Venice is an amazingly unique city, full of twisty streets, water transportation, and…tourists. It is absolutely FULL of tourists. Granted, my mom and I visited the city at the worst time of the year; a weekend in August is basically asking to be smothered in visitors wearing shorts and sporting cameras around their necks. And it didn’t help that we had just come from Slovenia, which is a country that boasts wide open spaces and mostly short lines.
But okay, can I really complain about Venice? I KNOW how ridiculous and privileged that sounds. I’m not ready to give up on the city, and I would love to return in, like, November or February and see if the experience is more enjoyable. But I cannot tell you how much the presence of tourists made the place feel cheap and fake. I mean, one night we returned to the hotel early to watch Heath Ledger in Casanova, because an ACTUAL fake Venice seemed more appealing than the real thing. Continue reading