During our stay in Italy we went to Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region. It is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals. Which in the ‘real world’ is very bizzare, but I suppose this is the reason why Venice is such a popular tourist hotspot.
I must admit, we did not have a pleasant stay in Venice, and because of this I don’t think it’s likely that we will return in the near future. Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. It was an absolute disaster from start to finish, but whilst you’re travelling these are all things that you can learn from. First of all, the hostel we were staying at was merely impossible to reach by foot or public transport for that matter. We arrived at the main train station in Venice, and proceeded with our journey that we believed was going to take 30 minutes on foot. 2 and a half hours later, after walking along the motorway in 32 degree heat and very bad attitudes, we still hadn’t reached the hostel. Instead, we reached a supermarket. We went inside and found a worker and asked if we were able to use the phone to call a taxi and explained our situation. To make matters worse, we were informed that we couldn’t use the phone because there were no taxis. We had to proceed with our walk, and after about 20 minutes a couple pulled up beside us and asked if we wanted a lift as they had seen us at the supermarket and previously walking alongside the road. With little debate, we got into the car and were extremely thankful for the lift. The hostel was a 10 minute drive from where we were, but that would have taken 30-4o minutes to walk. The entrance to the hostel was actually a turn off from the motorway, so it seemed that no matter how we got there we would have had to walk on the motorway. May I add that this is really scary to do in a foreign country. We were staying at the Camping Village Jolly hostel, and I will say this now… Do NOT stay at this establishment, you WILL be disappointed! The staff were rude, the food wasn’t great, the rooms weren’t clean and were full of damp, it is in a secluded area and worst of it is absolutely ridden in bed bugs. I have several scars on my arms and legs to prove this. The only good thing about this establishment was that there was an outside pool. Other than that, it definitely is not worth you’re money. Please take reviews into account when planning to book accommodation wherever you go.
Day 2 in Venice was spent trying to compromise with staff to move rooms as I was covered in bed bugs and the room was filled with damp. After a few hours we finally got keys to move into a different room. Which was smaller, a lot more worn down but at least smelt better. At this point I was just hopeful that there were no more bed bugs. By the time we were sorted, it was too late to venture out so we spent the rest of the day by the pool. Which seemed to be the only thing that was stress free in this place.
Day 3 we went into the city of Venice, we had to get a shuttle bus to the train station, then ride the train for about 30 minutes to get into the city. Pretty? Yes. Different? Yes. Expensive? Yes. Overrated? Yes. Maybe we were just in a sour mood due to our experience in Venice so far, but although it is a beautiful city, it isn’t one we would jump to go to again. Every back alley, every street you came out to another part of the canal. At first, it was fascinating but after a while we wanted to sit down. There was no green space, no where to take a minute for yourself and it was extremely busy everywhere we went. We went to a restaurant by the canal and sat outside. The service wasn’t great, Elle recieved her food first and I had to wait another 5 minutes before mine was brought out. Surprisingly this was the worst and most expensive food we had on our trip. My favourite dish is lasagna, and considering we were in Italy, I had to get it. Big mistake. Worst lasagna I’ve ever had. It didn’t even taste right! Elle had pizza, which she said was okay, but she has definitely had better. When we asked for the bill, we saw that there was a 15% service charge, and we asked if this was optional as we hadn’t received the best service but apparently it was compulsory?
After our meal, we decided to head back to the hostel and we were thankful this was our last night and that the next day we were headed to the next country. I hope that when we visit another part of Italy, it redeems itself.