Venice, A Maze of a City!
Written by Carly October 24, 2012
This past weekend, a few of my friends and I decided to finally venture into the city of Venice. This was our first experience wandering through the city, despite the fact that we only live a mere hour away! We had heard nothing but great things about Venice and all the historical sites to see. Once we stepped outside of the train station, it was clear that we were no longer in Paderno del Grappa anymore. There were tons of people walking every which way through the tiny streets of Venice, and none of us had any sense of direction as to where we were heading. We knew we eventually wanted to end up in Piazza San Marco, so we followed what seemed to be the flow of traffic through the narrow alley-ways.
I quickly came to realize just how unique the city of Venice truly is. Everywhere you wander, you come across a tiny bridge connecting the streets with amazing views of the famous canals and gondola rides down below. We came across several different gondola rides where the customers were being serenaded by their gondolier in stripes. Venice can even be compared to a giant shopping mall, there are stores everywhere, even in the darkest, tiniest of the alleys. Many of the stores sold fresh pasta in a variety of colors, Murano glass beads (a Venetian specialty), Venetian masks, Italian leather shoes, and much, much more!
Luckily, we finally made our way to the Piazza San Marco where we were surrounded by hundreds of other tourists in the square taking in the beauty of Venice. It was such an experience seeing all these other visitors who were here to indulge themselves in the unique Venetian culture. It really is a magical city!
It wasn’t long before we ended up getting lost in the maze of a city that Venice is. But everyone always says you have to get lost in Venice! It ended up being a blessing in disguise because we eventually wandered upon a delicious cafe, where we had some cappuccinos and a cannoli. We even got to practice some of our Italian skills with the waiter. What better way to end a successful day trip to Venezia!