I’m finally getting the chance to sit down and write up my Venice blog post. April has been the busiest month so far, although I’m not complaining because I have had an incredible 21st birthday! Venice was beautiful and we’ve already been looking at our next trip back there. Everywhere you look there was something different to see, it truly was like a painting!
Our hotel was located in Mestre only a 15-minute drive away from the centre of Venice. We arrived at Marco Polo airport at around 10 AM, went straight to our hotel and got an early check in then went for a walk around the Mestre area, mainly full of little coffee shops and houses it was beautiful.
On our first evening we caught a water boat into Rialto, this is where Jordan took me for my birthday meal. We went to a lovely romantic restaurant called ‘Ai Barbacani’. I opted for the fillet steak with rosemary and garlic infused potatoes, followed with a large glass of pinot! Dessert was a lemon and pistachio mousse and a free birthday shot of limoncello 😉
It is very easy to get lost in Venice we didn’t think of purchasing a map and thought we would just wing it. We did have maps on our phone to help us both but don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll be fine because you have maps, you’ll still get lost! It literally is just bridges, alleys and beautiful buildings. You can walk around for hours and never get bored! Venice is extremely popular for tourists, you can see most in one day if you wear comfortable shoes (I made the mistake of only taking sandals…)
On Saturday which was our first full day we went for breakfast in the hotel and then ventured out into the town. We didn’t realise how many commercial shops there would be, they even had a Sephora! Those who know me will know my love for pizza, I didn’t shy away from it when in Venice that’s for sure! With so many pizza and pasta restaurants it was a tough decision to choose where to go. Venice is known for its seafood, but I don’t like fish so I can’t comment on that. After tasting real Italian pizza, dominoes will never taste nice again. We did have a bit of hassle on Saturday evening, we were very hungry so just went to the first restaurant we saw. After waiting for our drinks for about 15 minutes we were already annoyed, about half an hour after that while impatiently waiting we saw that a couple next to us and behind got their starters before us! They arrived about 25 minutes after we did too. I didn’t want to give them our money so Jord complained, the restaurant had no name on it unfortunately otherwise I’d warn you all not to go there! Luckily a quick walk around the corner we found a lovely restaurant who were very attentive and the food was delicious!
We saw mostly all of the City, the weather was also very kind to us. On our last day, we sat on the canal front with bellinis and beers and enjoyed the atmosphere. Our feet were aching from all the walking so we decided to have a chilled out day, buy some souvenirs and eat lots of food. We did go to St Marks Square on Saturday but as I had a dress on I wasn’t allowed in anywhere, so we went there Sunday instead.
Hopefully, we can go back there during the Venice Carnival, some of the masks they were selling were extraordinary, although some were quite scary. I did purchase one to bring back with me though!
This was the best present I could ever get and i’m so thankful! boy done good right? 😉 I have made a short video which includes some videos of my time in Venice! There is only so much you can write about it, pictures and videos really do the talking. If you’d like to watch it please click the following link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fAKTfUmxVQ&t=177s