I spent some time in Italy during March. It was amazing, and Venice was by far my favorite city.
It seemed haunted. There are less than 60,000 people living in Venice with over 11 million tourists there. The natives are the minority.
In our 5-city tour, weather was the worst in Venice. It was pouring rain, it was cold, my feet were wet, and I was utterly captivated by its history, canals, narrowness, and viscosity. And yes, viscosity is a completely acceptable term for describing Venice. It’s unlike anywhere I’ve ever been, untouched by modern architecture with no cars and no air pollution and completely and utterly unique.
But Venice also has an expiration date. It’s sinking, its art needs restoring, and it floods consistently, putting its businesses in danger. Which, when you think of it, contributes to its hauntedness.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that Venice is tragically awesome. And I love it.