First, I want to apologize to anyone who loves Venice. I tried to love it, I truly did. But I need to say why I hated Venice.
Venice was a city that gave my hopes up, it was one the cities I was looking most forward to seeing and I think that is where my first mistake was. Furthermore, you see all the Instagram worthy photos of how beautiful and gorgeous Venice is, but I saw right through that facade as soon as I arrived. Here are some of the reasons that I was not impressed.
I spent too much time in Venice
I was here for two days and I even cut my experience in Venice short by traveling to Lido. Lido involved a relaxing day on the beach, but honestly the water was so disgustingly warm like bath water that it wasn’t refreshing when you needed to cool down from the summer heat. Not to mention, there is literally nothing to do in Venice except shop for expensive trinkets and eat which in all honesty, Venice didn’t have the best food after traveling to Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Naples, and Florence.
Sure, you have some of the beautiful views and able to capture some of the beautiful images you saw from instagrammers or travel blog influencers, but is that all that this city has to offer, is its good looks? Where is the personality here?
Venice is a Romantic City
Unfortunately for me, I didn’t travel with a significant other and I didn’t have one at the time. You walk around the streets seeing couples together and feel only more disgusted of being there. Maybe I would like it more if I had a significant other with me. However, I am not sure that it would necessarily change my thoughts on this place. I am happy on my own and never felt the need to have a partner to fulfill that happiness, but I did feel that this city did not cater to the single ladies or gentlemen out there.
It was Over Priced
You have the gondola rides which are supposed to be romantic. Additionally, you have the guy sing while he pushes you away. However, the gondola rides are extremely overpriced with about $40-60 per half hour. The food was expensive and not nearly as good as the food in Rome, Naples, or the Amalfi Coast. If you didn’t want to walk, transportation was more expensive with a water taxi, water bus, or gondola.
It was Over Crowded
I had been all over Italy and Venice was one of my last stops for the trip. Consequently, we ended up visiting Italy in a very high touristy time in early August. Traveling to get anywhere in Italy is by walking aimlessly through the cobblestone streets, take a water bus with various stops, or the expensive water taxi or gondola ride. When taking the water bus, they pretty much squeeze you together into this bus. It takes a very long time to get around and it is completely crowded.
What did you think of Venice?