Ah, Cara Mia, you're in for a treat!
A week exploring the enchanting cities of Venice and Verona is just the beginning of an unforgettable journey through the heart of Italy. You'll undoubtedly visit all the famous tourist sights and capture beautiful snapshots, but let me share a little secret with you: there's so much more to see and so much more to experience beyond the surface!
Picture this: another week...
and you'll embark on an adventure to uncover the hidden gems of Venice. Away from the bustling crowds, you'll meander through narrow alleys and stumble upon quaint squares where locals gather, savoring their beloved "cicchetti" at charming Bacari. Step onto a gondola not on the Grand Canal but on the serene and lesser-known canals, where the romance of the city truly comes alive. Here, you'll find the true essence of Venice, where time seems to slow down and every corner holds a delightful surprise.
Yet, there's even more to discover!
Extend your stay for a third week, and you'll witness the magic of these cities unfold before your eyes. It's during this time that you'll find yourself noticing the subtle details—the intricate facades of ancient palaces, the scent of fresh espresso wafting from local cafes, and the joyful chatter of Venetian dialect echoing through the streets. This is when you start to understand why Italy is called "Il Bel Paese"—the beautiful country.
The first few weeks feel like a wild race
Ticking off all the must-see spots, but as you immerse yourself in the Italian way of life, you'll naturally slow down, embracing the "dolce vita" at your own pace. Suddenly, you'll find yourself enchanted by the very essence of these towns. The locals will welcome you with warm smiles, and the rich history will come alive through the stories shared by passionate guides.
A word of caution...
This is the moment when Italian towns will cast their spell on you. You'll fall under their magical allure, and you might find it challenging to say "arrivederci." It's true, Italy has a way of capturing hearts and leaving a piece of itself in each soul it touches.
So, come with an open heart and let Venice and Verona work their magic on you. Embrace the slow rhythms of Italy, indulge in its flavors, and savor every moment. You've been warned, but I promise you, it's a warning you'll cherish forever!
I share this "third week" magic through this website and my bucket list article too.
However, it is photos that are best at capturing these little things that many miss.
I always take as many as I can, and now I have some wonderful helpers - the members of our supporters community.
Eveline is part of this community, she has a real eye for capturing the little details and those forgotten corners that many miss. I think you'll really enjoy her photos...if you do, please show Eveline your appreciation by clicking like below and sharing the photos far and wide.
These little back alleys are marvelous. I love losing myself in these mazes and you'd be amazed at the funny little, yet fascinating, shops and sights I've discovered while "lost". In fact, just getting to our favorite hotel in Venice, the Old Post Office, basically means getting lost right from the start of your time in Venice.
As you wander through the narrow passages, away from the well-trodden paths, you'll stumble upon doorways that are true works of art.
These doors, oh, these doors! They are not just mere portals, but masterpieces that whisper tales of centuries gone by. Each one possesses a unique character, an identity that reflects the history and culture of this enchanting city. The door knobs, ornate and intricate, bear witness to countless hands that have turned them throughout the ages.
As you gently run your fingers over the cool metal, you can almost feel the palpable connection to those who have come before you. The inlaid wooden doors, adorned with delicate carvings and rich hues, are a feast for the eyes. Each stroke of the craftsman's hand tells a story of dedication and love for their art. The fine details depict mythical creatures, historical events, and scenes from Venetian life, transporting you back to a time of grandeur and opulence.
It's like stepping into a living museum, where every doorway holds a chapter of the city's narrative. And the best part is that these doorways are not reserved for exclusive exhibitions or ticketed attractions. No, they are accessible to anyone willing to venture off the beaten path. There's no need for crowds or queues; you have the freedom to savor them at your own pace, capture their essence with your camera lens, or simply etch them into your memory.
These two photos above were taken in Saint Marks Square, a place that is always packed with tourists, yet few ever take the time to notice the details on the buildings. If you do, you'll be amazed.
The Arena is one of the main tourist attractions in Verona (discover its secrets here). What I love about this photo is the way Eveline has captured a unique angle that is so different from the normal view.
Near Juliet's balcony in Verona, there is a wall where those in love can write their names and ensure their love will never die. I wrote my name here over fifteen years ago...I'm still married!!