Venice – first impressions

An UNESCO hertage listed old European city turned into a fancy outdoor shopping centre.


This morning was spent sliding through the Italian countryside at 240km/h, passing crops, vineyards with their straight rows of grapes, and hay bales standing in the open paddocks.

It was nice to just sit, listen to an audio book, and gaze out the window (albeit dirty) for awhile, not fighting the crowds or racing to be somewhere.

Navigating through a new city on a deadline can be a bit frazzling but we booked accommodation close (300 meters) to the train station and within 25 minutes of the train pulling into Venice station we were checked into our room at Locanda Ca’ Lucrezia. Our room is nice, within our budget, and close to the Grand Canal (ie the main drag).

The scene you’re faced with as you exit the train station on the right.

I mentioned deadline – Deb had booked a walking and gondala tour at 3pm … but given we were checked in at 12:45 we had heaps of time! Get the water bus the guy at the front desk said, they come every 10 minutes he said. Heaps of time so we had a cuppa in our room then set off. What he didn’t say was everyone who is currently on Venice was also wanting to catch the bus … Yes they come every 10 mins, but it took at least 5 before we could get on one. In the end we made it with 5 minutes to spare.

This walking tour like most, give you a bit of an over view and history of the place which is always interesting. It was different not having to contend with traffic after the constant din of traffic and sirens of Rome. Walking around Venice is to the soundtrack of pedestrian traffic and the occasional motorboat burbling passed.

A couple of photos from our tour –

What you do when you have a lot of money and don’t like clumbing stairs at night – you build a set outside that you can ride your horse up.

The symbol of Venice is the lion

Yes that tower is leaning. Under all their buildings are wooden pylons driven into the mud every 900mm to provide a stable foundation … but these can move a bit overtime

It’s interesting to note that the newest building in Venice is a bank built in the 1970s – after this the whole city was heritage listed and no new building can be built and there are strict guidelines of what you can and can’t do with existing buildings.

And what trip to Venice is complete without a gondola ride.


So to my initial impressions – there are shops everywhere, from places selling traditional Venetian wares and trinkets to high-end clothing and accessory shops. It is very apparent that the main industry of Venice is tourism.

I’m hoping that tomorrow as we venture further afield will temper my initial impression.

2 thoughts on “Venice – first impressions

  1. I was conceived either in Florence or Venice. My parents could never decide. Thank you for sharing your trip! I hope to drag the husband there some day. ❤️

    • It took some time for Deb to drag me over here … but now we’ve started traveling … it’s quite addictive.

      Thanks for the comment.

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