Originally written on May 28th. 2012
Currently on a train from Venice to Milan, then I catch a flight back to Madrid. Venice is one of the places I have always wanted to visit and I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to do this. My only complaint is that I have to take this 2 hour train ride back to Milan, but I suppose it gives me a chance to catch up on my blogging.
People: The people in Venice were not necessarily mean but they definitely were not as polite as pleasant as people in other parts of Italy. Nobody really seemed to want to do anything that didn’t fit their job description. At the main train station (Venezia- Santa Lucia), I asked the lady at the train ticket booth, how I could get to my hotel and she promptly responded that she sold train tickets and if I wanted information, there was an information booth and tourist point outside. OK THEN! I asked her if she was from Venice and when she said yes, she was, I then asked her if she didn’t know her city and walked off, before she could answer. RUDE!
Sites & Signs: The signs in Venice SUCK! It is quite confusing and the map provided by the hotel wasn’t the best. But maybe we just sucked at reading maps—definite possibility. The city is sort of like a maze with piazzas and canals everywhere. It is definitely not uncommon to see a sign saying ‘SAN MARCO’ with arrows pointing in both directions. Ok, so where do I go? Once you do find what you’re looking for, it is well worth the confusion. Must-sees: Basilica di San Marco, Piazza di San Marco, Ponte di Rialto, Ponte della Accademia, Grand Canal. There are other museums and churches that are pretty (you are in Italy, afterall) but the sites I listed are the ones that I found most beautiful, my ABSOLUTE favourite being Ponte della Accademia—the bridge and the view from it is simply amazing.
Food: I LOVE ITALIAN FOOD! Give it to me! All of it! Pizza, pasta, seafood, gelato, coffee, tea—whatever they’re cooking, I’m eating! I have no complaints about the food, however, I recommend you don’t eat in the Piazzas when it’s busy, because the service is slow and if you’re like me and don’t like to wait to be served, it will be extremely annoying. I recommend you add pesto to everything. I was never a fan of pesto but it makes the already yummy food taste even yummier!
CULTURAL FOOD TIP: You only add parmesan to food or sauces that you don’t particularly like—I was told that adding parmesan is an American faux-pas… SO, don’t do it in Venice, they’ll think you don’t like the food.
General: Venice is close to the top of my list of places I’ve visited. It is very crowded and it smells just a little because of the canals, but overall, a great visit and a place I would go back to.