Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Venice

Buonjorno! So back in May I went on a little graduation trip with my family to Italy and guys, I fell in love with the place. I have been dying to go to Italy for as long as I can remember and it totally surpassed all of my expectations. It was a whirlwind of a trip, as we were there for only two weeks but managed to visit Venice, Florence, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast. Which city was my favorite? Well, I'll just say don't like to play favorites.

The first stop of our trip was the beautiful city of Venice. After a long day of travel, with a layover in Amsterdam, and seeing this flying in, we finally made it. We arrived in Venice with bleary eyes and adrenaline rushing through our veins, so glad to finally be there. We then took a water taxi from the airport to our hotel and felt like we had stepped off the plane into a dream world.
Venice is an extremely beautiful and charming city, but all of those rumors you hear about Venice being extremely touristy are 100% true. But let me tell you everything that it lacks is 100% made up in how beautiful it is. While you have to see places like St Mark's Square, the charm of Venice exists outside the beaten path. We spent 3 nights in Venice, and to be honest we probably could have shaved a day off of our time there.

Things We Did:

Get lost- If you do anything in Venice you must do this, which let me tell you it's not hard to do. Venice is a maze full of narrow windy streets that will leave you gasping at every corner you turn being more beautiful than the last.

Spend the night- I highly recommend spending the night in Venice, which frankly might seem obvious but not everyone does this. Giant cruise ships come in and out of the city on the daily and bring along hoards of tourists, because of this the city generally empties out every night. The combination of the empty city and the windy streets make Venice wonderfully eerie at night.
St Mark's Square- You can't go to Venice and not go to see all of the iconic sights. I recommend trying to visit here early in the morning or later at night, as it is a literal zoo during the day.

Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica- Our first full day in Venice we had a guided tour where she took us through the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica. Definitely great things to do if you want to learn more about the history of Venice and Venetian culture.
Ride the vaporetto- The vaporetto is the waterbus in the city and it is not only a convenient way to get around, but it's also a great (and cheaper) way to get a tour of the Grand Canal.

San Giorgio Maggiore- You can go up in the tower of this church and it offers a fantastic bird's eye view of the city.

Visit Murano & Burano- Keep your eyes peeled for a second post that is coming of Murano and Burano! But these are two sister islands of Venice that are just a quick vaporetto ride away. Both islands are just as charming as the wonderful Venice.

Where to Eat:

So the food in Venice is underwhelming, the city is so overridden with tourists that finding really good, authentic Italian is far and few in between. With that being said I do have two places that I recommend.

Birreria Forst- This is a great hole-in-the-wall sandwich place, that always seemed to have a good amount of locals (a rare sight in Venice). It's a great casual stop for lunch and the sandwiches are so good!

Gelatoteca Suso- One word gelato. So good. The Opera is a must if you like chocolate hazelnut (or even if you don't!)


Fun fact: These hands were made in celebration of Venice's biennial! This installment, called Support, was made by artist Lorenzo Quinn. They are a statement to show that Venice needs support as the cities future is threatened by things like climate change and decay.

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

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