Venice, The Only Pedestrian City in the World

I took a train from Pisa Centrale station and got off at Venezia Santa Lucia train station. It’s the end point and the last stop for all trains heading to Venice. There were vaporetti¬†and water taxis at the front of the station but as always, decided that walking was my best option.

Water Taxis
Water Taxis and Gondolas

Rialtine, the main part of Venice is actually pretty small. The absence of cars makes exploring Venice randomly by walking a pleasant experience. Just be careful, it’s easy get lost. I just kept walking along the Canal Grande, always tried to remember where I came from when exploring the side alleys. The abundance of shops that sell gelato for 1 – 2 Euro per scoop is godsend. I would hardly survive the hot summer day without them.

And then there’s Rialto, a¬†sestiere famous for its market and bridge. Rialto Bridge is one of the most recognizable icons of Venice with a history that spans for over than 800 years.

The view from Rialto Bridge
The view from Rialto Bridge

Southeast of Rialto is the San Marco Square where most tourists flock to. Some of the most magnificent buildings in this area are Basilica di San Marco , Doge’s Palace and the Procuratie buildings. And it’s actually possible to get up the Bell Tower / Campanile di San Marco to see Venice from a different perspective.

Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Venice at night
There’s something magical about Venice at night
Ponte di Rialto, Venice

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