Venice was my first introduction to Italy, a country I have been wanting to visit for years. There was a high expectation of something amazing as I touched down in the city, and the four days I spent there definitely lived up to everything I hoped it would be and more.
I picked up three postcards from Venice, though I could have easily left with every postcard I saw – there’s just so much I love about this little city! One of the main attractions in the city is San Marco Square, where you can find the impressive San Marco Basilica. Stunning architecture both inside and out, I enjoyed seeing this church from a number of different angles. The view from Palazzo Ducale was one of my favourite, and when I spotted this postcard I had to grab it to remind me of the view I hadn’t been able to snap on my camera.
One of my favourite things I saw in Venice, aside from the crazy amount of canals and maze of streets, was Doge’s Palace, also known as Palazzo Ducale. All I’d read before going really hadn’t done the place justice, and having studied law at university I really enjoyed visiting the historical legal chambers and prisons. Wandering around the complex, the architecture is absolutely amazing, as you’d expect from a place of such importance to the city, and I had to pick up a postcard to remember it.
Another feature of Doge’s Palace is the Bridge of Sighs. It’s one of the top things to see in Venice, and although pretty to look at from outside, the true reason for the bridge is so much more interesting. Doge’s Palace was once the heart of the city, holding the Parliament, legal proceedings and home of the Doge. In the building on the other side of the canal were the prison cells, and the Bridge of Sighs connected the two buildings. It was called the Bridge of Sighs, as it was said that prisoners would sigh as they crossed it, taking in their last sight of the canal and lagoon. This kind of thing absolutely fascinates me, so of course I had to get a postcard of the inside of the bridge!
Although I only picked up three postcards – such restraint! – there was so much I loved about this city that couldn’t be captured in a postcard. Walking among the maze of buildings, checking all the carnival masks, enjoying a cup of coffee, tucking into all the amazing food, the list really could go on forever.
Find out what I got up to in Venice here.