How about dwelling in an island nestled between canals, away from the rest of the world? How about travelling on a ferry from one place to another? Or rather, owning/renting a boat and rowing it yourself away to glory for the sheer joy of it? Sounds like a fantasy?
Well, I’m talking about Venice in Italy!
Situated on the Adriatic sea in the northeast of Italy, Venice is an archipelago that has 118 little islands and it is the capital of the Veneto region. It is a traveller’s paradise what with its unique artistic splendour!
We ended our Italy trip in style, here in this naturally wondrous place. As we arrived, we refreshed ourselves and visited a cafe close to the train station. Unbelievably, the cappuccino, croissant and the veg pizzas we had were an absolute gastronomic delight! Gosh! The pizzas were wafer-thin, freshly made, and they were being sold like hot cakes! In fact, there was not a single moment we missed home food while in Italy!
We took a ride on the vaporetto (water bus) and reached San Marco island. As we entered, we got a preview of the island and it only whetted our appetite to explore in detail. St Mark’s Basilica and the Clock Tower in the Piazza San Marco attracted a lot of tourists. It seemed like a good shopping area too!
We decided to take the walking trail that was given in our guidebook, basically to get an essence of the local culture. We walked atop several bridges, beneath which were little canals and boats called gondolas. We stopped by each one of the canals to enjoy the beauty around.
We realized the island was a proper town as there were several medieval looking lanes and streets with homes, restaurants and neat shops that were selling some exquisite jewellery and handmade products. Well, as it was to be expected, we ended up buying a pair of silver earrings for yours truly – convinced that the design was exclusively made in Italy! 🙂 Interestingly, one of the shops had this board: Made in Italy and not in China!
Hmm…if there is an opportunity, I would love to visit an enigmatic Venice again!!!