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The Magic of Venice on a Summer Night

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It’s a commonly held conviction that Venice becomes magical at nighttime. Now, this Italian engineering marvel is quite lovely during the daytime too — you know, thanks to those canals and colorful architecture and all that. So what makes it even more special in the dark?

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First of all, it’s not as hot at night as it is during the day. It’s amazing how a sunny and steamy day can transform seamlessly into a pleasant and breezy night. Secondly, it’s not as crowded. A lot of the tourists that clog Venice during the day are not staying on the main islands — they’re staying on the mainland or at the lido. Also many of those who do remain in the main area eat an early-ish dinner and retire to their rooms exhausted and satiated from a full day of sightseeing on Venice tours.

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Piazza San Marco (aka St. Mark’s Square) is the place to be at night. Music fills the square as quartets perform at the upscale bars around the perimeter. Adding to the romance is that the square floods at night. As the tide comes in, it laps up the shore and oozes up through the drains. Luckily, Venice’s water is much cleaner now than it has been in decades past so getting your feet wet is no longer a scary proposition. But since the water doesn’t completely cover the square, it’s easy to stay dry. Yet it’s almost impossible not to feel enchanted.

5 Responses to The Magic of Venice on a Summer Night

  1. Amy @ The Q Family July 18, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    It’s gorgeous at night!

  2. jen laceda July 19, 2009 at 5:04 pm #

    No matter how cliche Venice gets, it is one of my favourite cities for romance! My husband hates Venice because of all the tourists, but I love it off-season when it’s quieter. And when it rains, the city creates such magical images, like your first photo — the colonnade reflected on the watery ground! Just absolutely pretty!

  3. Outer Banks Revealed July 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world. It is an experience that no traveler should miss.
    — Dan
    Outer Banks Revealed

  4. Merrill August 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    What a beautiful photo of the lights reflecting off the water! Where else are you guys going in Italy? I can give you some restaurant recs for Siena and some other spots in Tuscany if you need them.

  5. Venice Travel Guide October 11, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    Excellent 1st night photo.
    Here are some more of Piazza San Marco at night:
    http://www.ciaovenezia.eu/fora_topic.asp?tid=171

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