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Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

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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.

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Wandering 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.

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice on Foot

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.

Getting Lost: Exploring Venice On Foot

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Riana Ang-Canning

Friday 30th of August 2019

Going to be in Venice in a couple of weeks and so excited to just get lost on the streets! Once the crowds thin out, it looks magical!

Lauren

Friday 30th of August 2019

Yes! Sooo magical! Enjoy your trip! We really want to go back to Venice soon, too!

Anda

Monday 5th of March 2018

If you have never been in Venice it's hard to believe it has such a big labyrinth of streets besides the canals. We've been there once with our son who has an excellent sense of orientation. But for him, I think we would have been lost forever in Venice! Actually, I would have liked that (lol!)

Nigel & Jane

Monday 10th of April 2017

Just back from from a trip to Venice two weeks ago and we would endorse everything you said. Which is why it's my (Nigel's) favourite city in the world ... http://wp.me/p7ezGr-2nx

Sreeram@backpackways

Wednesday 10th of February 2016

Venice is undoubtedly one of my favorite cities in the world. Awesome pics.

Marta Cunha Grilo

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

Venice is such a picturesque city! When I was there I also decided to explore the city by foot. It's stunning as well and you can see everything.

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