One of the things I love about Venice is it’s a very walkable city.
Even though it was off season, there were many tourists. I expected a much lesser crowd. It was February, after all. Winter time.
However, there was enough crowd to make one feel one was in a popular destination, but not too much to make one feel that it’s overcrowded.
It made exploring Venice by foot much more enjoyable. Although Venice is a popular destination, 80% of it, is not touristy according to travel expert Rick Steves. He advises visitors to escape the crowds and explore on foot. During the off season, walking around Venice is easier per our travel agency’s tour manager. She said that during peak season, one can barely walk a foot without bumping into people.
The weather was unusually above average when hubby and I were in Venice, so exploring on foot was a pleasure. Yes, there was a chill in the air. But it did not get in the way of an enjoyable walk around Venice.
Venice in the off season, I gathered, is less crowded. Instead of the hot sun promoting sticky sweat and bodily smells, there’s a bite in the air just enough to keep one awake and alert to enjoy the unique city that is Venice.
One thing that I kept appreciating all throughout my and hubby’s February trip to Italy was that I was so glad we came during the off season.