Italy is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever seen. Like Paris, I’ve always wanted to go to Italy. Last August, I had the privilege of going to three cities in Italy: Venice, Florence and Rome. Two days in each city. All three cities have different vibes. Venice was beyond gorgeous. I remember it feeling like an island riding from the airport to the hotel. The smell of salt water filled the air. The weather was hot but not too humid. We (Will and I) took a train ride literally ten minutes from our hotel to the train station and from the back of the train station, we walked through the doors onto the this platform on the Grand Canal. It was the most amazing view of the canal. Suddenly this whole scene of vaporattos and boat taxis at the docks and the astonishing buildings saturated my view. I felt like I was in an Italian film. The vaporetto took us on this incredible sightseeing expedition you see in these pictures. Your eyes cannot leave the lavish and striking architecture you see before you. It was so surreal.
Once we stepped off the boat to our destination, Will and I wandered through the maze of alley ways and squares. We saw little shops of Venetian masks, jewelry boutiques, divine churches, cute mini bridges to walk across the water, and delightful eateries with outside tables, chairs and umbrellas all designed to fill your belly with the most delicious pasta you’ve ever tasted.
We hit up all the major spots in Venice such as St. Mark’s Basilica in the Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s palace, Rialto Bridge, Gallerie Dell’ Academia, Basilica dei Frari and the Museo Correr. Then we took the most romantic gondola ride around the canal towards the end of the day. It was like a dream observing all the brightly colored buildings, doors and bridges.
We also had the most heavenly and buttery pasta ever. After walking for an eternity, we discovered this tiny little lunch spot along the canal. I had the pasta alfredo and Will had lasagna. The meal was soooo good. To end the day, we had to splurge on two yummy gelatos.
We truly enjoyed Venice. It was an extraordinary experience of a lifetime I will never forget.
Enjoy our snaps from Venice 🙂