Ahhhh, Venice! This city is quite remarkable! Right away you’ll be taken back by the sites and sounds…gondoliers serenading lovers as they float down small romantic canal ways. So dreamy! By the time we reached Venice, we were pretty exhausted from walking miles and miles exploring Rome and Florence. So, we decided on more of a relaxed approach to exploring this magical city. Maybe next time we’ll visit more of the museums and attractions…any excuse to return one day!
-Explore Venice at night when all the tourists leave
After we settled in our hotel for a bit, we decided to explore Venice at night. I highly recommend it! Most of the tourists (I say this like I’m not one, haha!) had left for the day to return to their hotels. You’ll get a better sense of local life at this time of day. St. Mark’s Square is stunning…restaurants are open late, musicians playing music beautifully, couples dancing in the square, the reflection of Venice as it glistens in the water that rises in the streets! Pure magic!
Tip: pack rain boots! You’ll need them:-)
I knew that Venice was known for having a wide variety of hand blown glass made in the nearby island of Murano. I didn’t know, however, about beautifully handmade venetian lace and that it is becoming a dying art. We stumbled upon (when I say stumbled upon, I mean my husband found this place and walking directions on his smart phone. I love technology!) a wonderfully quaint lace factory where the owner’s son gave us an Italian history lesson on lace making and personally showed us around Kerer Lace and Linen.
-Get wonderfully lost
It’s true! Everyone that says getting lost in Venice is a wonderful experience, they’re right. I’m thinking Venice is possibly the best place in the world to get wonderfully lost! Don’t over think it, just wander down quaint little alleyways, explore unique little shops, go over charming bridge after charming bridge. The more lost you get, the better!
Tip: ask for a business card at any shop, hotel, etc…there will be a map on the back that shows you exactly where you are.
-Skyline Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Molino Stucky
This rooftop bar has amazing panoramic views looking over Venice, a great place to have a couple of drinks and an appetizer or two!
This hotel was once a flourishing flour mill that received a complete renovation that is now a Hilton Hotel complete with rooftop pool, restaurants, bar, and my personal favorite…spa! We splurged an a massage to celebrate our fifteen year wedding anniversary. Best decision ever and my first Turkish Bath experience!
Tip: consider joining Hilton Honors, you can earn points that can be used for hotel stays at any of their locations around the world.
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Have you been to Venice? Any tips to share?