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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Venice











I went to Venice in April this year, and this was the first time that I had ever been to Italy before. Sure, I have pinned endless amounts of canal shots on Pinterest and thought I understood how pretty it might be - boy was I in shock! Venice has to have been one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. I don't know if there is something about being around so much water that makes you feel so relaxed, but it didn't really hit me until I got back to England that I hadn't seen one car over the long weekend that I had been there.

We stayed in the cutest room just around the corner from St Mark's Square - we figured this was far enough from the hustle and bustle, but yet a good point of interest to navigate back to (for those who haven't yet been to Venice - it is VERY common to get lost and we absolutely did).

I have a couple of highlights from the trip, and therefore recommendations for anyone who is thinking of going. Number one would have to be stopping at Gritti Palace Terrace for a bottle of wine. This gave us THE most stunning view of the Grand Canal, I think I could have sat there all day watching the gondola's glide past. Tine wasn't too bad either...

We also visited Caffe Florian, which is the oldest coffee shop that is set in the heart of St. Mark's Square. I had found this from my research beforehand and thought it looked quaint...the inside was amazing! It really did feel like we had stepped back in time and were sat in some form of jewellery box. We expected the Coffee to be quite pricey with it being on the main square, but it seemed to be similar prices to what you would get elsewhere! It was a great way to start our first full day in Venice.

Whilst we were away we had booked ourselves onto a Cicchetti (a form of tapas, basically) and wine tour, which was fantastic. We spent a couple of hours having a guided tour and stopped off at different hidden bars that we normally wouldn't have found. At each stop we tried different food and wine and were able to understand the background from a local's point of view. There are hundreds of tours you can do whilst your there but we really enjoyed this one...especially because food and drink were involved!

It's safe to say we did A LOT of walking whilst we were there, but I really do think this is what you have to do. Wandering around the streets allows you to stumble on places that you might not necessarily have found otherwise. I have completely and utterly fallen in love with Venice. Until next time, Italy...


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