Why 24 Hours In Venice Was More Than Enough

In a city that is notorious for its tremendous masses of tourists, how long is too long? For me, the answer is 24 hours.

It’s not that I didn’t like Venice, on the contrary. It’s utterly beautiful in its imperfections and laid out in a way that was completely new to me. I didn’t fully comprehend the omnipresence of canals and water in this town until I had to navigate them – foolishly, perhaps, I was convinced that my idea of Venice was simply the result of a carefully constructed, hyped-up aura of picture-perfect Pinterest images and glossy magazines. I can definitely see why Venice such a crowd-pleaser.

And indeed – if the number of new likes I got on my Instagram from my Venice photos are any indication, people loooove them some Venice.

But just a few hours into my visit I faced the realisation that it wouldn’t be love at first sight. As someone who daydreams about moving to each city I visit, it was unsettling to not have that feeling in Venice. No one could pay me enough money to live here, I thought.

Venice is a unique city – and that is not an understatement – that I’m happy to have seen. But for me, it’s just yet another place you have to visit once in a lifetime for the sake of it, kind of like the Santa Monica boardwalk or the Eiffel Tower. Deep down, I know I’m not in any rush to go back.

But Venice deserves come credit – if anyone enjoyed Venice that day it’s my camera. here’s everything I did in my rather short, bucket-list-friendly, but somewhat underwhelming 24 hours in Venice.

I ate ALL of the Italian food.

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I aimlessly wandered in Venice’s maze-like streets.
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I took in the iconic sights.
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I ticked items off my photography bucket list.

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I only stayed 24 hours in Venice. And then I left without looking back, with a feeling of a mission accomplished.

22 Comments on Why 24 Hours In Venice Was More Than Enough

  1. Jessica
    November 23, 2015 at 1:23 pm (2 years ago)

    So happy to know I’m not the only one who didn’t fall head over heels in love with Venice! It was okay, I mean seeing the architecture and the canals is impressive but I wouldn’t necessarily go back. It’s ticked off my bucket list! There are so many other places in Italy that aren’t as touristy.

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    • Marie-Eve
      November 23, 2015 at 4:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Yeah, we’re strange ones, right? Everyone seems to loooove Venice!

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    • Karen
      February 25, 2017 at 7:25 pm (3 months ago)

      Glad I experienced Venice once, but no desire to go back! Many , many far more lovely paces in Italy than Venice!

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      • Marie-Eve
        March 14, 2017 at 1:41 pm (2 months ago)

        I agree, Karen!

  2. Andrew
    November 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm (2 years ago)

    The cheapest flights I found for Italy from Denver were to Venice, and even though I wasn’t too keen on visiting the city at first I ended up having a good time. But I can see why you wouldn’t want to spend an entire week there!

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    • Marie-Eve
      November 23, 2015 at 4:42 pm (2 years ago)

      That was my case too! Venice by obligation, as my flight landed there. But there are indeed worst things in the world.

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  3. Amanda
    November 23, 2015 at 6:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I went to Venice two years ago fully expecting to not enjoy it. But then I got there and got lost in the streets and ended up loving it more than I thought I would. Could I ever live in Venice? Definitely not. But I did really enjoy the couple of days I spent there, and would definitely go back! I think what drew me in was the fact that it’s so utterly different from anywhere else I’ve ever been – very few destinations can boast that.

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  4. Kayley Whitehouse
    November 23, 2015 at 7:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m sorry that you didn’t love Venice…I certainly did but I can understand that feeling of being a little disappointed with your own reaction to a city. I found that with Paris. Could appreciate it but would I go back, nup. However, would I go back to Venice? For sure but would I live there? Probably not. Thanks for sharing your pics though :)

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    • Marie-Eve
      November 24, 2015 at 12:19 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Kayley! A lot of people told me the same thing about Paris. Maybe the cities are just too hyped up and can’t live up to unrealistic expectations?

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  5. Meghan Oaks
    November 24, 2015 at 4:52 am (2 years ago)

    We were supposed to be in Venice this past weekend, but thanks to the German trains being cancelled, we weren’t able to go. Looks like we didn’t miss out on too much at least. We’re hoping to get there at some point!

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    • Marie-Eve
      November 24, 2015 at 12:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Well yes, you should see it once in your life but don’t go crazy thinking that you missed an amazing city. In my opinion, you didn’t!

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  6. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    November 24, 2015 at 11:26 pm (2 years ago)

    There certainly are some beautiful iconic sights that are worth seeing in Venice, but sometimes huge tourist destinations like Venice don’t seem that appealing to spend long periods of time.

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    • Marie-Eve
      November 25, 2015 at 8:59 am (2 years ago)

      Exactly! It gets overwhelming real quick.

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  7. Sophie@Sophie's World
    November 26, 2015 at 1:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Go in January, it’s a very different city then

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    • Marie-Eve
      December 22, 2015 at 10:03 am (1 year ago)

      A lot of people told me that as well – guess I’ll have to go to find out :-)

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  8. Allegra
    December 8, 2015 at 11:31 am (1 year ago)

    great post on Venice :-) a beautiful city but unfortunately so overcrowded by tourists that one has to really scavenge to find authenticity ,-)

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    • Marie-Eve
      December 22, 2015 at 9:59 am (1 year ago)

      Yes that is correct! Way too many tourists, but alright for just one day.

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  9. Paige
    May 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm (1 year ago)

    I agree that Venice is swamped with tourists but we stayed for 3 nights in an apartment in a quiet “neighborhood”‘which made all the difference. Having the opportunity to explore in the evenings was wonderful.

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  10. monica cesarato
    June 18, 2016 at 3:01 am (11 months ago)

    I feel so sorry and sad for you! You totally missed what Venice is all about!

    1- You said you ate all the Italian pizza (which is not Venetian, Venetian food is totally another thing!) and an Ice cream – serously?? That is all you know about Italian food? I feel sad cause you missed out on a great opportunity to taste some amazing fresh and well prepared food which is not available outside of our region! And let’s not talk about our Veneto wines!

    2- You wandered and took a photo of the iconic sites? Isn’t travelling meant to be when you visit and meet locals, discover art, people and the local culture? If you travel just to take photos then all you need is to visit a photo internet site and download their photos!

    I totally understand if you felt overwhelmed by the huge crowds (us locals do to) but Venice is not all about Saint Mark’s Square and Rialto bridge – it is a city which was its own independent Republic state for more than 1200 years, who had its own empire, who pretty much had an impact in all known countries during the middle ages (just a look at wikipedia will give you an insight!).

    Maybe if you gave Venice a bit more than 24 hours you would have discovered all of that!

    Have a look what you could have done in more than 48 hours around the web.

    I would be more than happy to give you tips and information on what you could discover on Venice and how to fall in love with it! Have a great day!

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    • Marie-Eve
      June 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm (11 months ago)

      Chill out, lady. It’s a blog post about my experience in Venice, not an encyclopaedia about Italy.

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    • Cristina
      February 20, 2017 at 3:59 am (3 months ago)

      Bravissima Monica! Purtroppo poche persone capiscono la vera essenza di Venezia. 24 ore per visitare una città che ha una storia lunghissima da raccontare direi che sono niente!

      Reply

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