VENICE, Italy – One word encapsulates Venice.
If getting close gives you the willies, you have no business being in the city of 400 bridges.
With streets that narrow to the width of a sidewalk, Venice can be a pedestrian hell, where a map is next to worthless and strangers brush up against you every third step.
But if you enjoy getting lost in your inhibitions, the city is salve for your soul.
Everything is within arm’s reach and begs to be noticed, from the pizza to the gelato to the leather bags at Bruno Magli.
And just when you think you’ve seen it all, a nook comes into view from a corner you’ve never turned.
Take a gondola ride. At sunset, order a bottle of wine, nibble on olives and people-watch at Piazza San Marco.
Drink in the atmosphere at Harry’s Bar, birthplace of the bellini and former haunt of Ernest Hemingway.
Whatever you do, just keep moving.
The only two places with seats in Venice are restaurants and the public commode, the latter which costs about 1.5 Euro.