venice

Venice is something that most people have on their bucket list & for good reason… There is nowhere like Venice (at least not that I know of). The canals that wind through the city & boats sailing by are really an amazing sight.

We had bad weather unfortunately, but we managed to walk around most of the city & made our way to a nearby island, Burano. We also managed to eat a lot… Let me guess, you aren’t surprised?

where to stay:

  • We stayed right next to Piazza San Marco. However, I only recommend this if you want to be in the middle of the hustle & bustle of the tourists & shops. It was a really central location, which we loved. However for what it’s worth, we all agreed that if we go back, we would splurge & stay at a nicer hotel that is on its own little island & has water shuttles back & forth.

what to see/do:

  • I am a broken record here, but get lost in the city. There is really nothing like it.
  • Check out Rialto… Rialto Bridge looks over the Grand Canal & Rialto Market is popular as well — farmer’s market/fish market.
  • Hang in St. Mark’s square and people-watch
  • Day trip to Burano via water taxi
roaming
roaming
roaming
roaming
st peter's
st peter’s
burano
burano
burano
burano
every corner in burano was so fun & colorful
every corner in burano was so fun & colorful

what to eat:

  • Pre-dinner drinks at Starhotels Splendid rooftop bar… Nice view of Venice skyline
  • Dinner at Al Portego (highly recommended)- Get the shrimp scampi and the sesame tuna
  • Lunch at Al Gatto Nero (Burano)- Must get smoked pappardelle ricotta with langostine, mixed fish grill, and risotto
apertifs
apertifs
dinner at al portego
dinner at al portego
seafood pasta from al portego
seafood pasta from al portego
shrimp pasta from al portego
shrimp pasta from al portego
risotto at al gatto nero (burano) & aperol spritz at all times
risotto at al gatto nero (burano) & aperol spritz at all times

ugly truth:

  • Venice is magical, but the magic kind of fizzles away with the swarms of people
    • Shushu’s tip: Either go during off-season or stay at a hotel that has its own island (check out where to stay above)
  • It is pretty hard to get around with luggage through the city, and you will have to take a water taxi from the airport or train station
    • Shushu’s tip: Take a backpack that you can carry or find a place to stay close to a water taxi stop 

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