We were in Italy last week with Jordanka and Nikola. We planned this trip together months ago. Since most of us were mostly interested in Venice and Florence, we decided to visit these cities. The first stop was to Venice. We took Ryanair from Gothenburg to Milan. When we arrived at Bergamo Airport, we rented a car and headed to Venice. Jordanka is our ‘driver’ in Sweden, Barış needed to keep track on the GPS and read the maps, and Nikola starts to sleep immediately when he is in a vehicle, so it left us one option – I would be the driver!
Although it was dark and I had no idea about the Italian motorways, it was extremely easy to drive to Venice. The motorway that is very close to the airport ends exactly at the border of Venice, so it was just driving straight. We arrived in Venice in the middle of the night, left the rental car and found a ferry to the center. We had hired an apartment from Airbnb some weeks ago. The only thing left was finding the apartment. Venice was so confusing with all the small streets and bridges, but the apartment had a nice location, so it was not hard to find.
I was 13 years old when I first visited Italy. It was a trip with my family. At that time I was too young to appreciate the history and the beauty of the country. Barış and I had been to Milan and Rome two years ago, but I was really excited to see Venice and Florence again after all those years.
The next morning we woke up early and started to explore Venice immediately. Jordanka’s huge book about Italy and Barış’s maps helped us to walk around without getting lost and be aware of all the facts and figures about Venice. The first day was just walking around, getting to know the city. We left the museum visits for the next day.
There are six main islands in Venice. All the islands are connected to each other with small bridges. There are so many canals around all those islands. It is impossible to walk straight for some time without passing through a canal and a bridge. The biggest flat area is Piazza San Marco.
It was around 34C degrees, and it was feeling so warm, especially after Sweden. Since the whole city is in water the humidity was very high as well.
Venice was so different to any other cities I’ve visited in Europe; it was very special. I love old and narrow streets. That’s probably why I loved Barcelona as well, but Venice was different. Maybe because it is an island, as soon as you step in Venice, romance and beauty is everywhere. The whole city is like a labyrinth. I don’t remember how many small streets and bridges we walked through. Every corner has a different view, every street is different from the others. Gondolas make a big contribution to the beautiful view of the canals.
The tap water was drinkable in the city. This made everything much easier for us, since we constantly needed to drink water because of the heat. There were small fountains in every square, so we kept filling in our bottles at every one like everybody else.
There were lots of art pieces around the city as a part of Venice Biennale. My favorite work was the Ukrainian Pavilion. It was a triangle with three surfaces facing different directions. Each surface had a figure from some distance. These figures were made by colored eggs. Both were big figures and the figures on the eggs were so nice. I spent a long time trying to check every single egg.
We watched the sunset on one of the beautiful bridges. The view all around the city was so nice in every hour of the day. We walked for the whole day and were so tired in the evening. We ate pizza at a nice restaurant and tried different Italian ice cream. Then we sat by the seaside and enjoyed the view a bit more. We went to bed immediately when we got back home to power up for the next day.