St. Mark's Square
Sunsets in Venice are something else <3
Bridge of Sighs
This architecture though!!
You must try an aperol sprits! Venice is known for this drink.
The Rialto Bridge. Great shopping around it.
Mornings were soooooo cold! I had to bundle up!
SO MUCH COLOR!!!!
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute form the distance.
Views from St. Mark's Campanile tower
Tuttinpiedi - best pasta ever and even better people!
St. Marks's Square
LOVE this sweet friend and that I got to visit her while she is doing big things in Europe!
This has been a long time coming but I wanted to make sure to include pictures of some of the iconic Venecian views and write a post of things to do in Venice so that it can be helpful for you guys in case you are planning a trip there any time soon :)
I love love love Italy and every time I get to visit this incredible country that is rich in culture, traditions, history, and landmarks I always have a wonderful time and end up wanting to visit again.
This time, my friend Kirby and I traveled from Florence to Venice for New Years Eve. This was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Venice is in the top 10 places to celebrate NYE in Europe. Warning, if you are going to Venice during winter time, it will be cold! I had an expectation that winters are mild in Venice but it was about 28-40 degrees for most of our time there which is why there is a picture of me all bundled up about (hat, thick scarf and all haha). Another tip for Venice is that there are no busses or cars in most of Venice as it's located on the island so the way to go around is by foot and by water taxi. If you arrive there by train, do not agree to the guys offering taxi services in the /by the train station. Odds are your hotel is within the walking distance or if it is far, walk out of the train station and right across the station is water taxi area where you can grab one to the part of the island that you are trying to reach. My friend Kirby and I made a mistake of trusting the people offering taxi which ended up being a wooden cart that a man used to wheel out stuitcase to our hotel that was a 3 min walk from the train station (rookie mistake for us) but we also paid 20 euro for that unnecessary service. This is obviously a tourist trap and I wanted to share it with you!
If you are going to Venice for NYE, I advise asking several locals where to watch the fireworks from. It changes a little bit every year so you don't want to miss it. I recommend staying around St. Marks Square close but by the water for the best views.
Best restaurants that are not tourist traps are located in the area called the ghetto. I recommend you make your way over that way and Venice does have a few Michelin star restaurants that are very affordable and obviously delicious. This also changes every year so do your research before but a couple of them are listed below.
It's very doable to see all/most of Venice in 2-3 days if you pack the days to the fullest and enjoy walking about 8-10 miles a day! That's how my friends and I visited Venice and loved every second of it.
If you are a photo enthusiast and love to coordinate your wardrobe with the surroundings, bring colorful pieces as all of Venice is vibrant and you can definitely find a building to match your outfit for that cute picture ;)
Here are some of the things that are must-see.
1. Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal.
2. Go on a gondala ride through the Grand Canal.
3. Chase pigeons at the Saint Mark's Basilica square.
4. Visit Saint Mark's Basilica inside.
5. Walk by the Bridge of Sighs and learn about the history of the bridge.
6. Go on a day trip to Burano and Murano islands by water taxi read more about it here.
7. Climb St. Mark's Campanile tower.
8. Go to the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. This is one of my favorite Venician gems.
9. Want to experience Venician opera? Go to Teatro la Fenice. The building is stunning.
10. Admire St. Mark's Clocktower. Located in the Saint Mark's square.
11. Go to church of San Giorgio Maggiore.
12. RESTAURANT RECs:
a. Tuttinpiedi : this is a hidden gem. It a place where you can grab pasta to-go! It's sooo good!!
b. Algiubagio : AMAZING food and great service. I recommend the truffle pasta dish.
c. La Colombina: really good food and the line is always out the door.
d. Trattoria Misericordia: it was so good we went there twice! Their seafood dishes are so good!
Hope this helps! I can't wait to go back to this beautiful city someday!