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Rethinking Venice

I recently spent a long weekend in Venice, a place I had previously avoided like the plague, considering it to be little more than a giant dock for cruise ships. On previous trips, I was left deluded and confused about what all of the fuss was about. I found Napoleon’s interventions in Piazza San Marco revolting, the gondolas too kitschy, and the thongs of tourists with seemingly no awareness that their presence is destroying the city downright disturbing. But I can be a whiner, so I was open to giving Venice another shot. After all, if my esteemed colleague Jessica Stewart loves the city, how could it be all bad?

Armed with the advice of friends and colleagues on where to go and what to eat, I actually really enjoyed myself. I especially liked the Canareggio neighborhood, the Rialto fish market, and strolling the streets at night when most of the tourists were gone, packed back onto their cruise ships.

2016-01-07T14:38:47+00:00 September 2nd, 2008|Categories: Culture, Venice|3 Comments


  1. James June 28, 2009 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I find this post to be very arrogant as if to suggest that this persons understanding is above others understanding of the fragility of Venice. As a seasoned world-traveller who spends years at a time in countries other than the United States I don’t consider myself above others who only spend a few weeks or days in a foreign country.

  2. Katie June 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    James, I think you have misunderstood the post. I was ridiculing myself for completely dismissing Venice and making sweeping generalizations about its character. Once I opened my mind a bit, I really enjoyed the city, precisely because I avoided the areas most visited by tourists. I don’t consider myself above other travelers, but I am a professional traveler so I think I have a unique perspective on tourism and am hypersensitive to the delicacy of cities like Venice that are irrevocably changed by the tourism industry. To address your accusation of arrogance, it would have been arrogant of me to post about something I don’t have an opinion on or don’t know anything about, but that is just simply not the case here. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed browsing ParlaFood.com. I see you are planning a trip to Naples? When it comes to dining in that city, I think you have hit the jackpot running into this site!

  3. Venice Wrap Up June 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    […] corrosive fumes in their wake. I won’t be a part of it. This is not an arrogant statement as some people may think. It is simply my choice as a traveler to not contribute to the deterioration of a city […]

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