Last but by no means least on my list of must-see places is Venice, a city famous for its charming buildings, romantic connotations and of course, canals. All this is very true, however, I agree with people that say it’s a once in a lifetime destination (after all, it won’t be around for long). The main drawback is that, in summer at least, it is very, very, very busy, and hot! The narrow streets make walking around (the main mode of transport between boats) rather difficult and uncomfortable. So if you avoid the peak season Venice is rather delightful, if only for the way it looks almost identical to paintings from over 3 centuries ago.
St Mark’s Square is an absolute must for any tourist, here lies the Basilica (highly recommended if you can wait in the long queue), the Campanile (again long queues to get to the top and see the view) and various shops and museums.
Venice is great for the arty type with plenty of different galleries to choose from; if you are into religious, historic art, then the Galleria Accademia is the place for you. The paintings were undeniably impressive, but unfortunately if, like me, you prefer a more modern approach, you may be a bit disappointed. Right beside the gallery, there is the Ponte dell’Accademia, a bridge similar to the love lock bridge in Paris, you can place a padlock on its rails to add to the romance of your holiday.
For the more contemporary gallery-goers, there is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection: art collected by a very interesting lady, making a great story and an amazing compilation of distinguished pieces and artists. Among the sculptures, paintings and designs, you can find artworks from Picasso, Rothko, Pollock, Warhol, Max Ernst, Salvador Dali and many, many more! There is also a cute café for a quick caffeine boost and a modest gift shop.
There are lots of other things to do in and around Venice, such as San Giorgio Maggiore, an island holding a tower with amazing views or simply a dreamy gondola ride. Just make sure you visit it before it disappears under the water forever!
I hope that you have enjoyed my brief summaries and best-bits of Budapest, Vienna, Lake Bled and Venice, look out for more travel posts in the future and remember to comment on your favourite parts of each place!