27 June 2013

Venice, Italy - #travelthursdays

Six years ago, I fell in love.


As with most love affairs it was brief but torrid. I fell hook line and sinker for Italy. We spent two weeks in total in the most gorgeous country I've ever been to yet; 4 days in Venice, 3 days in Pisa (finding a surprisingly good beach tucked away), 3 days in Florence, and 4 days in Rome.



Rome left me a little cool, it was busy and crazy. Florence was fantastic, a very laid back artsy city. Pisa we thought was going to be a one trick pony, but Venice, oh how I loved it.




Venice, how I love thee (especially on a late-summer's day). The jewel-box churches, the history and the uniqueness of a floating city, combined with some of the best food in the world.






My best tips;
  • Take the water taxi out around to the outlying islands & plan to come back around twilight. Watching the sun set as Venice appears on the horizon is astonishing.
  • Don't be taken in by the tourist trap restaurants, and try the house wine. It's normally delicious.
  • Try not to go at the height of summer, apparently it doesn't smell very good and swarms with tourists.
  • Prepare to get lost in Venices' wandering streets. It's the best way to stumble upon something beautiful. 

 

Florence stole my heart many, many moons ago, Venice has my soul, Rome my thirst and hunger, Tivoli my artisticly history drenched imagination.









9 comments :

  1. I absolutely adored venice, so much so we went twice! We are about to go to Italy again in a couple weeks, We are flying into Rome this time and staying there for a few days and Florence for a few days (because we've been to florence before and loved it). Do you have any recommendations for Rome? other than the colosseum!

    Dannielle @ Chic-a-Dee

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    1. Hi Dannielle,
      The Pantheon is a must do, as is the Santa Maria sopra Minerva a block away (if you like churches it's gorgeous!), for pizza we enjoyed Rosso pomodorro which is pretty tourist friendly and generally just following your nose!

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    2. Ps. If going to the Vatican it is utterly worth the wait but go EARLY.

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  2. hello Emma, forgive me for answering Dannielle's question - of course, Vatican City, Trastevere, Spanish Steps, Via Condotti (for fashion) etc. etc. have fun.
    Emma - for the past 30 years or so I have been to Italy (Venice alone at least 20 odd times) It has changed a lot of course and it really sad to see the terrible decline and the changing attitude of the restaurants, staff etc. towards tourists. They need them, but they dont like them.
    You are right, entering Venice at dusk or dawn is incredible. Keep away from the usual tourist routes - and if time permits, take a boat and go out to the Islands! For romantic occasions, anniversary et al! :), book a place on their own boat at Harry's Bar (free)to go out to the Island of Torcello for a most wonderful lunch! We now fly into Venice (via Emirates), take a super cheap bus from there straight into Padua (30 mins) and another day train straight to Florence. If you are at all interested, have a look at my husbands own blog www.manningtreearchive.com and the article "Viva Italia 4..Amore Piazza San Marco, Venezia - com' era, dov' era"

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    1. Oh no, fantastic - I'm definitely takuns notes too!!

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  3. Wonderful photo reportage. I am glad you chose this marvelous destination. It has a lot to offer. P.S. Nice name for a blog and the header image is very creative!

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    1. Thank you, your comments are very kind!

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  4. What a great place to visit, truly enjoyable experience!

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  5. Love this! Italy is probably my favourite European country thus far and Florence my hands down favourite city in Europe (aside from perhaps only London but then I'd be biased about that wouldn't I?!) :)

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