I have a terrible sense of direction and I hate being lost. Not exactly a winning combination for a lone traveler on her way to Venice. Non the less, I was determined to go back.
Venice is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. A magical floating city, truly beautiful both in the day and the night. and for someone who loves being close to the ocean as much as I do… it’s a place where public transportation is not a slow, crowded bus, but a slow crowded boat! (Do I have to say anymore?)
Getting lost, disoriented, frustrated from walking in so many circles is all worth it for a few nights in Venice.
Of course you’ve heard of the tiny streets that change names halfway down, or the ones that don’t have names at all. and I’m sure you’ve heard of the oh-so-not-so-great signage they’ve got going on in Venice… Like the pic above (my pic, by the way).
So should you go to Venice?
Yes, trust me. It’s worth it. Go to Venice– take your smartphone, purchase the City’s wifi and GPS yourself back to the hotel at the end of the night! That’s what I did and it worked wonderfully! Yup, it’s that easy. The Wifi is available in all major Plaza’s and you can purchase it right from your phone. So go get lost in Venice. becasue when you’ve thoroughly had enough, you won’t have any trouble getting back to your hotel (hostel in my case).
I was so glad to have that function when I needed it. It allowed me to truly explore Venice without worry or inhibitions. Peace of mind! Using the GPS also worked out great because it took me down the small paths and side streets that only locals use. I wasn’t herded with the rest of the tourists down the main streets- but instead was rushed down dark little ally ways by locals. It was great. I saw a side of Venice that most tourists don’t get to see and I got to do it without worrying about how I’d get back.