I went to Italy and spent 2 weeks in Venice, one of my favorite cities in the world. Most people only travel through Venice in a day or two but I wanted to get a feel for the culture and the people, so I spent a good two weeks just wondering. (Because that is what you do in Venice, you wonder.)
I stayed on an island called Lido. This is a beach that is frequented by mostly locals, because mostly locals live and visit this island. Not many tourists know about this place and because of that, it made it a very nice place to stay during my time. This is not the Venice most people see when they think of it and with the length of my stay, it made it a great place to stay and discover. While cars are not allowed in Venice proper; cars, buses, mopeds and bikes cover the island making it easier to get around the large island. This beach is facing out of the bay Venice sits in, facing the Adriatic Sea.
This is another look at the island of Lido. Doesn't look like the Venice you pictured, does it? I hired a bike for the day to ride around to the large island. I hadn't ridden a bike in years, so this was an adventure for me, riding with the traffic. It was very peaceful, once I got out of the city center of the island. The two ends of the long island are both docks for the boats that come to deliver cars and goods for the island. As you get closer to these docks, it looks more like the wilderness then the city.
Wondering around Venice is part of the lifestyle. No one ever knows where they are going and most of the time you are lost. But being as it's part of the culture, you don't care. I wondered onto a street behind the train station and this is what I saw. A whole lot of nothing. Once you wonder off the main tourist places, most of Venice looks like this.
This is the island of Burano, the island that is known for lace-making. I was trying to get to Murano, which is known for glass and glass blowing, but the boat I was on, stopped here first to let people off. All the houses here are painted bright colors, which is known to be a sign of having money, because you are rich enough to paint your house a bright color every year. Most of the apartments on this island are painted bright colors.
There were some interesting graffiti all around Europe last summer. This was just a small sample of it, in Venice, painted on a wall around the backside of the main center of Venice, where hardly any tourists go.