Beautiful and Romantic City
Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
18Trip End Aug 23, 2013
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Where I stayed
Hotel Palazzo Vitturi Venice
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
The next morning we arrived on Venice Island early not long after 8.00am. It was quite exciting getting of the train in a completely new country
Despite feeling a little groggy and dirty from the train we wanted to make the most of the time that we had in Venice. We headed straight out to see Doge's Palace. Venice is definitely one of the most touristy places that we have been, and yet, despite all of the people, somehow it still felt like a really special place for the two of us to share together! St Mark's Square was absolutely packed there were huge queues stretching around in the shade to get into the basilica and the Palace. It was very hot so we weren't that keen on queueing
We found a dinky little restaurant and sampled our first Italian margareita pizzas for lunch.
In the afternoon we headed out on a four hour tour of the Venetian Islands in the bay that we had pre-booked several months ago. It was really exciting to see the city from the water and get an idea of how it looked. The first place we visited was Murano, famed for its glass making
We had a quiet evening reading our books and enjoying our complimentary drink in the hotel. The night manager made us an Aperol Spritz, a very popular drink here which we thought was delicious!
The next day we had an early booking to queue jump into St Mark's Basilica. It is a beautiful building with lots of ornate goldwork on the ceiling. You are not allowed to take photos inside so we only have one sneaky one to show you that we took as we walked through the door. One really interesting thing inside the Basilica is how uneven the floor is - kind of like undulating waves! After visiting the Basilica we wandered through lots of the streets and explored the main square. In the afternoon we had a Gondola boat ride through the canals and under the main sights like the bridge of sighs
In the evening we walked to a restaurant that some locals had recommended to us (quite a long way from the main tourist area) and had a delicious meal of traditional pasta dishes. We had another Aperol Spritz in the evening close to our hotel.
On our last morning we saw the Rialto Bridge and explored the markets around the grand canal. We then collected our bags (after one more sneaky Aperol Spritz) and began our walk back to the station. It rained while we walked (the first rain of the trip!) but since it was so nice, it was a welcome change to walk in the cool. It only lasted a few minutes so we were dry by the time we got to the station! Really sad to be leaving Venice and hope that we will get a chance to come back here one day!
Lots of love,
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