My top three priorities when looking for a summer holiday destination would be
1. scorching hot - so that I could complain about the heat
2. touristy - so that I could go on and on how crowded the place is
3. with little opportunities to speak English - so that I could keep on whining about the impossibility to communicate
And Venice almost ticks all the boxes.
The temperature in the summery Venice is incredibly high. However, it's not the days that are the worst but nights. Strolling through the city, even in the middle of the day is okey for me - perhaps thanks to the shade offered by narrow cobbled streets - but the stuffiness of the night is quite unbearable - it makes you feel weak and weary.
I guess, Venice attracts a huge number of tourists all year round. No wonder as the city has a lot to offer. Anyhow, the peak summer season is when you can really feel the hustle and bustle of the city. And don't worry, even if my pictures don't show it, believe me - loneliness will be the last thing you experience.
And finally English. And here, I must admit that I was somewhat disappointed as I had been expecting almost zero engagement in this matter. And I was wrong. In most places people speak basic, communicative English and you don't feel stigmatized for wanting to use it. Of course, it's much better when you try to charm the locals with your few well polished Italian words but still I had a feeling that English is maybe not appreciated but definitely recognizable.
Here are a few highlights from my Venice experience - scroll, enjoy and veni, vidi.. Venice.
And finally a glimpse from my Instastory ;)