Attacked by Birds in Venice!

Hi guys!!! Hope you’ve all had a great start to the year πŸ™‚ Mine’s been great so far and I’m finally back to regular blogging! I have A LOT of back logs coming up in the next few months. Mainly – finishing off my Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa, Israel and La Union posts! So excited to share them with you guys πŸ˜›

For our second touring day in Venice we spent most of it exploring the St. Mark’s area. If you missed my first post on Venice, click here.

After eating breakfast and getting ready, we went out to buy our tickets for the boat shuttleΒ going to the St. Mark’s area. It was our first time on it and since we weren’t going to be using it all day we just opted to get one way tickets for each of us. They were about 8 to 9 euros (Php 480).Β We were staying in the San Polo area, it wasn’t that far so we walked going back.

It was nice seeing the all the cute Venetian apartments and buildings Β while on the boat shuttle although they do get full and it’s a tad cramped inside.

I think we got there at around 9-ish in the morning and there was already a long line going into St. Mark’s Basilica. It was stunning on the outside Β and just as beautiful on the inside. Unfortunately no photography or videography was allowed inside 😭😭😭

Also, if you have luggage or big backpacks with you you’ll have to leave them at the counter on the left side. Entrance is free, so yaaaay! We waited roughly 20 to 30 minutes before we got inside, thankfully it wasn’t as cold as London or Paris!

Photo above: View of St. Mark’s square on the roof of the Basilica.

As you can see the square is full of people! The shops around the sides are mainly restaurants, souvenir shops and retail shops. Β They are a little on the pricey side. But you can walk around the area and find a lot of sandwich shops, pizza places and Gelato (had one everyday when we were in Italy – no regrets 😝 haha!) which I think is more worth your money.

We had fun feeding the birds! There were so many of them! Until we found out we weren’t supposed to haha. Ekk! That police in the background wearing the bright yellow jacket was heading straight for us to tell us to stop. Haha! OOOOPS

I think I made a new friend! This birdy, just quietly chillin’ on my hand. Until…

It started attacking me!!! Hahahahaha, oh nooooooo. Maybe this was what the police was warning us about πŸ˜›

After our morning in the Basilica we had our lunch in one of the sandwich stores in the area and it was good! A bit pricey but you can expect that since you’re in a very touristy spot. Food also costs more if you dine in, so if you’re trying to save a few bucks – better get your food to go πŸ™‚

Like I said before, I had gelato EVERYDAYΒ while we were in Italy – not good for my health but I just couldn’t resist! πŸ˜› Cheesecake would have to be my favorite flavor!!! But I also love the pistachio and all the fruity flavors hehe. Definitely craving for some authentic Italian gelato right now!

Photo below (left side): You can see the back of the Bridge of Sighs. We didn’t go inside – the lines were too just way long – instead we walked around the area, sight seeing, visiting the small churches around the area and souvenir shopping!

Look at all those people!

The Rialto bridge! The oldest bridge in Venice – this was the nicest photo I could get since it was under construction. The bridge is also full of shops, which I thought was kind of weird. It was so crowded!

Gondolas!

Souvenirs!! There are a lot of these stores scattered around Venice. The masks freak me out a bit though hehe. But I did enjoy looking at all the leather bags! πŸ˜›

Pizzaaaaaa! It was only €2.50 for a huge slice – I had to try it! πŸ˜›

And of course, never forget to give thanksΒ β™₯ ending the day right.

Venice is so beautiful! It’s probably one of my favorite cities that I’ve been to so far. I hope everyone gets the chance to see this place at least once!Β β™₯

Have you been here before? What do you think about Venice – love it or hate it? Let me know it the comments section below!

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  1. I visited Venice 6 years back and everything looks the same there. The queue and the mention of sandwich… I too remember buying them to save Euros. πŸ˜€ My daughters saved sandwich bits to feed the pigeons there. Loved reading your experience.

  2. Oooh… I wonder how the interior of St. Mark Basilica looks like. Anyway, the plaza outside seems to be the filming location of Dolce Amore. I would love to include it in my bucket list. And that gelato plus pizza, count me in!

  3. Awwww, what a stunning photo, well all of them. But the one on the bottom is really outstanding. Lucky you, Venice is a dream. I still haven’t make it to Venice, but surely will !!! Your header photo is breath taking, where was that taken? WOW !

  4. So you weren’t supposed to feed the birds? How come?! Weren’t you scared when the bird attacked you, I would have freaked haha…

    Anyway, Venice is on my bucket list, I have always wanted to go there. You girl is living the dream!

    1. We saw a lot of other people feeding the birds as well so we assumed it was okay πŸ˜› apparently, if we keep feeding them the birds we’ll get used it and keep coming back to the area to get food. Hehe.

  5. Wow! Venice is such a lovely place to visit. This is on my bucket list too but not so soon. I find the place very romantic and i’d like to celebrate one of our wedding anniversaries here. Hopefully before i die! Hahaha! Those birds are too cute to play with around πŸ™‚

  6. I think the pigeon was balancing itself on your head. I live in a place where there are lots of pigeons but haven’t heard of even one instance where a bird attacked someone.ha ha ha.
    What is the significance of St. Mark’s square? Seems like a beautiful place. I like those photos which have a lot of people .This adds life to those frames.

  7. Venice is a very romantic and historical place. That’s why many people flock to this city year round. I also dream of visiting this place some day. πŸ™‚ By the way, I think it’s a bit scary to be attacked by birds.

  8. If I were in your shoes, I’d have gelato every day, too! I mean, it’s one of the best things that happened in this world. I just can’t believe that the streets would be too crowded for me. Your photos are lovely! πŸ™‚

  9. i am so scared of birds it’s not even funny. I really don’t like them lol If one landed on my head like that I would freak out! I know they make it look romantic in the movies but in real life it’s just not as fun. I am sure there were many more highlights to your Italy trip though πŸ™‚

  10. Venice is indeed beautiful! Being attacked by the birds is not that uncommon, they are so spoiled! We went there 5 years ago, and I have some pictures in exactly the same spots – brought back some nice memories. Good thing you went now, as it summer it’s super crowded and HOT!

  11. Hahaha I love your Pinterest picture. But yeah, I have not been in Venice but of course is in my list of places to go. However, I wonder if there is any “low season”. Big crowds and me don’t go along really well, but hey if I have to do it in order to go to Venice I guess I’ll go πŸ˜›

  12. Oh wow! So it’s true what they say that it really does get crowded! I had a similar experience here in Doha but good thing only a few birds attacked. The rest were behaved eating the feeds we gave them. And yes, gelato every day is good for the soul!

  13. Ahh I have an irrational fear of birds so I would not have done well in that plaza! I’ve only been to Italy once (Milan), and I probably have never eaten so much in my life as I did on that trip. The food there is so good, I just couldn’t resist! I hope to visit Venice one day.

  14. Its seems you had an amazing time in Venice!! I love this city… When i was in Thailand i had an attack from monkeys hahahha so you are lucky πŸ™‚

  15. ahhh… these long queues . . . I have been to Venice 2-3 times but never made it to San Marco Basilica because of the queue! If you had to wait only 20-30 min, I will consider it next time. And please, don’t feed more pigeons in Europe, it is forbidden everywhere πŸ˜‰

  16. I love Italy but as yet, I’ve not been to Venice! It looks great, although I’ve heard about the crowds around the Basilica before. It’s the rule in Italy to have gelato everyday πŸ™‚

  17. You looked like you had fun being attacked by birds with those smiles! Anyway, the long queues may all be worth it when you really want to see the Basilica.:)

  18. I had the same experience with birds in Milan! Besides this, both Milan and Venice are definitely places to be in love with for the rest of your life πŸ™‚

  19. Your post brought back wonderful memories of our visit to Venice. Loved the Pigeons. But was not exactly attacked. They are overwhelming sometimes. But I am sure your loved Venice too.

  20. Such gorgeous pics of Venice. I have been wanting to to visit Venice for a long time now and your post is making me hurry up. I can happily eat gelato everyday of my life, but would certainly be panicking with the bird attack πŸ™‚

  21. Waaah I kind of have a phobia about swarming birds… I experienced being attacked by pigeons in a park in Japan… I was even sacred of crows in Hokkaido! But seems you had a great time mingling with the birds and you were also able to feed them! I wish I could do the same!

  22. jejeje. sounds like a Hitchcock movie! Yea Venice is one of those magic places, I have always wondered what it must be like to actually LIVE there. Does it really smell like I’ve heard?

  23. Venice is beautiful! The birds are cute, too be honest and I think I’d also feed them even if I know I shouldn’t. Be careful next time! Haha! Seeing the photo of the gelato made me crave for it. Anyway, I enjoyed reading your post and your photos are beautiful. I hope I could go to Venice someday! <3

  24. Omg! I hope the bird didn’t hurt you that much haha that was cute photo though! Hoping to go on a eurotrip too someday so I better start saving now lol! πŸ˜€

  25. I’d more than welcome birds attacking me as long as I was in Venice! It’s my dream destination. There are so many wonderful landmarks to visit and sights to see. I hope I get there one day.

  26. I was able to experience feeding birds as well. At first I was afraid. I thought their beaks would attack me as well or hurt me. Their beaks could be real ticklish.

    When I went bird feeding at Malaysia, I was afraid to come near them not because they might attack me but because I was afraid I.would step on them. Your experience was such.fun and unforgettable.

  27. Woaaah! This is one of the best things to see! Some of the masks really look creepy. It may be similar to a clown or something. Good thing, the birds did not feel any poop coming; because that’s the last thing you want to happen when you feed them right? Haha. Venice surely is one of the best destination ever!

  28. Venice seems like an amazing place! I can clearly see that you had fun during your trip. I wish I can play with the birds too. We don’t really see much birds here. I wonder why Italy’s park are full of birds. Hmm. It really makes me curious. Also, I don’t understand why we can’t feed the birds. Were you able to ask the police officer why?

    1. Thank you Gryselle! Yes, he said that the birds will keep coming back to the square to look for food and I guess that it will be quite a nuisance πŸ™‚

  29. Venice and its charm never fail to entice me! I love the city. And the Gondolas, of course! They’re quite popular in that place. Overall, I really love the vibe there. I’d always wanted to visit Venice – now this post makes me want to go there soon! <3

  30. OMG! how can I forget this experience! Haha! There were like hundreds of birds around me , on me, like everywhere, and trust me it’s actually very scare, thought It doesn’t look you were scared though! Great sweet memories! Cheers πŸ™‚

  31. Venice!! This little piece of gem is so enchanting. I would definitely try out the pizza and gelato. πŸ˜‰ Also, good thing you weren’t in deep trouble with the police too. HAHA. Now I know what not to do when I do visit Venice. Cheers!

  32. Venice means water, boats and colorful houses to me. That’s what I have seen in pictures all these years. Your experience and photos give a new look to the place. Superb photos and a nice travel essay. I would love to visit Venice for its beauty and lot more it can offer. πŸ™‚

  33. The birds seemed nice at first! Haha. The pictures are all beautiful. Makes me want to visit Europe the soonest. Did you ride the gondola? How was the experience? Also, if I were also in Venice, gelato would probably be my breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Haha!

  34. One of my dream is to visit Venice and experience the Rialto. But not only that, I also want to feed the birds in places like that. Here, the birds will fly automatically if they sense you’re near.

  35. I totally freaked out at the picture of that pigeon on your head! I absolutely fear birds (or any living things capable of flight). But even so, Venice really seems and sounds like an awesome place to add to my bucket list. Oh, and no worries, gelato are supposedly more healthy compared to normal ice cream…. erm, right?

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