Two words to describe Venice, Italy: Absolutely Magical! From the impressive architecture and winding cobblestone streets to the mystery and wonder of being transported by boat along the blue lagoon.
The trip to Venice was a surprise present from my love last year and I wasn’t disappointed when we arrived and started our romantic long weekend away. We went during Valentine’s weekend, one week after Venetians had celebrated their traditional Carnival, and we had a small glimpse of what was left of the festivities. Not only was this a trip to celebrate Saint Valentine, but also to celebrate our “half anniversary” together (of 1 1/2 years), which happens to be on February 13th. Today marks our 2 1/2 years together – we’re romantics and we know it.
I’ve put together the itinerary we did via photos that showcases our ventures around Venice and surrounding islands to give you a great starting point to planning your own getaway in the hopefully near future. The weather was chilly with a mix of sun and rain during our weekend there, but it really didn’t bother us and I’d go back during the winter months again. It was also less crowded since Carnival just finished and even though there were lots of tourists around, you could still find yourself to be the only one on the street. So I’ll say that Venice is a destination you can visit all year round.
After getting off the waterbus we headed towards our hotel to check-in and plan our day. My love found a great package via verychic.com which included a free room upgrade (to junior suite), a private boat ride to Murano island and an exclusive tour of a Murano glass workshop and enormous gallery.
Words of Wisdom: Ask locals and hotel staff for restaurant recommendations. It’s the best way to enjoy the same dishes as the local residents and to avoid any disappoint or potential food poisoning – which happened to me when we decided to eat cheap one afternoon but chose the wrong place to go to. I felt so sick and so weak we couldn’t enjoy our last full day completely. Thankfully by the end of the afternoon I was feeling much better before heading to the airport. You live and you learn!
Once arriving after our private boat ride to Murano, we entered into the workshop of the well-known glass-making family business. As we watched a live demonstration of a small horse figurine being made, our tour guide explained the entire process to us step by step as the artist was creating his newest work. Afterwards, we were guided through numerous rooms that displayed all different types of glass art – all shapes, sizes, cost and aesthetic you can imagine.