Hello, hi. Welcome back guys.
A lot has changed since the last post such as your girl officially finishing second year and being FREE FROM ACADEMICS (until October at least).
The second year of university really tested all areas of my strength, especially all that neuroscience stuff but we’re not here to focus on the negativity.
What’s important now is that I may commence living my best life, starting off with my solo trip to Italy. For you guys that have read my first post, you know solo travel was definitely something I wanted to do this year and well, here I am.
My plan for this trip is to visit Venice, it’s neighbouring islands and Verona. Naturally, I’m taking you all with me but if it was all in one post? We’d be here until kingdom come.
Nobody has time for that.
For the sake of not keeping y’all here reading an unnecessarily long post, I’m going to split the Italy trip into 3 posts.
I’m actually also going to start a travel series that I’ll update whenever I travel. I have a lot of Dora the Explorer type adventures planned this year so I’m excited to share that with you all.
Anyway, let’s begin with the first city on the list: Venice
Now something very important I learned about Venice from the jump, everything is water.
Y’all are confused right.
I promise you that as you walk around the city you will run into several little canals so if you have a fear of water? I’d take the most care.
Considering Venice is so heavily populated with rivers and canals, it makes perfect sense that its main form of transport is by either water bus or water taxi. Don’t get me wrong, you could probably take a different route and walk to wherever you want to visit (you will still run into a couple of canals though) which is what I did when I was headed to Piazza San Marco.
Note: Piazza San Marco is a big square in Venice. Home to multiple shops, cathedrals, the Campanile (tall tower giving you a great oversight view of Venice) and the Clocktower (that is beautiful! – they’ll be some pictures below).
I actually think walking to Piazza San Marco is a pretty good idea, it gave me plenty of opportunities to window shop and pick some stuff up. I saw a Sephora store and didn’t even think twice before entering and spending way more money than I needed to.
In my defence, there is no Sephora in London so I definitely got a bit too excited.
Anyway, I would recommend walking. Just know you’ll be walking for a pretty long while. Waterbuses are much faster and convenient so I’d recommend them on the way back to central Venice. I was really walking to San Marco for a long periological time and could have easily gotten lost if it wasn’t for Google Maps.
I don’t think I even had the energy to do the walk back either.
This is especially because the signs in Venice are terrible so you’re bound to make a wrong turn. I’ll let it slide though because the city itself is full of character that I love.
Honestly, though guys, some of the signs were handwritten on paper and just stuck somewhere.
So a tip I have for anyone planning a trip to Venice? Always look up for signs and directions, keep going in that direction until you see another one.
When I did eventually get to San Marco, it was very busy. For the right reasons of course, it had such beautiful architecture. Now I’m not even a sucker for things like that but Venice stole my heart.
Venice is scattered with cathedrals, each with their own different piece of artwork that makes them special. The picture in the middle is my favourite. That is St Mark’s Clocktower and it literally had a huge clock on the face of it.
Here’s the twist.
On the face of the clock are the 12 astrological signs. I used to be so obsessed with astrology, not like reading my horoscope and believing it but more so into the myths behind it and the Roman connection. It’s safe to say when I saw this, I was in absolute awe.
Following my little nerd moment, I decided to collect some more pictures of Venetian routes from St Mark’s Campanile, one of the tallest points in Venice. The charge was €8 and up you went to the top.
Now something I knew before getting into the tower, that apparently a lot of people didn’t (judging by the reactions) is that the Campanile (also known as the Bell Tower) rings.
Every hour, on the hour.
This means come 2pm, I was very much prepared.
I cannot say the same for others.
So yeah, keep that in mind guys. It’s loud.
Before I forget, I actually purchased a 72-hour bus pass in London before getting to Venice which I’d 100% advise. Paying for day passes and sometimes one-way passes can definitely add up. It’s nice knowing you can get as lost as you like and not have to pay for it.
I even ended up missing my stop and getting off after my hotel. The walk back looked long and I was just never going to do it, so I waited for another bus and got on without having to pay for my mistake.
But yeah, other than that Venice was beautiful with a great vibe. That’s it from me guys and I’ll catch you all in the next city on the list: Verona
with all my love,