One must visit Venice before it sinks - or so the story goes. To be honest, Venice was probably the city I was least excited to visit on our Italian vacation. I tend to feel overwhelmed and unimpressed in places that are famous for being touristy and from what I'd heard, this little city on water was going to be filled to the brim with tourists. Well, there certainly was a fair share of foreigners gracing the streets but Venice itself had more charm than I could have imagined.
The canals, the boats, the colours, the bridges, the laundry draped out windows, the narrow walkways snaking off in random directions, the quiet corners and the air of mystery that hangs over you as you delve further into the city - it's almost too perfect.
While we made sure to pass through St Mark's Square, cross over Rialto Bridge and admire the Grand Canal, our days were generally spent delving as far as we could into the city. It's amazing just how quiet and magical it feels when one wanders away from the crowds. We had heard that it was easy to get lost in this floating city and yes, when one is seeking out something specific it can seem like you might never find your way there. However, when your objective is to meander down as many side streets and canals as you can, it's not the disorientating experience you expect. In fact, it's utterly intoxicating and you can't help but want to burrow further.
"Venice, the most touristy place in the world, is still just completely magic to me."
While one can't deny that there are indeed a lot of tourists in Venice, one also can't deny that the city is steeped in fascinating history with plenty of quiet corners to feel like you might be the only foreigner in town.