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Venice

Venice is one of my favorite places on earth. One of the best things about Venice is the total lack of cars on the roads. Part of the charm of Venice is being able to explore the entire city on foot. While I was only in Venice for 4 days/3 nights, I was able to make the most of my time.

Day 1:

As I mentioned in my Florence post, had to cancel my trip to Cinque Terre because of strikes that canceled all of the trains to Cinque Terre. This caused me to come to Venice earlier than I anticipated. Cinque Terre was the part of my trip that I was looking forward to the most. I was upset about my plans not working out, and  decided to splurge on a single room in the We_Crociferi hostel. I cannot say enough about this hostel. It was so perfect, and definitely put me in a better mood.

The view from outside my window

After having diner in the courtyard of the hostel, I decided to walk around Venice. I loved getting lost in the streets of Venice. While wandering around, I followed the signs to St. Mark’s Square.

Once I finished walking around the square, I followed the signs to the Rialto Bridge and walked into all the little shops.

Walking around Venice, I fell in love. Every street was so pretty. I honestly could not stop taking pictures.

Eventually, I headed back to the hostel to plan the rest of my time in Venice.

Day 2:

I woke up early to catch the water taxi to Murano (famous for Murano glass). Once I got to the island, I headed towards the Glass Museum. This museum was so pretty, I loved exploring it’s collection.

The hand-crafted glass is absolutely amazing

After exploring the Glass Museum, I went on a hunt for some mosaic jewelry. When my grandmother was in Italy a few years back, she brought me back this beautiful mosaic ring, and I wanted to find more to bring back to my family.

The ring my grandmother bought me

I was surprised that I only found one shop on the whole island that sold what I was looking for. I honestly wish I had bought more of the jewelry. It was all so beautiful!

Once I was done shopping, I grabbed a table outside of a restaurant by the water taxi and ordered an Aperol Spritz.

Aperol Spritz was my go-to drink in Italy

When I got back to Venice, I decided to head back to the Rialto Bridge to look into a gondola ride. While I was looking at the price of a gondola ride (so expensive if you’re traveling alone!), two couples asked me if I was alone. They needed one more person to fill their boat, and said that I could join them for €10. I eagerly said yes, and just like that, we were climbing into the gondola.

This was so much fun! One of the couples on the boat brought wine and strawberries and offered to share. Not only did I get to enjoy a glass of wine and a snack while cruising through the canals, but I also got to have my own little photo shoot. All for just €10. Venice was good to me.

About to sail under the Rialto Bridge

Trying not to tip the boat, while changing positions

I know this is supposed to be seductive and sexy, but come on…I am just awkwardly eating a strawberry, while a couple I met 5 minutes ago snaps my picture

A few hundred pictures (and filters) later, we have the money shot!

After my perfect day, I went back to grab my thing from the We_Crociferi hostel and headed to the hostel I originally booked for my stay in Venice (remember that I had to get there a day earlier than planned). I took the water taxi to the Generator Venice hostel. Once I checked into my room and put my things away, I grabbed dinner from the hostel restaurant, and took my pasta and wine outside to watch the sunset.

 

I can’t imagine a more perfect ending to the perfect day.

Day 3:

Having an extra day in Venice meant that I had time to visit Burano. This is literally the cutest place on earth. Every house is brightly colored, and has it’s own unique character.

Literally the most adorable house I have ever seen!

I decided to try to take a picture with all of the different colors.

I started to run out of faces to make, so I bought some gelato to join my pictures (like I need another excuse to eat gelato)

I could have spent forever on that little island. I stayed as long as I could, and took the last water taxi to Venice. When I got back to Venice, I enjoyed one last pasta dish by the water, enjoying one last Venice sunset.

Day 4:

I woke up early, and had a cappuccino and a croissant. I walked the streets of Venice one last time, then hopped on a train to Milan.

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