As much as possible I like to take some time on my travels to explore the less-touristed regions of the popular cities I visit. In some cities you need to be very aware of your own personal safety when leaving major areas, so be cautious in doing so. In other cities, like Venice, it’s very easy to explore on your own. Being an island, you can wander at will and even if you’re lost, it won’t take you but a few minutes to get somewhere that will be familiar to you.
While we think of Venice as an island, it really is an amalgamation of hundreds of smaller islands into a larger island community, with lots of canals and bridges connecting these different parts. As you leave the region of the Grand Canal you get to where the Venetians live and see signs of their every day life. Scenes like clothes lines with the day’s wash hanging to dry, or a boat carrying supplies to a house (remember the canals are the Venetian equivalent to roads). I find scenes such as these every bit as interesting as the grand classic tourist spots.
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