The first question everyone asks us about our trip is, “What was your favorite place?” My #1 is Bali. Greg’s is Chiang Mai. But a very close second for both of us is Venice, Italy. To me, all of Italy was just amazing. But Venice. Ohhhhhhhh Venice. I dream about this city often.
Besides the fact that it is a beautiful city built on water with canal lined streets, the buildings are so colorful, the food is SO good, the people are strong and blunt but so nice, the small alleys are so quaint, and don’t get me started on spritzes!
Before we got there we had heard a few stories about Venice being stinky and filled with mosquitos, but we never ran into either of those problems! The only not so lovely thing about Venice was the heat. It was realllllllllly hot! And to make matters worse, we didn’t book our hotel until the last minute. Not smart during summer when everyone is traveling and all the hotel rooms with aircon are booked. We slept for about an hour our first night in Venice trying not to die of heat and woke up bright and early to head to our nearest gelato shop.
Yup! Gelato for breakfast!
I don’t know what is happening with that hair.
Luckily an aircon room opened up for us at our hotel (Hotel San Maurizio) the next 2 nights so we didn’t have to sleep in a sauna anymore.
We only spent 3 days in Venice, and I can’t wait to go back. Our hotel manager told us to come back in May or September for better weather and less crowds. And next time I’m bringing my DSLR camera. This city is begging to be photo walked! Just don’t get too close to the canals and fall in…which we did witness happen to some poor lady.
Now let’s take a stroll through the canals of Venice, shall we…
Traffic jams in Venice are so romantical!
I just love the colorful buildings
My favorite time of the day was andar a cicheti, a Venetian tradition of stopping by the bàcaro (wine bar) for a spritz and tapas and sitting by the water watching the boats go by.
Getting lost in these small alley ways was another one of my favorites. Always popping out into a beautiful piazza or another view of the canals.
We even went to the beach one day! Until the storm rolled in.
Lucky us, our favorite pizza place (Pizzeria Sansovino) was right across the little alleyway from our hotel.
Venice, we’ll see you again someday…