, Beauty and Love

  1. gloria

    Really beautiful pictures Alida!
    BTW always I think Venice is mystery and beauty!!
    Baci!

  2. Chiara

    Venezia è sempre incantevole, mi hai messo voglia di ritornarci, splendide foto Alida !Un abbraccio

  3. Astrid Brailsford

    I love Venezia and have been many times there, summer and winter. The atmosphere there is unique, unfortunately during the summer months there are too many tourists around….but then I escape to the Lido ❤️❤️❤️

    • Alida

      I know Venice it is so full of tourists. I usually like to visit in October when the weather is still good and there are slightly less people.

  4. Christine

    The only thing on my bucket list is to go to Italy.

    • Alida

      Oh you must!

  5. elisabetta

    Superb post and photos Alida, smiling as I read it and remembering just how unique Venice is. It is truly magical. I hope to return one day maybe for the carnival, dressed up as a Venetian lady of course 🙂

    • Alida

      I know Venice is Venice isn’t. You can never get bored of it!

  6. La cucina di Molly

    Che bella Venezia, molto affascinante e caratteristica, merita di essere visitata! Grazie per le belle foto, un bacione cara!

    • Alida

      Grazie carissima!

  7. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Venice is such a beautiful city. It is years since I went there, but seeing your photos makes me want to go back x

    • Alida

      Thanks Kate x

  8. Sylvie

    Hi Alicia
    I am so happy I discovered your site!
    I will be visiting Venice this August and will definitely follow your suggestions! Oh and I can’t wait to try your recipes!
    Have a great day!

    • Alida

      Thanks Sylvie for your lovely message 🙂 You will love Venice I promise! All the best xx

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