24 August 2017

my love affair with venice

For those who are yet to discover Venice, this beautiful water city has to be one of my favourite places in the world. I don't know whether it's the amazing architecture, the old colourful streets or the freshly made gelato, there's something about the city of Venice that has part of my heart. 

I've been lucky enough to visit Venice three times, the first time was for my mums 50th birthday and our hotel was situated on the famous Grand Canal, my second time was with a friend of mine and we stayed a little out of the way from the main attractions, at a beautiful, budget hotel named the Palazzo Guardi. My third time was a day-trip, when I took a boat over from Croatia. 

It's true, something keeps pulling me back and I have no idea what it is. If you're a first timer or lucky enough to be a Venice veteran, here's some top things to do in the floating city: 

1. St Marks Square 
The hub of the city, St Marks Square is a large area which features amazing buildings such as the St Marks Basilica, I highly suggest visiting this famous land-mark along with Doge's Palace. 

2. Get around in a Gondola 
Pretty obvious, I know, but something you have to do if you're visiting Venice for the first time. If you're lucky, your Gondolier may even sing to you, this can be a little pricey so negotiate the price before you get into the boat. A great and relaxing way to see the city and experience it the real Venetian way! 

3. Go on a Wine Tasting Tour
Sadly, I didn't do this. But it's something I definitely want to do if I ever go back, Venice is also famous for Harry's Bar - a bar which invented the Bellini Cocktail. Here's the address if you fancy a cocktail or two... HARRY'S BAR, Calle Vallaresso 1323, 30124 San Marco 

4. Enjoy a birds eye view of Venice 
Go to the Campanile, which is the tallest building in the city reaching 99m and boasts 360 degree views of the city. In the summer it's open until 9pm and costs eight euro for adults. 

5. Take a trip down the Grand Canal 
This famous waterway is the heart of Venice, think of it like a motorway on water. The best way to see this is on a Vaporetto (water bus) and as I remember you can buy a ticket on board for around 5 euros (but don't quote me on that one). You can also hop on and hop off at different stops that take your fancy. 

6. Visit the other islands 
Venice is built on a lagoon which has other islands such as Burano and Murano, every heard of Murano glass? This is where Murano glass is made and you can pay to visit a glassblowing demonstration. Burano is a beautiful, colourful little island and is a must-see! You can get a Vaporetto to each island and buy your ticket on the boat. 

7. Cool down with Gelato 
You know what they say, Italy is also famous for it's delicious ice-cream. Try a scoop in St Marks Square, enjoy a glass of vino and watch the world go by. 

8. Experience Italian Shopping 
Italy is also famous for it's luxury shopping scenes and if you're in for a serious spending spree, then enjoy the likes of Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and other big Italian fashion houses. 

So, if you're thinking of booking a trip to Venice, then trust me, you will not regret it. 

Been before, recommendations? Comment below! 

G x


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