Venice is one of those iconic destinations that everyone talks about so much you find yourself hoping that the acolades aren’t just hype. Well, in Venice’s case, the destination lives up to the reputation!
Venice is the most beautiful place in the world to get lost in because it’s so stunning that you lose track of time or the distance you’ve walked. And, even if you do get lost, you’ll probably end up back where you started.
The whole region boasts an incredible tradition of glassmaking, and that was my focus when we were filming. The glass library I visited was quite an eye opener. The artisans create the coloured glass entirely by eye – there is no measure of colour – they compare colours with previous pieces of glass and match the colour as closely as they can. It’s incredibly skillful, and the trade is handed down via apprenticeships from generation to generation, with up-and-coming artisans learning their trade with master glassmakers. Ultimately the glass is cut into tiny, hand-cut pieces and used to form intricate artworks.
The level of detail in Venetian interiors is next level and you have to remind yourself to look at the floor, walls and ceiling of any building you walk into to appreciate the three-dimensional effect. Everything is highly decorated and guilded and you can’t help but be mesmerized by the beauty of it all.
My top tip for Venice is to put your tourist map in your pocket and just wander. (Just keep your map for when you get tired and need to find your way back to your hotel!)