While arriving at the cable car station, follow the road signs, not Google Maps – unless you’re into adventures. Aunt Google made us drive into a one-way street so narrow that we had to fold the wing mirrors just to fit in between some two houses by the road. Also, don’t pay too much attention to the term “cable car”, because you’ll actually ride a two-person barrel. You can’t, however, miss on that trip while being by Lago Maggiore, if only to find yourself above it. Above the entire town and the second largest lake in Italy, being also the largest lake at least the part of which belongs to Switzerland.
I really wanted to go to Venice already when dad showed me a short movie about this place on his computer, and there was a big yellow ship in the movie. Together with Nela, we immediately agreed that we would board that ship, and before departure we kept asking our parents to show us the same images again. Other little boats didn’t seem that cool to us, especially those that were shown most often, which could be boarded by two persons only, and there was a funny-dressed man with an oar standing behind them. Rowing while standing up – it’s unthinkable, isn’t it? What’s more – rowing a gondola, when there were many cool and fast ships and boats around!
Laugh in the face of anyone who claims that Venice is overrated and that it is worth going there, but only for a while – so that you could say that you’ve been there and you’ve seen it – just to run away from the gigantic crowds of tourists. You definitely have to go off the beaten track, but you not necessarily have to leave it far behind. That part of Venice that is not in the direct vicinity of the Canal Grande mainstream is fascinating and absolutely unique.