Last spring I took a two week solo backpacking trip through Europe and made it to my old stomping grounds in Northern Italy. I used to live a short train ride away from here for almost two years and yet I never saw Venice quite like this. This magical city was almost completely empty, making getting up far before sunrise worth it completely. We took the water taxi to the heart of the city to San Marco Square and had the whole place to ourselves. Even though It poured the entire time, I swear we were in a romance movie.