Venice: Details count

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We’re used to using our finger not the moon.  So you can imagine what it’s like getting to a new and different city like Venice for the first time.  You’ll be bewildered and stunned. Different from all other cities yet it will seem familiar since you’ve seen it so many times in the movies or in pictures on Facebook.

So that you aren’t overwhelmed by it’s endless beauty or have your dreams crushed by high expectations, you need to see Venice with the right pair of eyes, possibly by starting with the particulars. The Grand Canal is beautiful. Piazza San Marco is incredible. Alright. But don’t be afraid to concentrate on the details, on the little things: a strange writing on the nizioleto (signs located on the walls around Venice), an old passageway, a rusty aged street lamp, or a dim light reflecting in the canal water during a cold winter night.

Approaching Venice with discretion will let you uncover different things in the city:  For example a century-old kiosk hidden behind a fence (Like the San Francisco della Vigna one), an inscription where a famous artist or poet once lived (Marco Polo and Goldoni are just some of the many), or simply discovering the backside of the many palaces and buildings in Venice.

This is the spirit: don’t just stop on the most popular attractions or obvious ones.  Don’t look at Venice with the same eyes that the millions of tourists have every year; rather take advantage of the opportunity to see past a superficial visit without making major changes to your trip. It takes just a little to change perspective.  Choose a less frequented road, like the alleyway to the left that no one is in that ultimately takes you to the same place.

To appreciate these details you’ll need more time: Being rushed in Venice is horrible. The anxiety you might have if you miss out on something, like a beautiful palace or getting in to a museum could put a damper on your trip. So it might be best to sit on the many benches that surround the Venetian squares, take a big deep breath and observe the impeccable stone pavement, the perfectly heterogeneous facades, or the loud silence of history. 

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