Even though its surrounded by water, it’s best exploring Venice on foot.
Winding streets. Narrow alleyways. Archaic bridges over canals. It’s easy to get lost in Venice, and I encourage you to get lost when you visit. You should spend at least an afternoon, if not a day, exploring Venice on foot without any plans or maps. Don’t worry, you’ll never become entirely lost as you’ll eventually find your way back to a popular monument or recognizable space. When we walked all over Venice without any set plans, we stumbled upon the most interesting spots. We caught small glimpses into the daily lives of the locals, whether they were working away on projects or taking some breaks. We strolled past homes adorned with plants and flowers, and spotted charming windows and doors. Justin and I even managed to locate the bookstore that was on my list to check out, Libreria Acqua Alta.
As much as you might read about getting lost in Venice, every experience is completely unique. By exploring Venice on foot, you’ll likely see many different places than we did. You’ll make your own discoveries and other things will catch your eye. We feel like Venice is a place that we’d love to visit again and again. The city really captured our hearts and I’m sure we’ll eventually return.
Let us take you on our tour of getting lost in Venice. I won’t be able to describe where many of these places are found because…well, I’m not really sure. And for someone who meticulously plans every trip that we take, I actually kind of like it this way for a change.
We started at one of the most recognizable places in Venice, the Rialto Bridge, spanning the Grand Canal. It was under some construction when we visited in May of 2015. It was quite crowded in this busy city center, which may have motivated us to wander away.
As we walked away from the main tourist attractions, the crowds thinned out. The noise of the city lessened. Before long, Venice became a quiet place that we nearly had to ourselves at times. Hand in hand, we slowly sauntered from street to street, often taking the path less traveled. Some of the alleys were quite narrow, which meant walking in single file. Every turn became a new adventure. What would we see next? Would we find another short footbridge over a calm canal, or would we be awed by some intriguing architectural works?
We saw plenty in an afternoon meandering around town. It’s a free activity and a great way to get some exercise.
And eventually we made it back to a place that we recognized, hopped on a vaporetto, and headed back to our apartment. I don’t think we’ve ever purposefully tried to get lost when traveling anywhere else, especially when we’ve had a limited amount of time there. While there are some sights that you must visit in Venice, sometimes the best plans are to have none at all.
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Have you ever been lost on purpose anywhere?