Venice by night
Venice would have to be one of the most intriguing cities I have been to. I was fortunate to spend 4 days exploring this incredible city. Even though this was not long enough. One thing I really enjoyed about Venice was the atmosphere at night. Being there close to summer (June) the air was balmy and people congregated in Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) to soak up the atmosphere. There are a number of restaurants in the square and there was a piano player and violinist playing classical music. People gathered for coffee and conversation from all over and strolled along the water’s edge in front of the Doge’s Palace. We admired San Marcos Basilica which looks even more beautiful at night as does much of Venice in my opinion. At the other end of the Piazza the Museo Correr was showing an exhibition of Klimt’s work during the day.
Along the shore looking out toward the glass-making island of Murano, gondolas bobbed up and down. Further along, the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute (the Basilica of St Mary of Health) with its intricate detail and large dome can be seen across the water. All the details of these old buildings really pop with the spot lighting against the darkness of night.
In other parts of Venice the streets become tighter and quieter. At night, it can feel like a maze and there are spots quiet streets you can find where you can feel like you are the only person in Venice (which can be a relief compared to the day crowds). Wandering down the many tight streets of Venice, quiet cafes and restaurants can be discovered and have that intimate charm not found in the busy Piazzas or main canal. Then, the streets lead back to the small bridges and canals to reveal couples and families taking gondolas through the rest of the city.
Over at the Rialto Bridge and main canal, the buzz of conversation and laughter returns. The main canal is full of brightly lit boats as are the restaurants. Jen and I enjoyed just hanging out and people watching from the bridge.
There are so many things to love about Venice and at night it becomes an even more magical place.
Tell me what you love most about Venice or you own city at night.