I received an offer that I couldn’t resist that consisted of a two day trip to Italy. I was already in desperate need of a vacation from my 9-5 government job so, i put in my leave request (PTO for my non government civilian readers) bought my ticket and said ciao to America.

For those of who aren’t familiar, Venice is world-famous for its canals it is built on an archipelago of 118 islands formed mld-centre, the canals serve the function of roads, and every form of transport is on water or on foot.

That’s right, you read that correctly, the city is practically built on a canal and the way to get around it is either by foot or by boat. There were absolutely no ubers/lyfts to the canal where my AIRBNB was so I had to settle for their local taxi that went by fixed rates instead of mileage. (which was totally okay because come on… I was in VENICE) I had all of 2 days to get the most of my money spent and time off. So exploring I went…

The first day after i landed and dragging my luggage through the tourist filled streets of Venice to my AIRBNB conveniently located right on the canal. I had to catch a ride on one of these beauties, it was only right. There were many different Gondola’s available for rental.

Gondola: “a light flat-bottomed boat used on Venetian canals, having a high point at each end and worked by one oar at the stern.”

The Gondola’s ranged from not so expensive about 69-80 Euros per person to pretty costly ending in the thousands. With time frames as short as 30 minutes and longer ones that stretched to an all day cruise. My 2 hour luxury cruise on the beautiful canal of Venice cost 221 Euro’s (for two people) which was roughly $200 in US dollars – 100 Euros per person. The gondolier actually gave a spoken tour as he cruised us through the populated canal. He pointed out the ancient museums, churches and architecture – some that were nearly as 500 years old. I was completely in awe and googly eyed the entire time. The gondola cruise was a definite must do while in Venice!

As I left the AIRBNB I saw this cute ice cream shop located right outside and I just had to stop and grab a cone before I took on Venice by foot.