My favourite city.
By Gary Marsh
January 29, 2017 8:49am CST
I am surprised I have never written about the most beautiful city in the world. Although many may disagree with me but my most favourite place of all to visit is Venice. Venice is a collection of islands. in fact a collection of 117 little islands in the Adriatic sea. The islands are connected by 409 bridges and walkways but essentially there are hundreds of canals that are used in a similar way as roads. The canals lead to the houses and Palaces where people lived. Some of these palaces were quite opulent.The foundations of the buildings are built on stilt like wood that support the building. The wood used is Alder wood which tends not to rot in the water. Some of these wooden piles are hundreds of years old. Venice is sinking mainly due to the tidal flow of water which has washed away some of the sand and silt but also the many boats that cause a wash to pound against the buildings. In some areas, the speed limit is reduced to reduce the devastation on the buildings and foundations. There are some other islands within the Venice Lagoon which are important in their own rights. For example, Murano is famous for its glass and pieces can be very expensive indeed. It is amazing to watch glass being formed into intricate shapes by the artisan. To travel around Venice is quite unique there are water buses, Gondola and water taxis that will take you wherever you wish to go. The police ambulance and fire brigade all have their own boats which can move pretty fast around the city and its 177 canals. Deliveries are made by boat too. It is stunning to have breakfast on a balcony of a hotel along the grand canal watching Venice come to life. Seeing people going about their daily business and going to work. On the tiny islands, there are small alleyways that are like an ant nest and each time you turn a corner you are treated to amazing sights. The main tourist attraction of Venice is of course, the Piazza San Marco housing San Marco Basilica, San Marco Bell tower, The Doges palace and St Marks square. Here the square is surrounded by pavement cafes usually with an accompanying small orchestra where you can pay around £17 pound for a coffee. You pay for the music being provided by the band whether you like it or not. This tourist trap is certainly something to avoid because if you go through the back streets of Venice there are some delightful and cheaper trattoria where the prices are much cheaper and less painful on the wallet. Between 09:00 and around 17:00 the islands are invaded by tourists who come in by train, car and from the masssive cruise ships. However before and after this time when they all head back to wherever they came from you are left to enjoy and soak up the atmosphere of Venice. I will write a few articles on different things in Venice to see if I can persuade you that it is a beautiful place. So now I have told you my most favourite city in the world. Where is yours and what do you find so special about it?
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• Los Angeles, California
I probably have not been to enough major cities of the world to really judge. Stockholm is nice. Rome not so nice. I love Paris but that's because of history and just liking French stuff. Perhaps the loveliest city I have been to is Amsterdam with the canals and wonderful quaint old buildings.
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• United Kingdom
It is quite funny how each of us form our own opinions about different places. I love to soak up the culture of each place I visit. The food, the smells, the culture, the architecture and the people make these places unique. If you liked Amsterdam I think you would fall in love with Venice.
It sounds fascinating and I would love to see the "Tiny Islands" I can see why its your favorite. I don't have a favorite, I have traveled around the US, Canada, and the islands in the Caribbean but not outside of that. I loved every city and town I visited.
@topffer Go there like a tourist and you will be happy. We were finally respected "a little bit", when we moved to France and went to Italy with a "non Italian" plate. It is well known that Italians respect more the others than their own population.
• Manchester, England
@garymarsh6 I went while I was young and took a girl with me, so it was imperative to take her in a gondola. I could not take a lady to Venice without having a gondola ride, so if I could not have afforded it at the time I would have taken her to Spain or Greece instead.
• Bunbury, Australia
Your post bought back some lovely memories of walking down alleyways barely wide enough for us and our wheeled cases. We sat on the balcony and watched the 'garbage boats' picking up rubbish here and there. We watched three and four gondolas manoeuvring their way past each other round a corner. It's an amazing place.
Our conducted tour of Europe took us to a few cities in Italy and Venice was one of them I particularly liked those water buses which was kind of a new experience. Who can forget St.Marks Square with pigeons sitting all over us pecking at the feed right from our hands. I can go on and on. The only thing I did not try was that gondola ride as I found the water to be dirty.
• United States
I have not traveled much but did grow up in an outer borough of New York City so I guess that would have to be my choice. Traveling was never in the cards for me which I regret when I read so many interesting things here from world travelers. Venice sounds amazing & you gave a nice guided tour with your post.
• South Africa
Venice is one of my favourite cities as well and luckily I have been there twice and hopefully visit it one more time. I found my hubby to be too hasty while going through Venice and he forgot to see every little detail in the bridges, the waterways, the frame work of the windows, the smells of the coffee shops and deli's - one has to do Venice slowly . . . soak up all it has to offer. The fish market made me a little queasy
• United Kingdom
Oh yes. The fish market is hundreds of years old. I think the smell of the fish is hundreds of years old too! An unforgettable smell but yes you need to absorb everything about Venice the sights the smells the sounds and the feel. All your senses kick into play in this beautiful city!
• United States
I've always wanted to visit Venice! It seems absolutely breathtaking! :-) I was born in Germany and they have some gorgeous cities. Bamberg is the city I was born in and the building are beautiful. Some of them have statues and paintings on the side. :-)
I like Florence, I like Rome, but I have never liked Venice. I have been there several times and every time I have this feeling of sadness inside me as soon as I put my foot there. All the chandeliers in the apartment of my mother are made with Murano glass, she loves.
• Riga, Latvia
Haven't traveled that much. My hometown is NYC and that is saying a lot. As much as I want to return or visit NY again one day my absolute favorite place is where I spent my happiest childhood summers in the Catskill Mountains. I do find your post on Venice interesting so I will look forward to reading more from you.
• Asheville, North Carolina
You make Venice sound so wonderful. My favorite city is Galway, Ireland. I don't know why - it's been years since I was there. In the United States, I like San Francisco. I lived there for many years and it was great.
• El Paso, Texas
Places here are so far apart that all I actually know is El Paso and the surrounding area .... so far I don't like cities at all, I do however love my mountains and have found Ruidoso NM to be pleasing. Did you take that picture? It's really beautiful .