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8 July 2016

Venezia

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Destination : Venice

Quite often considered a romantic destination, rest assured Venice is just as good an experience for solo travellers as it is for couples. And while it might be one of the world’s dreamier cities, taking in the beautiful surrounds is really only one part of the overall experience.

Consisting of 118 small islands, Venice is a city that floats on a lagoon. And the only means of transport here, is by foot or by boat. It’s like nowhere else in the world with picturesque canals, medieval and Moorish building fascades, mysterious corners, and much in the way of history, food, and culture to discover.

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You’ll probably grow weary of battling other visitors in the central sightseeing hubs, but the opportunity for respite is never far from reach. In fact, it’s easy to quickly escape the masses and lose yourself (quite literally) in the labyrinth-like streets where there’s always a surprise to find at every turn. Realistically, you could end up anywhere.

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Venice is a destination on the more expensive end of the travelling spectrum, but it’s not out of the question to holiday here for less. How? Accommodation prices are substantially lower further out of the city, and the transport system makes it a breeze to come and go as you please. Savings can also be made by choosing eateries away from the main visitor hotspots like the Grand Canal or packing meals to eat on the go, and there’s certainly no shortage of places to picnic.

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My highlights:

Eating freshly made pizza and sipping bellinis at sunset on a private pier
Exploring the surrounds from the water aboard the many public ferries
Handpicking gifts like Venetian glass bottles from beautiful boutiques
Watching the colour of the sky change hues over Piazza San Marco at dusk
Discovering local eating haunts tucked away in quiet alleys
Sitting by a small canal bridge with a book and marvelling at passing gondolas
Trying on Venetian masks that have been handcrafted by locals
Putting away the map and literally getting lost in the many winding streets

Have you ever visited Venice? Would love to hear about your experience below.

S x

WANDAW

Shantelle Rodman

A curation of lifestyle and travel through simplicity.

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