Ahhh Venezia … if you haven’t been you simply must go. This is a city of water, wonder, love and so much romance. But be careful. There is not a map in existence that truly charts her streets, as my fiancee and I discovered … ! That however, just makes it all the more romantic. You can get lost in Venice and be assured of your safety upon her islands. Venice has the lowest crime rate in Europe, and therefore the smallest police presence. She is …. goodness words fail me …. She, Venice, is the shear definition of grace, elegance and unique beauty.
I have been twice now, and I would go again this afternoon if I could. I just Love Venice. We went in April. Lovely temperature and not too busy. Although if you truly want to see St Marks square, and the surrounding architectural wonders, you have better do it at 7 am. In these early morning hours there is no one about but the dedicated staff who service Venice in all her unique needs.
That is quite a sight. To see linen, deliver to the hotels by boat. The bars and restaurants stocked, papers delivered. All necessities met, by boat. And It only happens in the early morning, before the gondolas, water taxis, and water buses take their fairs.
Did you know that to be a gondolier you must study and pass exams on all manner of subjects regarding Venice? I am not sure if singing or chatting up young ladies is part of the curriculum. But they all seem to excel at both the later subjects all the same!
Water taxis are my favourite. To be driven down the waters of the grand canal under in the moonlight is exquisite. It is the closest I have felt to being a movie star.
Now to Hotels
What struck me most about the hotels were the staff. The elegance they exude in their work is mesmerizing. Never an attitude, and never ever subsidiary. Just pride and dignity. The hotels themselves are just as you would imagine too – Gorgeous. Our second stay was in the Palazzo Barbarigo a dark sultry extravaganza. Most of the hotels have a water entrance. So when you arrive from the airport or train station, you simply Must take a water taxi. You can then be received on the private pier of your chosen hotel. Its an experience I wish for every April.
And the retail therapy ?
The shop owners and assistants are just as fabulous. Intelligent and engaging, but never overbearing. When I asked what made them so much more refined than the usual sales people and shop assistants in other city’s around the world. They explain with great simplicity and friendly pride that they are from long ancient lines of tradesmen. Tradesmen who were more than used to doing business with many diverse nationalities.
Makes sense when you know the history of Venice !
There is so very much more I could say here. There is so very much more I want to do there! Venice is a city on water. A gem in the Mediterranean, that no other place in the world can compare with.