The Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

When I recently stayed in Venice, I spent my first five days engaging in the usual touristy stuff: visiting the boardwalk, window shopping along Abbot Kinney and dining at Gjelina Takeaway. But sadly, I was clueless about the true gem of Venice until my final day there: the canals.

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

I had been to Venice a handful of times before but nobody had ever mentioned this beautiful area, tucked away from all the hustle and bustle. Why?! Everyone had assumed I already knew about it. The second I laid eyes on the tiny bridges, colorful houses and narrow pathways surrounding the canals, I was in heaven.

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

The Venice Canal Historic District originally had manmade canals built by the developer Abbot Kinney to recreate the look of Venice, Italy in Southern California. The area featuring the canals was once about four times larger than it is now but many of the canals were filled in the 1920s to create roads. The rest were mostly abandoned until the early 1990s when renovations started. I am so glad the city finally realized what a treasure this place is!

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

Nubby Twiglet | Venice Canals

If you ever find yourself in Venice, skip as much of the tourist traps as possible and head over to this magical pocket for an afternoon walk.


All photos: Shauna Haider

4 Responses to The Venice Canals

  1. alicia says:

    It looks so calm. I’m pretty sure I’ve been a few movies shot in this neighbourhood….If I’m ever in that area I am 100% hitting up this little treasure!

    • Shauna says:

      alicia: A few other people I know said the same thing about it being a recognizable spot for some movie backdrops…but I’m not sure which ones!

  2. Alex says:

    The canals are such a nice little gem, and so unexpected if you’ve only ever been to the boardwalk! (A little shark found it’s way into them not too long ago!)

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