June 1, 2018

Venice

Venice was such a romantic dream. Venice is a place where just strolling around and enjoying the view is enough, and most of all, it is free! The food is where I loved spending my money. It was so worth it and amazing.

We stayed in the heart of Venice, but still quiet because it was located on a small street. It was cozy and great. Our Airbnb there was in the Dorsoduro neighborhood which is where the Academia is located. It was a perfectly central neighborhood but also gave us the feeling of escaping from the hustle and bustle.

My favorite thing to do in Venice was to get lost. There is an endless confusing maze of back streets and I felt safe the entire time. Do not be scared, go in there! Get lost and enjoy the experience! And go now, sadly, Venice is sinking. Venice is built over 100 small islands. You can island hop by boat. We chose not to, because my husband and I just love to walk as much as possible.

Lauren's List of Things to do in Venice:

Getting Lost
Like I said, walking is one of the best thins to do in Venice. It is really nice to put away Google Maps and just walk down beautiful little streets and get lost. It is truly like a maze. The city is built upon a no-road system and the bridges and piazzas connect neighborhood to neighborhood. No worries, maps will be there when you are done and ready to find your way, but getting lost and walking around Venice is truly a magical experience.
 
 
Rialto Bridge
Over populated, but I can say I saw it! It crosses over the Grand Canal. It is the most photographed bridge in Venice. I don't know why. My favorite was the Ponte Dell'Accademia (see below).
The Grand Canal and Bridges
This is the waterway around the city. All of the buildings were built in the 13th and 18th centuries by wealthy Venetian families. I loved visiting the Santa Maria Del Rosario right on the canal. There are four bridges across the canal: the aforementioned Rialto, Ponte Degli Scalzi (right next to the train station as you arrive in Venice), Ponte Dell'Accademia (not as crowded as Rialto and offers great views), and the Calatrava Bridge. The later bridge is kind of a controversy because it is way modern and does not match the Venetian style. I will say with a suitcase it was my favorite bridge to cross in all of Venice!
St. Mark's Basilica
My favorite place to go with all the rich history. It is located on Piazza San Marco which always seems to be teeming with life. It is amazing Byzantine architecture. It sits next to Doge's Palace which we did not visit. I recommend going to the piazza that St. Mark's is located in during the day and night. At night, you can listen to all the music from the restaurants. It brings a remarkable beauty. During the day, there are many tourists and tons of people watching if that is your thing. Otherwise, the Basilica is a must do. We downloaded Rick Steves guide to the Basillica and walked around listening to it. Rick Steves was our Italian lifeline. We followed his recommendation for bag storage and shorter lines into the Basillica and I highly recommend doing the same!
Dining in Venice
We ended up just wandering down a little alley way and picking a restaurant based on the view or how hidden away from crowds it was. We got decently lucky and all the food was great!

Muro: Some good pizza. Who doesn't love some good Italian pizza!
Pane Vino: We were up early coming to Venice and were very hungry early so we went to a restaurant that was open. Most restaurants open for dinner late by American Standards.
La Bitta: Small but good menu!
L'Archivio: Great little place to stop after walking and enjoy a panini and glass of wine!
Farini: We stopped here for lunch. Super modern, clean, and beautiful.


Venice, you were great! I think we packed in the perfect amount of fun in the 48 hours we had with you. Arrivederci (good-bye)!

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