I loved Venice. It’s just as beautiful as the pictures you see, and the weather was so perfect. The week before we were due to go, the whole week was forecast for rain but we ended up with sun every single day and temperatures no lower than 23 degrees.
We ate our way through pizza and pasta, risotto and way too much gelato. I tried macaroons for the first time ever and LOVED them! And it is true what they say - Italian gelato is the best.
On day 1, we got there late afternoon and just ended up wandering around until we found somewhere to eat. We stood on Rialto Bridge at golden hour (one of the best views in the city!) and experienced our first Venetian sunset which was just as magical as you’d expect. Day 2, we went to St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and then walked through Dorsoduro which is a beautiful and much quieter neighbourhood in Venice. I’d probably stay in that area next time I visit. We walked all the way to Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute which is impressive and offers an unobstructed view of many of the big sights in Venice. Then we caught the vaporetto back to the train station.
Day 3, we took the vaporetto over to Lido di Venezia (Venice’s beach island), and go to see the back end of the Venice Film Festival (we missed Johnny Depp by a day - GUTTED). It was pretty cool to see the red carpet and the private water taxis coming in. Day 4, we went back to our favourite spots and found Scala Contarini del Bovolo which is a really beautiful tower tucked out of the way. It gives a really great view over the city, without all the crowds from the bell tower in St Mark’s Square. Day 5, it actually rained and we were due to fly home, so we ended up going to the airport earlier than intended. Overall, it was such a fantastic trip!