Carnevale a Venezia
Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
23Trip End Apr 30, 2010
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We spent all day Sunday exploring the city, and did the same on Monday until 5 when we took our bus back to the airport. Beyond the regular stops at the Bridge of Sighs, which was horribly disfigured by advertising (see image...), Piazza S. Marco, and Ponte Rialto, we found many other incredible buildings and feature in the city
One thing I was very surprised at way the utter lack of night life. We all assumed that during Carnevale especially, people would be roaming around the city at all hours, but everything shut down by 11! So we ended up just walking around looking for people, but St Marks was empty, as was any other Piazza we found. It was still nice though, as the city is extremely photogenic. It's also surprisingly clean, without much of the odor issues that I was warned about. In reality, Venice is actually much cleaner than most of Rome; on our walks back to the apartment at night, we would constantly run across cleaning teams with brooms sweeping the paths.
In general, it was obviously a lot of fun, and mostly because we didn't have to actually do anything. It was such a nice break to just be able to walk around the city with no real goal or time-line, unlike what we do in Rome.
Definitely my most enjoyable weekend yet! I think my next trip won't be until spring break when I go to Paris and Chamonix for a week. Money's a little tight, but I'm still looking at a couple of weekend trips, at least to Pompeii and Florence. I'll keep you all informed!
A pił tardi!
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