VENICE

I can not BELIEVE how long it has been since I last blogged. All I can say is that it has been a crazy, manic time. But anyway, i’m back and ready to talk about my recent trip to Venice – which was AMAZING.

We stayed at this really cute Airbnb based on what I can only describe as the mainland of Italy. If you’ve never been to Venice, it is actually a collection of hundreds of small islands, all grouped together, just off the coast of Italy.

It was a great base location and our hosts, Paolo and his two sons, were really lovely.

Once we had arrived and settled in, it was already 10pm and we were absolutely starving, so went to explore our local area. We found this cute little pizzeria where – and I kid you not – they had prossecco ON TAP for 2.5 euros. It was safe to say that at this point, we were pretty happy.

On our first proper day, we got the bus across the bridge and into Venice and spent the day exploring, getting our bearings, and enjoying some fantastic Italian food.

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After this, we headed to the Grand Canal for our Gondola ride. Which was hysterical and amazing all at once. The gondolas are quite pricey – but luckily I have the best boss in the world who actually paid for our ride!

There were a fleet of boats and we were serenaded through the winding streets of Venice which was pretty amazing.

We also enjoyed an amazing meal at Trattoria Da Silvio, which served the best four cheese gnocchi – and they had a resident cat, so I was pretty much in heaven. And of course, lots of Aperol.

On our second full day, we decided to visit all the main attractions, including the Peggy Guggenheim Venice collection, Libraire Acqua and the Campanile di San Marco.

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The Guggenheim was fantastic (although a little pricey!) and I got to see some of my favourite Salvador Dali paintings up close and personal.

But the real gem for me, was the Libraire Acqua, which I had been researching for several days prior to our trip. Essentially, this quaint bookshop floods every year as it’s right on the canal edge. They store most of the books in boats and up high on tables to stop them from being destroyed. And it is utterly packed to the brim with amazing books.

They also had this really cute and very instagram-able yard area outside, with steps made from huge encyclopaedias.

On our last day, we headed over to the island Burano, well known for it’s bright and colourful buildings. For this, we got a water boat that went north of Venice, and took about an hour.

The area was a lot less touristy but was truly beautiful.

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We had such an amazing trip, which came to a bitter end after I ended up with flu! But we have come back with some really amazing memories and very full bellies. Oh and their gelato is TO DIE FOR.

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Ciao. X

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