Venice by night is magical. Traveling on a vaporetto along the Grand Canal, I’m mesmerized at the sight of all the architecture lit up against the night sky. The air is still and the wind blows just enough to cause a chill against my face. The daytime sounds of the crowds now take on a quieter tone.
The Rialto Bridge is such an iconic sight, and even at night, tourists can be seen on the bridge. I wonder if it’s ever totally devoid of people. Maybe at five in the morning.
The city of dreams, the city of love, Venice is a romantic city. Just wander through St. Mark’s Square close to midnight, where couples stroll arm in arm, or stand still, locked in a lovers’ embrace. The sounds of the live orchestras at Caffè Florian, Caffè Quadri, and Caffè Lavena create the ambience made for romance.
The historic city with a population of only 50,000 citizens, attracts between “25 to 30 million foreign visitors per year, according to the Italian tourist bureau”. Less than a third of them stay overnight in Venice. In 2017 alone, 1.4 million cruise passengers from hundreds of cruise ships descended on Venice as day trippers. on hundreds of ships came to Venice in 2017. Is it any wonder more local Venetians are moving out of the city every year?
I prefer going to Venice and staying for three or four nights and really enjoying the city, especially at night.
What about you? Any thoughts from your own experiences?
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