I have recently returned from Europe where my husband and I toured around Northern Italy before heading north to Estonia to see my family.
We got to spend two days in Venice, and it definitely lived up to the hype. It is an extraordinarily vibrant and beautiful city. We spent hours and hours wandering and getting lost in this maze of a city. It is refreshing to be in a city with no modern signage and limited billboards. It’s like going back in time.
Like most popular tourist destinations, Venice can somewhat be ruined by the immense amount of people visiting. Even in the off season it’s packed. However, if you want to experience this beautiful city without too many selfie sticks in your face and people pushing and shoving, you’ve got to be clever.
-Get out and about early – like 6-7am early, you’ll get nicer light too.
-Stay out late, most tourists are back in their hotels by 10pm.
-Get lost in the back alley’s and streets – there’s no one around, its great, most people stick to the popular areas around Piazza San Marco.
-Get out to the other Islands – there’s less people and they each have their own charm
-Be patient, if you see a shot you want but there’s too many people around, just wait and wait and wait and you’ll get it.
-And if you are stuck in the middle of the hysteria – embrace it and use people in your images.