Venice Vanishing Affair

To be frank, I have to say that I find it super hard to write this post. There is this imaginary, Perfect Venice in everyone’s mind. Venice praised beyond reality. The spectacular Venice. The most beautiful city in the world. And then there’s me.

I used to. When I was a young and innocent Girl I always thought it would be in Venice where I would say “yes” to the popped question. This is no longer a valid dream. Not only because I’m neither young neither naive. But I think there are better places!

Venice is an amazing place. One of its kind. A rare species to play with worlds. A rare species endangered with extinction. I do agree with Thomas Mann. Venice is “half fairy tale and half tourist trap”. Maybe it’s my high expectations to blame for me not falling for the charm of this magical, misty and atmospheric city.

It is not like I hate it but there was something missing. Like two people who seem perfect for each other but there is no spark. And Venice seems like a perfect match for me. A great city with amazing architecture. A rich historical and cultural heritage. Awfully stroll-able and with amazing coffee served in the morning. The Peggy Guggenheim Museum should have done it for me on its own!

The breathtaking mix of Byzantine, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Creates a sui generis cityscape. Picturesque. Extraordinary. An artistic and structural masterpiece. It all goes without saying.

Venice is rotten, decayed, sinking, vanishing bit by bit every year. I’m sure there is something appealing about living in this city. I myself do feel sorry for the people leaving there. In this city of no progress, no chance and no future.
Impressive Venice

They say that nothing quiet prepares you for Venice and this is true. Nothing does. Standing in the middle of Piazza San Marco I can imagine this city being the centre of European culture. A leader in trade between Europe and the Orient and the trend-setter of its times.

The magnificent Basilica di San Marco. A living testimony to links with Byzantium. The glorious Doge’s Palace. The closed Clock Tower and Campanile – utter disappointment. All are spectacular. And that is only St. Mark’s Square.

Then you have the Grand Canal. Galleria della Academia. The Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Rialto and Cannaregio. Not to mention Lido or Murano. The ice cream is to die for. Razzle dazzle cafes and iconic gondolas to take you around intriguing waterways. But the closer you look the stranger and more putrid it becomes.

So while having lunch with my parents in Florian, which got prolonged until aperitivo time. I was completely lost in my thoughts. At first thinking about all those great times when Goethe, Byron or the Quardi boycotters were hanging around out here. Then about coming up with a new ‘perfect engagement place’.

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18 thoughts on “Venice Vanishing Affair

  1. Marta

    Hello to everybody!!! Venice is a real gem in the northern Italy.. built on water with small canals and his spectacular Gran Canal, surrounded by the lagoon.. A lovely place to visit! Better if you are guided by local experts that revel you all the anectodes of the city. LINK REMOVED!

    • Marta I think you meant anecdotes and just to inform you, I have removed your link from the comment, there are better ways to advertise yourself and get links to your website than such shameless commenting on posts related to Venice and Italy. But nevertheless wishing you good luck!
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  2. Tam

    I think it’s a city that you have to visit more than once to really appreciate it. I know that sounds silly but I know that on first visiting it, I had some very romantic ideas, which like yourself, didn’t seem to match up in reality but once you get past that you find something else. Now it’s one of my favourite cities – I love to wander around the cobbled alleyways, stand on the many bridges watching the gondolas float under and then sit in the cafes enjoying an aperol spritz or two watching the locals emerge once all the tourists have started to get back on the many cruise ships or have headed back to their hotels for dinner. :)

    • Tam but I have done all that and actually I think I didn’t have enough of the aperol spritzs! Ha ha hA
      Being serious, I didn’t have romantic expectations, rather expectations in general which someone were spoiled by reality and maybe that is why I was so disappointed. I have recently promised myself to give Venice another chance :)
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  3. Dea

    No one\’s saying that you should love it. However you should appreciate the time, effort and money put into all the restoration and preservation projects [cultural (the city, architecture, etc), natural (the lagoon) and social (for tourism, visitors and residents)]. And there are a lot of projects and funds.Which is why I suggest you do some extensive reading at WHC.UNESCO site – linked

    cheers

  4. Dea

    I did read your article, and I was simply leaving a feedback on it, as well as the above comments. I’m sorry if you felt I was ‘coming on to you a bit harsh’, but it wasn’t meant to be personal, just a different point of view.
    I am not saying that everyone should love it, and in fact, when I first visited I didn’t fall in love with it. It was after I’ve lived there for 3 years and, trust me, I was frustrated with it at times, too.
    I don’t know how much time you spent there but most tourists stay 3 days, maybe 5, rarely any more than that. And that’s not enough time to judge a place.. and, then, some places just need more time to be appreciated. I think Venice is one of those.
    I’m sorry if you felt that way, I really did not mean it personally.

    • No need to be sorry, I’m not upset :) Simply I think you shouldn’t blame tourists for the stage of the city is but city’s deputies for not handling it right. You say city has never been planned for so many people, fair point, it is understandable that nobody thought there will be so many people, that travel will become so easy etc You know even Warsaw, which was being rebuilt not much more than 60 years ago had roads not ready for all the cars and people. Simply I can’t agree with you blaming tourists, this is to people of venice, Italy to be smart and work in favour of the city instead of opening even more hotels and restaurants every year!

      It doesn’t matter how many days you spend in the city, in the post I was talking about my impression and how depressing it is when you get to think of real life behind it all. It is beautiful, but it is dead, sorry for saying that. This city only chance is to become an open air museum as I do not see that much life there except the tourists.

      Of course that couple of days are not enough to get a real picture, it took me more than several visits to understand Tel Aviv to the extent I understand it now, but I loved it from first sight. Venice didn’t get my heart. Maybe one day I will visit again and it will be different, you never know…

      I like that you are passionate about this place, I can see you love it, but not everyone will. It is impossible to pleased everyone :)
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  5. Dea

    It’s not allowing me to post a link, but I linked the article to my name as a website. Cheers~

  6. Dea

    It’s the tourists that are making it dirty and smelly and rotten.
    It’s not ‘sinking’ and there are a lot of programs that are restoring the architecture and working on keeping it a functioning city and a thriving tourist destination.
    If all other measures fail, it will ideally become an open-air museum.
    Please see my article on expat life in Venice, published by EFAM Mag. I talk about UNESCO projects I was working on and what kind of issues the city faces.

    • Dea, I’m sorry but I think you are coming on me a bit too harsh. I think we all have rights to like and dislike, and I could sense from your article that you hold many good feelings for Venice, I myself not really, and there is nothing wrong with that. We all have our perception! I’m not even sure you have read my article to be honest. I actually was impressed with architecture and many many other things in the city, simply as you called it ‘open air museum’ was a bit depressing when you had a closer look, not really many people living there for real, except those serving tourist. Abandoned 1st floors due to the floods that occur quiet often and I think that actually those are a main reason for buildings being rotten not tourists!
      I respect that you love this city, please respect me not falling for it! Nice article by the way.
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  7. Ric

    I also wish to see Venice. What an amazing experience it could be. I love the structures, the waters, the statues. Yes, the place is perfect for lovers…

  8. Karen

    It’s unfortunate, but sometimes when we really build something up in our minds, we increase our expectations, and the reality just can’t live up to it. Can’t wait to hear what you choose for your new “perfect engagement place”, our was Nantucket Island!

    • My Travel Affairs

      That is what have happened with me, I excepted too much :) As for new place, not really sure and it is not like it is that important for me….any propositions anyone?

  9. melita

    I was there once few years ago and I have nice memories, its architecture really is breathtaking, I’ve enjoyed gondola ride.. but on the other hand I was disappointed by its dirtiness. sorry, I just cant find any other word than that what I saw..

    • My Travel Affairs

      I kind of feel the same Melita, it is beautiful and rotten at once. It is difficult to decide either you love it or hate it!

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