Visiting Venice for a third time after 3 years, I wonder – who the fuck would want to go there for a romantic holiday?
Romance in Venice is officially dead
If you haven’t been to Venice recently, let me paint you a picture of it. The city is still overwhelmingly beautiful, but in your romantic idea of a weekend getaway you have to bear in mind a few things.
They are gonna try to sell you a selfie stick at approximately every 10 meters. You can buy it for 8 to 10 euros.
If you happen to buy a selfie stick, or already have one, you might have to wait in line for the desired selfie on the famous Rialto bridge.
If you are patient enough to wait (or push your way to the good spots for photos) you just have to be flexible enough to make your selfie with all the tourist around you trying to do the same. Don’t even think it is possible to take a normal photo without any strangers appearing on it as well.
You simply want to stand and enjoy the view from one of the many bridges? Are you crazy? There are people actually waiting to take photos and you, just standing there? You are in their way, you should move. Bridges are for photos to be posted on facebook, instagram, whatever…
Click, click, click – it’s how Venice sounds
While you are walking around the city you can see the beautiful buildings… okay, you can almost see them – you just have to imagine that the thousand souvenir shops along the way are not there, not concealing half of the building facades. Just buy a magnet for your fridge, yeah, don’t overthink it.
If you want to be romantic, of course you can go for the gondola rides. But from what I saw, gondolas are just another selfie opportunity rather than an enjoyable ride through the canals of Venice.
There is this photo I took… and Venice looks beautiful as hell.
But as it appears, photos can be deceivable. Don’t understand me wrong – like I said myself, Venice is still beautiful as hell, that hasn’t changed. What I am trying to say is that we sucked the romance out of it and we are continuing to ruin the magic of this amazing city.
I love Venice and I love the symbolism – the city of love sinking.
A doomed city, doomed like many of our love affairs
If you see yourself on a romantic getaway in Venice – you might have to reconsider. Sure, you will probably have a nice time, but it won’t be a real-venice-time, since there is no hint of romance left anymore. The atmosphere is hectic, the streets are overcrowded and it all seems like one big charade.
The best thing you can do is to escape the main touristic path and get lost in the small streets, as far as possible from the crowds of selfie hunters and people who don’t seem to know why they are there.
I don’t want to see pictures of Venice anymore, I feel sick of them. They are all just a pretend. Romance in Venice is officially dead.