Oh my goodness. I can't believe I am sharing the last little bit of my summer vacation. I've been taking my time sharing these; going through each of my favorite photos and reliving all the wonderfulness we experienced. I look back and smile about every cappuccino, gelato, brightly colored building and magical skyline I got to experience. It just makes me happy. Purely happy. Can I be a professional traveler? I really believe I could easily pick up and live in one of these places, hide, and soak up all the good things these they have to offer. I wonder if Chris would be up for that? I'm sure I can social work the hell out of some Europeans - ya?
Any way, on to Venice! This was the last leg of our trip. We woke up in Rome and headed to the train station to make the three hour journey north west to the City of Love.
My first time on a train!! Holler. Train selfie for us.
Our Air BnB host met us at the train station and led us to our home for the next 2 days. This was SO helpful we had no idea where we were going. I have to tell you, it was love at first sight for Venice and I. I walked off the platform and took a look around - whooa...I thought. This - place is it.
OUR AIR BNB WAS THIS.
Pretty lucky. We gazed down at the gondolas, people watched from the window, and enjoyed the fresh air all throughout the apartment.
Once we took a moment to soak it up we decided to get out and get lost. Because, that's what you do in Venice. Enjoy the small alley ways an see where it all takes you.
First stop, it took us to a spirtz and food. Chris wasn't a fan of the spritz. I, however, was happy to help out and drain it for him.
The shadows and the colors amazed me.
Our first dinner at La Zucca. We were lucky to grab a table at that moment because they were booked up for two nights. This place had the most amazing fresh veggies and delicious dishes.
Espresso post dinner. Pinkies up.
Ok - are you surprised? Italian gelato tour continued, of course.
A few times, we just found a little water way and sat. Watched the boats and people go by.
The next day we checked out St. Mark's Square. Here is the St. Mark's Campanile, which is an old Bell Tower (5 bells up there).
The view from the top was on point. It is a lift up and there is a fee. We spent a good 30 minutes up there looking at all the angles.
We were up there and counting down the hour terrified those bells would ring...they did not. Thankfully.
Tourist much? I hope I didn't look like this lady.
We went to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and I was totally fascinated by her life. I really want to find a book to read more about her. Her house - oh my goodness - it was to die for.
Right down the road was the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.
It wasn't that busy inside, which is always nice. It was beautiful and peaceful.
We visited the Doge's Palace on our second day.
This is the view from the Bridge of Sighs. They say this was the last view the prisoners had before getting locked up. At least they made it a good one.
Take out lunch from Ai Garzoti - really lovely to grab something and bring it back to our place to relax for a bit.
We wanted a quick, easy, and less expensive dinner that night, so we opted to Biogi. They had fresh noodles and 5 different sauces to choose from. I got the duck ragu - it was a very good choice. We grabbed it then sat by the canal to enjoy our last night.
Oh and these guys rolled by during dinner. What the what...
And one more.
Last one best one. That makes about 9 days of gelato and I don't regret a thang. This one was from Fontego delle Dolcezze and I picked the peach, ricotta, and pistachio combo. I will try and recreate this at some point. I have to. HAVE TO.
We took another walk around the island one last time. We caught a glimpse of a wine delivery. Guess they had to refill all the liters we drank.
Here's a quick link up/list of some of the favorite things Venice we ate at, browsed, drank, and visited:
- We stayed in this AirBnB in
- Fontego delle Dolcezze Fav Gelato!
- La Zucca You'll need a reservation. Mostly vegetarian food, but they do have meat options, the veggie stuff is just what they specialize in. VERY yummy. Also the menus is in Italian - so be prepared with google translate or look at the menu before you go
- Bogi Good for a quick meal. Fresh noodles they make right there and you can pick your sauce. Pretty cheap too. We grabbed some noodles and sat by the canal. It was a nice change from the sit down places.
- Corner Pub They had great sandwiches for a quick bit.
- Ai Garzoti Really good prawn risotto
- Ostaria Dai Zemei Venetian Tapas place
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection
- St. Mark's Square - Rick Steve's has a great audio tour you can download
- Rialto Bridge was really neat, but super crowded, I didn't even get a photo because of the peeps.
Well that's a wrap! I'm already searching and planning for our next trip. I think I caught the international travel bug for sure. Bring it!