That famous dreamy canal ride you’ve seen in countless movies and shows happens here. But they aren’t cheap and if you want signing, flowers, and the whole ordeal, be prepared to pay some loot.
While we could have hopped on one, we found wandering the narrow halls and streets more attractive. Sometimes getting lost and finding our way back out was rather enjoyable as we would discover numerous hidden gems, places, and things. In reality, the canal rides are a fun attraction/activity, but if you want to really explore Venice, Italy, you’ve got to get off your butt.
Starting with a tasty coffee at Caffe del Dodge, we’d get caffeinated and wander around exploring Venice. It takes about a day and a half to scout everything if you’re a faster walker and don’t get sucked into the shops. Speaking of shops, be prepared to be bombarded with tourist traps; they are literally everywhere and sell the exact same stuff as the shop next door. It’s truly nauseating and, in my opinion, takes away from the authenticity of Venice. However, with so much foot traffic and tourists pumping money into the local economy, it is what it is…
Aside from getting lost in the concrete jungle or maze, walking alongside the vast sea was one of my second favorite parts. Of course, the boat ride in and out of Venice was delightful as well. When you get worn down by all the shops and people packing the narrow streets, venture away, and you’ll find beautifully maintained gardens and parks.