Venice is a place you need to experience in person. As soon as you step out of the train station, it’s like you’ve been transported into another world! Where I live now, you need to drive everywhere so it’s really cool to be in a place with no cars at all. Our visit was brief, but we enjoyed every minute of it. If only we had more vacation days!
We visited two major landmarks. The first was Doge’s Palace. Until the end of the 18th Century, this is where the Doge’s lived and ruled. Besides the prison, no expense was spared in decorating the palace. As you walk from room to room, the walls and ceilings are completely covered with paintings that are further enhanced by lots and lots of gold ornamentation. I also loved the patterning on the exterior of the building.
The second major landmark we visited was St. Mark’s Basilica. The Basilica has been known in the past as the Church of gold because the entire interior ceiling is covered in gold mosaics. You can get an idea from the picture below, but that’s one section of just the entry way. Pictures weren’t allowed inside the domes. Additionally, we went up to the roof, which features a museum and opens up to St. Mark’s Square.
We also went on a gondola ride! It was a great way to see the narrow backstreet canals as well as the beautiful architecture on the Grand Canal. It is definitely pricey, but how can you go to Venice for the first time and not do it?
One of the things we learned about in Italy was aperitivo. The aperitivo is a pre-dinner drink and snack that is supposed to stimulate your appetite for dinner. One popular option that we saw, which I had always associated with brunch, was a Bellini. Did you know that Bellinis originated in Venice?
We stayed at the Residenza La Loggia, a B&B that was in walking distance to St. Mark’s Square. It was the perfect location and breakfast is set up right in your room whenever you are ready!
Catch up on our Italian adventures below: