Venice on a Summer’s Night

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on August 3, 2009

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

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 dinner and retire to their rooms exhausted from a full, sweaty day of sightseeing.

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 are 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.

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