Many of us have an impression that Venice is a uniquely beautiful, romantic, cultural treasure. It’s all of those things and that is why people visit. But, most importantly, it home to many families whose roots in the city can be traced back for many hundreds of years. Many citizens have retreated to the mainland, forced out by high property prices and the difficulties created by tourism and flooding. Partly due to an increased awareness brought about by reading Earthly Remains, the Venetians who steadfastly remain are likely to be at the forefront on my mind when I make my next, probably final, visit in May.
I'm travelling to the Veneto with my two sisters for a long weekend, staying in Mestre and taking the tram ride into Venice. One of them hasn't been to Venice previously so we will no doubt be visiting some of the more popular sites that I have written about in my article Tips for Visiting Venice on a Low Budget