Last weekend, I went to Venice with two of my friends. I stayed at a resort on an island away from Venice and we took a 20 minute boat ride to Venice each day. It was interesting to experience first hand the way that Venetians navigate their city. As I commuted in and out of Venice by water each day, I saw how living there and living in London could not be more different. I ride the tube or the bus or Uber to school each day and to whatever I’m doing on weekends and that weekend I didn’t see one road. I rode from the airport to St. Mark’s Square on a water bus and walked the paths over and around the canals each day and never saw one car.
I didn’t think that the food was all that great in Venice. After visiting Rome, where I thought the food was impeccable, I expected the food in Venice to be amazing as well, even though I knew they would be different. However, I was disappointed and I think this speaks to how geography can change food so much. Rome is so much further south than Venice which can affect the flavors of foods like tomatoes. Additionally, the evolution of the ways that certain foods are made is different; pizza wasn’t as good for me in Venice as it was in Rome, but this is probably because I love Neapolitan and Rome is much closer to Naples and pizza is a more similar style.
Honestly, I did not think there was very much to do in Venice. Although it is seen as more of a cultural city, I didn’t think that the city actually had that much culture outside of the canals. There was a lot of shopping and Italian leather and there was the food, but everything else was associated with the canals. I liked the architecture of St. Mark’s Cathedral but after looking at buildings and canals once and walking the city in one day, there was no place to really dive deeper into the culture in places like museums.