Part two of our Eurotrip was Italia. If you missed Part One (Germany), read about that here.
After departing Germany on the morning of March 20th, 2017, we had a short flight to Venice. From the airport, we took a water taxi to Venice.
Luckily, the aunt of our airbnb host met us at the water taxi drop-off in Venice. I don’t think we could have found our way without her guiding us! She led us through several narrow, unmarked, winding passageways before we reached our temporary home away from home.
Our Venice flat was amazing. It was beautiful inside, along with a stunning view of the city from the balcony. There was a delicious gelato shop right by our place, which was very convenient. There was also a bakery nearby that served yummy croissants. The flat was a close walk to most of the major sights, but was on a quiet street so it was very peaceful. The location really couldn’t have been better. I wish we could have spent a month here. If you haven’t used airbnb before, I highly recommend you check it out! You can get $40 in travel credit if you sign up here!
After we got all settled into our place, we headed out to see the town and find some lunch.
We carried our pocket phrasebook with us and attempted to speak (albeit very poorly) Italian everywhere that we went. Almost everyone we encountered did speak English, but we felt that it was important to try to speak their native language in their country.
We spent the day exploring, including going to St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. Both were a bit crowded, but definitely must sees.
Literally everywhere in Venice is beautiful.
For dinner that first night, we had some delicious pasta at a quaint little spot. Our server brought us free digestifs after dinner. It was limoncello – I loved it!
After diner, we walked around Venice and ended up back at the Rialto Bridge and then at St. Mark’s Square. It was cool to see both places illuminated in the dark, and there were way less people.
The next day, we headed to St. Mark’s Square to see the inside of the basilica. We arrived right as it opened, so we only had to wait a minute or two in line. It was pretty incredible to see all the detail that went into the design. (No photos were allowed inside the church.)
We also did a tour of Doge’s Palace. We rented audioguides and then explored on our own. It’s a beautiful place – each room is more elaborate than the next.
This day also happened to be our 2-year wedding anniversary. What better place to celebrate than in Venice? Our celebration included a gondola ride. It may be touristy and expensive, but it was worth every penny. Gliding through the canals, with beautiful old buildings and unique bridges everywhere, an Italian tenor singing softly in the distance – it’s pretty perfect.
For dinner we went to an amazing Italian place that K found. I think our server appreciated us trying to speak Italian because he brought us free aperitifs. The aperitif was quite bitter, but I drank it anyway. When in Venice!
After dinner and drinks, we headed out and decided to try to get lost in the winding streets. We bought some wine from a little store and then meandered through the narrow walkways, sipping as we walked, enjoying the magic that is Venice.
The next morning, we packed our backpacks, stopped for one last croissant and coffee, and then headed to the train station to catch a high speed ride. Until next time, Venice…
Next stop, Roma!