Last weekend I was in Venice for the carnival, and although it’s a short train ride away from Rome (just 3 hours) I had never actually been there before! The city is full of charm and really artistic, full of galleries and glass shops (glass from Murano can be found in every corner).
After getting lost many many times, arriving at many dead end roads, I ended up in a non touristic part of town. Which is also so full of character. No gondolas around, people drying sheets outside their windows…
But if you are feeling touristic you can always sit down and order a six euro coffee and the Caffè Florian in Piazza San Marco. It’s a cafe from the 1720, with an exuberant decor and equally exuberant prices.
And since it was Carnival, there were the masks… so many masks. Some people spend up to 10k for renting a costume for 3 days.
At the Dorsoduro neighbourhood, where the university is, I found this little pigment shop (Arcobaleno Pigmenti) where you can choose the colour and base for watercolour, oils and acrylics. And they also make jewellery with the pigments inside!
It was cold and foggy, but the sun did come out some times.