Whenever we travel, there are some places we like more than others. For some destinations, there are places we really look forward to and they exceed all expectations about how great that place is. For others, they aren’t bad places to visit but they definitely don’t meet the expectations we had. To say a place is ‘overrated’ doesn’t mean it is bad. However, it does mean that it didn’t quite live up to the expectations we had. What’s the most overrated destination for you?
For me, the answer to this question is Venice. I thought it would be beautiful, romantic, and inspiring. Instead it was a bit dirty and boring. It’s not to say Venice is a bad place but it’s a city that thrives on tourism and doesn’t offer much in terms of attractions. Piazza San Marcos has a lot to do and I had a great time wandering the city and discovering paths that ended at the canal. However, Venice offered nothing to do at night, gondola rides were expensive, and I found it to be touristy and crowded. While Venice was once the center of beauty and elegance in Italy, it’s only a shadow of it’s former self now and tries to hold on to that image.
There are many who enjoy Venice but it just doesn’t appeal to me. Other cities like Amsterdam and Bruges with canals that are more livable, beautiful, and lively. Do you agree? What place do you consider overrated?
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