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.