Venice in two days
Venice, or Venezia as they say in Italian. This beautiful city is unique and known as the floating city as it’s built on different islands with around 150 channels in total. Once it was the center of a powerful maritime empire and you’ll see many impressive and magnificent palaces and churches from that era while walking around in the city. The most famous one and the one you most likely have seen on postcards is Santa Maria della Salute.
It was my first time visiting Venice and had not many expectations than eating gelato (my favourite activity when in Italy) however after lot’s of research I understood quickly that finding homemade artisanal gelato, with no colourings, artifical flavours, preservatives would not be easy to find. But there were so many other things I enjoyed in Venice instead.
Beeing Easter weekend, Venice was crowded with tourists. I can’t stand masses of tourists especially when they’re hysterical with their selfie-sticks. I needed to get away and so I did. Intentionally I let myself get lost in the narrow alleys and crossed the canals with it’s beautiful bridges. I realized that it wasn’t until I had stepped out of the masses of tourists that walks around St Mark’s Square, that I discovered the true soul of Venice. I didn’t have time to visit the island Murano, known for…but I did take the vaporetto (water bus) to the island Lido to spend some time with an Italian couple I know who lives there.
What I loved most was my morning walks in Venice, going out when it was totally dark and see how it became light slowly, watching the local people, usually standing having their morning coffee in a bar, passing by the iconic canals and simply walk off the beaten path. Venice is a city full of mystery and charm which gives me a great reason to return!
While walking around in Venice don’t forget to look up and admire the impressive churches and other historical buildings..
Masquerade masks were sold everywhere in Venice. However, if you want to buy an authentic and handmade Venetian masquerade mask I would recommend to avoid the tourists stalls in the center of the city and locate boutiques that have handcrafted and traditional masks.
When you’re in Venice, try to avoid the touristic places and dare yourself to get lost in the narrow alleys. I did, and explored so much more of the city. And in the quartiers with local inhabitants you would see clothes hanging out to dry between old beautiful buildings.
The famous Piazza San Marco, crowded by daytime but peaceful by night.
I loved wandering around late in the evenings, when the streets were empty on the crowds of tourists; admiring the impressive historical buildings in serenity..and pass by the local people.
Santa Maria Della Salute, a Roman Catholic Church more known as Salute with it’s Dome that today has become emblemic with the city.
Early morning at Piazza San Marco.
The gondolas at a pier in Grand Canal and San Giorgio Maggiore in the backdrop. Was nice just to sit there listening to the sound of water splashing between the gondolas.
View to San Giorgio Maggiore
Doge’s Palace, or as they would say in Italian Palazzo di Ducale
The typical black venetian gongolas at a pier – a typical view in Venice
It was impossible not to stay and inhale the beauty of Venice while strolling around in the alleys and passing the canals with its beautiful bridges
When you find places where time has stopped <3 That’s what Venice is all about!
Early in the morning, trying to catch a glimpse of Santa Maria Della Salute, one of the best spots for that is the Accademia bridge
Before the traffic of gondolas and waterbuses in Grand Canal..
Venice in two days was definately not enough for me, however I did have a wonderful time and I hope to return and explore more of it’s beauty
Bed & Breakfast in Venice with homemade breakfast
I would also like to mention, if you’re looking for a cozy and charming B&B I can truly recommend Marco’s Il Giardino di Giulia in Venice. Unfortunatily it was already fully booked one of my days in Venice but I got to stay there on my last night. A beautiful room, Libeccio, with a small kitchen, a big bathroom and view to the garden in the courtyard. Very comfortable bed and beautiful old furnitures that added lots of charm to the room. It’s an environmental friendly B&B, meaning all products used are organic and friendly for the environment which I appreciated alot. The breakfast was organic with some of Marco’s delicious homemade Italian cakes!! Marco was born in Venice and knows Venice by his fingertips, and kindly shared his Venice with me which I appreciated alot as it was my first time beeing there. I really loved my stay at Il Giardino di Giulia and look forward to stay there again next time I go to Venice :-)