Venice is one of those places one dreams about visiting. It’s a bucket list destination full of legends, art, myths and plenty to explore!
If you are heading to Venice, here are a few things to remember before you hit the road…. I mean lagoon.
There are no cars allowed on Venice. No cars. This means you need to take a train, or boat to the city. Trains arrive on the main island through Santa Lucia station. Planes are at the Marco Polo airport, where the train or a bit can be taken into the lagoon. If you have a car leave your car parked and take the ferry to Venice, Lido or other island.
Take the Gondola ride! It’s expensive but worth every second. You wouldn’t go to Paris and miss the Eiffel Tower, don’t miss the Gondolas!
Travel in the off season! Avoid the crowds and have a better time. Go in the fall or early spring to see more with less chaos.
Learn a little. Pick up a book or two before you go and learn some about the rich history of Venice. This will bring everything you see more to life.
Get off the main island. If you have time, get out and explore the Venice Lagoon islands such as Burano and Murano for charming villages and awesome art. If a beach is more your style, head to Lido.
If you are studying in Florence it is likely you will find yourself in Rome for at least one weekend. This is a must for any trip to Italy and an absolutely wonderful experience.
So, when in Rome…
DO take photos with the men in Gladiator or Roman Guard uniforms. They will give you a fond memory and make your family and friends laugh!
DON’T eat in the heavy tourist areas, if you have the time seek out a place off the beaten path, do it. This is a reality for all of Italy, look around and find a smaller family-owned “locals eat here” place. The food, service, and most likely the prices will be much better!
DO join a tour, if you go to the big tourist areas, especially on the weekends the guides will be a bit more, BUT they get you in much sooner, and you learn…
In the summer of 2013 I decided to do my study abroad in Italy, and more specifically in Florence. As a person deeply intrigued by history and the art and changes of the Italian Renaissance there was really no better city in the world I could pick to live in for six weeks. So I signed up for a program that sent me to the Santa Reparata International School of Art where I took a class for fun in Modern Italian History and a class for knowledge in the Italian Fashion Industry, maybe I got it backwards.
While in Italy I learned more than I thought humanly possible about the culture, food, people, history, art, characters, politics and many other stories that have shaped Italy in the past and continue to shape it today. What was most intriguing for me was how honest the Italian people felt. They were honest about their vanity, honest about their lust, their passion, their vulgarity and their existence as what they were and what they are today. Though eccentric or even crazy to some people; I found Italians to be a truly great people, willing to welcome you into their lives and take you into their hearts at any moment. They are benevolent in their stories, regardless of the embarrassment or secrets hidden in them. They also want you to become just a little bit Italian, and will do anything to make sure you understand, La Dolce Vita.
These photographs, mostly taken in secret, reflect what I felt and experienced in Italy, I hope they give you a similar sense of passion and love that i feel about them. Thanks for viewing.
The following video clip is a trailer for a documentary that is being made of Calcio Fiorentino or Calcio Storico. For more information on the match and more video clips visit their official website. The video is for educational and contextual purposes only.