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Getting lost in Venice

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Getting lost in a new place is not always a pleasant experience. Angry, anxious, somehow vulnerable are what we typically feel. But losing orientation in an amazing place like Venice is a completely different story.


 

Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you have seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more magical and dreamlike than you can imagine. The capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region is built on more than one hundred small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. With turquoise water shimmers everywhere, canals where streets should be and marble palaces and churches seemingly rise out of the water. All of these reflect centuries of history in what was an important trading centre between Europe and the Orient, and one of the greatest capitals in the medieval world.

Santa Maria della Salute
Santa Maria della Salute
Game of light and shadow at Palazzo Ducale
Game of light and shadow at Palazzo Ducale

With its maze-like alleys and narrow waterways snaking away from the bustling Grand Canal, Venice is the perfect place to get utterly lost. In fact, ask most people who have ever been there and they will recall with at least one anecdote about losing their orientation. It’s a mystery of Venice – a city that you can truly see, only by getting lost.

Venetian Mask
Venetian Mask
Somewhere in Venice
Somewhere in Venice

Along the way, I somehow discovered a wonderful little shop which sells fabulous masks and costumes, a glamorous cafe in Venetian style where drinks and sweets were gingerly served like hundreds of years ago, a church museum in which blueprints and replicas of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions are presented, as well as numerous picturesque scenes and corners. And the best part of getting off the beaten track is that we didn’t have to push through the tourists to make our way. But no matter how far did you get lost, the journey will inevitably end up in the Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or a Spritz. So, my best advice on exploring Venice: “Put down your map and get lost.”

Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco
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Practical Information:

  • Rolling Venice Pass is highly recommended for young visitors (14-29 years). It costs only 4€ but it grants discounted access to many attractions, plus eligibility for a 72-hour public transport pass for 18€ rather than the regular price of 33€.
  • Overall, accommodation in Venice main island is small and pricey, and if I remember correctly, you have to pay a relatively high city tax. Another option is to look for accommodation in Murano – the glassmaker island, where rooms are more spacious and you only have to pay a very low city tax.
  • A Venetian speciality which you should try is the Squid Ink Pasta. My Master was a bit reluctant to try it at first because of the black colour, but the dish at Rivalonga Restaurant in Murano turned out really tasty.
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Lạc giữa Venice

Bạn nghĩ gì khi nhắc đến Venice? Có lẽ ko ít người sẽ liên tưởng ngay đến hình ảnh của một thành phố nổi trên mặt nước với nhừng đền đài, cung điện bằng đá cẩm thạch, với những chiếc thuyền gondola trên nền nước màu xanh ngọc bích của vùng Địa Trung Hải. Venice – thủ phủ của vùng Veneto, miền Bắc nước Ý – đã quá nổi tiếng  và có lẽ ko cần phải viết thêm về vẻ đẹp của thành phố kì ảo này. Nhưng có một trải nghiệm mà tôi muốn chia sẻ với các bạn khi đến Venice đó là: lạc trôi.

Santa Maria della Salute
Santa Maria della Salute
Game of light and shadow at Palazzo Ducale
Game of light and shadow at Palazzo Ducale

Nếu bạn hỏi những người từng đến Venice, không ít người sẽ thừa nhận rằng mình đã từng lạc giữa Venice ít nhất một lần. Ở đây, những con hẻm đan xen với mạng lưới kênh rạch chằng chịt làm người ta dễ dàng mất phương hướng. Bị lạc ở một thành phố xa lạ nghe có vẻ chẳng hay ho gì. Nhưng lạc ở Venice lại là một câu chuyện hoàn toàn khác. Khi bạn lạc ở một thành phố như Venice, bạn sẽ thoát khỏi những con đường chật chội toàn du khách. Bạn sẽ có thể thỏa sức khám phá những con phố cổ hoặc những khoảng sân mang đậm chất Bắc Ý. Với tôi, nhờ đi lạc mà tôi đã tìm ra một cửa hàng bán mặt nạ và trang phục cổ, một quán cafe nhỏ theo phong cách Venice nằm gần một con kênh, một nhà thờ có chứa những bản blueprint các phát minh của thiên tài  Leonardo da Vinci, cũng như vô số những cảnh đẹp mà nếu không đi lạc thì có lẽ tôi sẽ ko bao giờ thấy được.

Venetian Mask
Venetian Mask
Somewhere in Venice
Somewhere in Venice

Nhưng cho dù lạc xa đến đâu, bạn cũng sẽ về đến quảng trường San Marco – trung tâm của Venice – nơi du khách và người địa phương tụ tập để uống một tách espresso hay một ly Spritz (cocktail khai vị đặc trưng ở Venice). Thế nên lời khuyên của tôi dành cho những ai thích khám phá Venice: “Hãy bỏ bản đồ xuống và lạc trôi đi.”

Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco
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54 Comments

    1. Len Kagami

      Even GoogleMap cannot help, so I gave up on map 🙂 There were a few occasions that I walked in circle for several times before I found the way out.

    1. Len Kagami

      I was there in May, middle of May I think. Actually it was raining cat and dog just a few minutes earlier. That’s why you do not see many people on San Marco Square 😉

  1. Angelina Hue 许以诗

    Getting lost in Venice is one of the best things to do if you have the time when you’re there. There’s much to be discovered beyond the main tourist drag and attractions. One just has to stray off the beaten path 😉

  2. fkasara

    Congrats on your post and point of view about visiting Venice: as an inhabitant of the Veneto region, I can tell you did the right thing. “Dancing” around the alley is the way to visit Venice 😉

  3. thesweatergiraffe

    I’m going to Venice this weekend and I have pretty much no formal itinerary – I can’t wait to get lost as well!

    1. Len Kagami

      You will enjoy it, especially if the weather is nice 🙂 But bring warm clothes because Venice is quite windy. The temperature might not so low but the wind will makes you feel much colder. Enjoy Venice 😉

  4. Forestwood

    Some stunning photos here, Len. I can see why people want to return to Venice, again and again. The domes of the Piazza would be a good central point to orientate oneself, I guess?

    1. Len Kagami

      That one is easy 🙂 But it becomes a challenge when the object is smaller, for example, the water bus stop. I saw it across the canal, but couldn’t find the way to go there. That’s the mystery of Venice, I guess 🙂

    1. Len Kagami

      Thank you for your compliment! After two visits, I found it’s the best way to explore Venice. Google Map does not work very well in this maze 😀

    1. Len Kagami

      While Venice is a mad house during the day, it is literally a ghost town at night. I used to get lost in some of the dark alleys, and I must admit I was freaking out 🙂 Not a single soul around, and the only thing I heard was my footsteps.

  5. writingroma

    I love getting lost, especially in Venice. Maybe my fondest memories of travel are from Venice. During my first visit, it was December and foggy. I wandered the streets hearing voices carry around the canals but never seeing anyone.

    1. Len Kagami

      That sounds mysterious 😉 I didn’t experience fog in Venice, but I did walk around at night. I must say it was a bit eerie. There was absolute silence and the only sound I could hear is my footstep. After running in circle for a few times, I found my way back to the hotel 😛

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