Travel: Venice the Picturesque City

Venice must be the cutest, most story-like and picturesque city in the world.

I’m simply baffled by how this is the only city in the whole world that created a beautiful town that’s made up of many little islands. Simply marvelous.

My husband and I went there after visiting Rome for a couple of days. This was our post-wedding treat, we called it the ‘mini moon’ as our Caribbean cruise / honeymoon is actually later this year. Anyway, I must say that I preferred Venice over Rome and when you look through my photos below it’s not hard to see why!

The Venitian Bridges

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There are metal and brick bridges were everywhere. Each one with a unique design. Without them you won’t be able to get around Venice at all because it’s made up of loads of tiny islands with houses on them.

Unfortunately Venice is sinking so it has the risk of being the city in the stories of Atlantis but whilst it stands the Venetians can get around the city by foot using these lovely bridges.

Italian Colours of Venice

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Something I’ve noticed in Italy in general is that there are many buildings that are painted in a citrus colour, either that or it’s probably the stone with which they were built – maybe due to the Italian mountains? Anyway, they have lovely buildings of gorgeous yellow and orange shades make Venice really light up, especially in the winter sunshine.

The Outstanding Architecture

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Now, visiting the cathedral in Venice, Basilica San Marco, is definitely worth it. The architecture is spectacular and seeing the religious, Italian Christian, influences is really interesting. Even seeing the outside, regardless of the scaffolding, is fantastical.   

Its Watery Streets

Imagine streets with no cars and a city without pollution. Instead there are streets that are rivers and I love it. It’s like a page from a fairytale, don’t you agree?

Riding the Gondola

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Something that Venice is very well known for is their gondolas. Although overpriced for a single ride it’s definitely worth the experience. Our gondolier was whistling all through our magical journey and although it was quite ominous at first, especially as it was getting dark… it was definitely a romantic and peaceful experience.

P.S. It also reminds me a bit of Assassins Creed if anybody plays Xbox…  

Inspiration for Storytelling

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So, Venice is a unique city because it’s not a conventional city at all. The streets hide a watery secret that will slip through your fingers as soon as you turn the corner. The windows are like portals to other worlds and even the ombre coloured walls, textured by the rising tides, seem to speak a million truths. It makes me want to write stories!

Inspirational and picturesque; I was awed into silence by the beauty of Venice.

Have you ever visited Venice and what did you think?

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • February 25, 2016


    The detail work on the Venetian bridges is absolutely incredible. I was about to type something to the effect of “I wish I lived in a place that looked like that” but, really, I don’t.

    I don’t think that I ever want to get to a point in my life where I look at a place like Venice, even in killer pictures like these, and think “meh”. I don’t want to get so accustomed to that sort of beauty or detailed/ornate work that it just becomes commonplace. These pictures make me want to visit Italy without a doubt but they also make me appreciate the many humdrum areas of Florida… Haha!


    • February 25, 2016


      That’s a really interesting way of thinking about it. You’re right, making sure that it never moulds into your day to day mundane world is why it makes it so special. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • March 18, 2016

    Dean of Little Steps

    Lovely photos Alina. I’ve never been to Venice, but have always wanted to go, although at the moment, I’m not sure it’s advisable to go with a 5-year-old. I have images of her falling in the water! Yes, I know I’m paranoid 😉 x

    • March 18, 2016


      Oh no haha! I don’t blame you but if it puts your mind at ease, there were a lot of kids when we went there 🙂

  • March 18, 2016


    I love your photos I’ve always wanted to go to Venice and Rome. Venice looks so amazing and I can see why you prefer there.

  • March 18, 2016


    Venice is defiantly on my places to visit list, I’ve visited Rome and loved it, the Italian architecture is just amazing, love your photos.

  • March 18, 2016


    Venice is on my bucket list but one to do with just Hubby and not the kids. I could see them falling out a gondola lol

  • March 18, 2016


    Such a beautiful place. Venice is on my list of places to visit before I’m 50. I long to spend days wandering around this beautiful city.

  • March 19, 2016

    Hannah Budding Smiles

    Oh my gosh I’ve always wanted to visit Venice, this has made that even more of a dream! My parents went last year (my mum’s also called Alina!) and they just adored it xx

  • March 19, 2016

    Baby Isabella

    My mummy has always wanted to visit Venice, especially go to one of their masquerade balls. She’s waiting till I’m old enough to visit! Live your Instagram piccys! xx

  • March 19, 2016


    Such a stunning city, somewhere we have always wanted to visit! your pictures are wonderful too and make it seem straight out of a movie!

  • March 19, 2016


    The closest ive ever been to Venice is on a Gondola in Vegas ha x

  • March 19, 2016

    Emma T

    I’ve never been but would love to. My mum and I were booked in to visit my aunt who lived out there for a while, but then her husband lost his job and they moved last minute so we never visited. Beautiful photos

  • March 19, 2016

    Ana De- Jesus

    What a stunning view. I have always wanted to visit Venice – just Italy in general to be honest- and explore the culture and beauty.

  • March 19, 2016

    Emma White

    oh my grandparents used to visit Vence once a year and I loved hearing about their holiday stories and seeing the very many pictures

  • March 22, 2016

    Louise Smith

    I’ve always wanted to visit Venice. It looks like such a beautiful place 🙂

  • March 24, 2016

    Being Erica


    • March 25, 2016


      I know the feeling! Take me back too hehe x

  • October 1, 2016


    I have not yet manage to venture into Venice but just looking at the pictures and hearing the stories its definitely worth the visit.