Arguably one of Italy’s – and the world’s – most pic-pretty cities, Venice is where Gillian Price happily calls home. The renowned travel writer, photographer and LUXE resident editor shares the story of how she first landed in Venice many years ago, why she stayed and her all-time favourite spots in 'The Floating City.'
Where are you from, originally?
I was born in England but we migrated to Australia when I was 10. It was a very exciting sea journey that took a whole month via Athens, the Suez Canal and Sri Lanka. Perhaps that was when I fell in love with travelling.
How did you first get to Venice, and what made you stay?
I came to Venice in the 1970s on a university gap year and then returned (to stay, work and fall in love) in 1981.
What’s your day job?
Writing walking guidebooks to different parts of Italy and Mediterranean countries.
What’s the best thing about living in Venice?
Apart from the absence of cars (phew!), the privilege of being part of a historic city that is so unique and can be visited on foot.
Your favourite places in Venice and why?
My house – it has views to the Alps; the local canalside café where I go to meet friends; the Grand Canal on a vaporetto ferry – it's so wonderful to be travelling past palazzi locked in time; and the Cannaregio and Rialto food markets for the seasonal produce.
And the biggest tourist trap?
Restaurants with tourist menus!
Your best trip ever?
My first real trek to Thorong La pass in Nepal. It was an American girl I met in Kathmandu and myself, with no agency help. We were sleeping on the floor in teahouses, washing in icy mountain streams and drinking yak butter tea. Did I mention the lovely people and the breathtaking mountains?
And the worst?
I can't think of any... must have erased them from my memory.
Absolute favourite place in the world?
The Dolomites, part of the Italian Alps.
What’s left on your bucket list?
The parts of Italy I haven't walked through and written about yet.
Finally, why do you love to travel?
It's simply exhilarating. I must confess to getting excited every time I get on a train!
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