"Truly a City of Beauty and Romance" Venice by mrclay2000

Venice Travel Guide: 8,290 reviews and 21,969 photos

One of the truly great urban splendors

From the moment you arrive, whether by car or train, the living image of Venice removes everything you thought you knew of the city from photos and guidebooks. There is mystery and romance and flair in a sprawling but local society of majestic and lesser churches and hotels nestled amid the hundred-odd isles which compose Venice.

On the other hand, the deeper you penetrate the more you come to realize something a little askew about Venice. The resting gondolas are meant to be viewed as postcards. The gondoliers are worse than used car salesmen. There are generally more tourists here than locals regardless of the season. For all its wealth and renown, once the Mistress of the Mediterranean, there are only four superb vistas and they all figure from the Grand Canal: the view eastward from Rialto Bridge, the view eastward from Accademia Bridge, the views from the edge of the Piazzetta and balcony of San Marco, and the overall view of the city from the campanile of San Marco.

On the first hand, what city anywhere can compare with Venice?

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Enchanting City of 100 Isles
  • Cons:A Commercial Veneer over the Modern City
  • In a nutshell:Romance and Beauty
  • Last visit to Venice: Mar 1996
  • Intro Updated Jan 8, 2003
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  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    AAAAAaaahhh!!! Venice ... the city where we had our honeymoon! Nice page ... thanx for sharing.

  • Packerman's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2005 at 11:59 AM

    Just got a little nostalgic for Venice and thought I would tour it through your page. Very helpful tips and good pictures. You need to go back again soon!

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2005 at 12:40 PM

    BIG Birthday today huh Mike?? It only gets better. Have a wonderful 40th! Your take on Venice is refreshing. Hope they can keep it from sinking entirely.

  • jelw's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2005 at 6:11 PM

    Wonderful informative style. So helpful.

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2004 at 1:17 PM

    Nice views on Venice ! ou have to visit it once ! Greets from Belgium

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2004 at 7:28 AM

    I had wanted to ride in a Gondola but didn't qualify for the loan I needed to ride in one!! haha Venice sure is a beautiful city which you have captured very well here!!

  • Jeannette1's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2004 at 11:18 PM

    I enjoyed your page very much. I was in Venice in October and your pics bring back wonderful memories. Great photos and interesting historical facts. Jeannette

  • janiac's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2004 at 3:55 PM

    Hopefully I'll get to Venice soon, great page, very helpful

  • mim95's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2003 at 10:36 AM

    Great tips and very good photographs that really capture the beauty of Venice!

  • Imaniac's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2003 at 4:57 AM

    Ahhh Venice, yet another amazing city in Italy. Thanks for the pics and the memories.


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