Venice | Italy

My first step on Italian soil was in Venice.

Mel and I always sat at the front of the coach because we got the best views up there (and the most leg room and first dibs on the rooming list). I can distinctly remember the moment I knew we’d left Austria and arrived in Italy when the coach doors swung open and we were hit by a wave of hot, dry air. Hello Italy.

For some people, Venice can appear dirty, confusing and hot. For me, Venice had a sense of romance about it with beauties hidden within the narrow cobbled alleyways – you just had to be open to finding them. Here’s some of my tips:

Get lost within the alleyways

I could easily spend days on end wandering around the too-narrow cobbled streets of Venice without getting bored. Lined with the most beautiful masquerade window displays, Italian cafes, cute jewellery stores and a never-ending supply of gelato. There are mouth-watering smells drifting from the kitchens around every corner and some of the most talented buskers I’ve heard. Don’t be afraid to get lost – you’ll always find your way back to St Marks Square. It does get busy, particularly in summer, and so I’d recommend getting up early to beat the crowds.

Eat and drink 

Not only does Italy seriously have the best pizza and pasta hands down, but it also has the most incredible gelato, coffees and wines you’ll ever have. Make sure you eat and drink your way through Venice.

See Venice by water 

I know how cliché they are, but there is nothing quite like gliding along the canals in a gondola, underneath the bridges and clothing lines and along the colourful buildings. They are a bit costly, but 200% worth it.

A few personal tips for Venice…

Don’t eat or drink in St Mark’s Square – it will cost you a small fortune because you’ll be paying for the entertainment and seating on top of your food and drinks. You’ll find much better little places down the alleyways in my opinion which are far cheaper.

Don’t swim in the canals – they’re filthy.

When going out for a coffee, some places will charge you a sitting fee. So to save a few euros, have your coffee at the bar standing up & mix with the locals.

Be aware of pickpockets and keep a hand on your valuables.

Comment below some of your Venetian tips!

Ciao x

 

the Grand Canal
the Grand Canal
the Grand Canal
the Grand Canal
exploring Venezia
exploring Venezia
gelato to cool us down
gelato to cool us down
nutella coffees at the bar
nutella coffees at the bar
Venetian gondolas
Venetian gondolas
gondola rides
gondola rides
gondola rides
gondola rides
Venetian local
Venetian local

 

a peek at Venice from the water
a peek at Venice from the water
lovely Venezia
lovely Venezia
a peek at Venice from the water
a peek at Venice from the water
Venice is full of beautiful, colourful buildings
Venice is full of beautiful, colourful buildings
gliding underneath the clothing lines
walking  underneath the clothing lines
masquerade displays
masquerade displays
sweet Venezia
sweet Venezia
St Mark's Cathedral
St Mark’s Cathedral
St Mark's Cathedral
St Mark’s Cathedral

3 thoughts on “Venice | Italy

  1. Venice, there’s no other place like it. George Clooney knew what he was doing when he chose Venice as the place to get married. I so agree that gondola rides are worth every cent. It’s not something to tick off the bucket list but rather something to savour and an opportunity to soak up the romance with the right company. It’s an experience that I would repeat every visit to the floating city. St Marks is the perfect place to stroll in the evening and watch the sunset. Oh, and those masquerade displays are beautiful. On my next visit I plan on taking a mask-making class.

  2. Venice is pure magic, the most romantic place in the world. Did the charming gondolier weave his bit of magic by singing to all the lovely young ladies on his gondola?

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