YES! It is possible to walk in Venice. Though this city of islands’s main roads are actually canals and primary transportation mode is by boats, still, there are streets and alleyways for where one can meander along the waterways and cross over the many pretty Venetian bridges in tranquility.
Needless to say, one can also get to discover more local delights and stumble upon one too many refreshing sights of Venice, that one might miss by just taking the watertaxi or bus.
Venice certainly warrants more than one trip as I found out for myself. The first time I was in Venice was during winter for the Carnival. As you might have guessed, the sky was pretty grey and it was raining throughout. The water level rose and spilled over to flood the streets. However, despite the weather and chilly temperature, Venice still exudes a wintery charm, like a distant and proud aristocrat, so unattainable, yet so pretty, mysterious and alluring at the same time.
True enough, in the words of Jacopo Sansovino, Italian scrulptor and architect whose important works included that in Piazza San Marco in Venice itself :
“It is held by some that this word VENETIA signifies VENI ETIAM, that is, come again, and again, for however oft you come, you will always see new things, and new beauties.”
Venice remained in my heart and mind until I decided to make a return trip in spring time to rediscover this city. But this time, I went around by foot instead. Indeed, Venice did not quite look the same as the previous time I was there. She was brighter (thanks to the sun and cloudless sky), though the city was as busy as it was in winter.
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Get armed with a 2.50 euro map which can be bought at newstands and you can be well on your adventure! (Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to have any free Venice map available).
Do spend at least 2 nights in Venice as there are many things to see. Do not rush to everywhere within 1 or 2 days, for the sake of “I have seen Venice” goal. One might have “seen” superficially, but how much does one understand the city and her locals? Unless a next trip back to Venice is already in mind.
Do spare time to chill by the canals, getting a nice tan or sipping caffé or wine and having a meal à l’extérieur. Transportation-wise, simply take the waterbus to make a tour in and about Venice. Not forgetting that you also can take leisure strolls in the many small alleyways whenever you decide to be away from the hordes of other tourists. Of course, if you are feeling more generous, take the gondola and hear the glorious stories of Venice as you sail down the canals.
Otherwise, if you are tight for time, this is a good reason to come back another time perhaps in a different season to see the difference in the charm she exudes.
Be prepared to fall in love.
Si, ci tornerò sicuramente, e si?