One thing I love about Italy is how easy and relatively cheap it is to city hop. Venice for example is more or less a two-hour direct train from Verona. Having said that, it’s best to buy tickets in advance or book it online to avoid long queues. Make sure you validate your ticket as well before hopping on the train if you bought it from the station (machines are found at the platforms). We realised this the moment we sat down yet decided to act on it just before the train leaves. So there was my friend running for her life with a minute to spare then there was me freaking out with worst case scenarios running through my head. If you can avoid that risky business, that would be great.

But I digress, I’m not here to talk about trains. Back to Venice aka the most spontaneous slash super last-minute trip I’ve embarked upon in awhile.

If you don’t like crowds, you’re in for a nasty treat. The city is rammed with tourists which should not come as a surprise but the sheer amount left me gobsmacked and disorientated – go to Piazza San Marco and you’ll see what I mean.

You can get by without a map, in fact, we preferred getting lost the whole afternoon and explore its quieter nooks and crannies. You will see signs plastered on the walls for significant places of interest such as Piazza San Marco and Rialto. If all else fails, find the nearest water bus service stop and navigate your way around the city using its map, as we did and it worked, for the most part.

Anyway, some far from unique photos:




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