Venice is a place like no other.
A city that is blissfully free from cars and has you feeling as if you're in a work of art, akin to a dreamy watercolour painting. The kind of place you can magically have all to yourself despite the flocks of tourists that visit. Where you can get wonderfully lost in the moment and soak up the multitudes of history and romance in beautiful solitude. A visual feast that is ever so pleasantly built to a human scale, with each step providing you with more magic than the next.
Venice has a piece of my heart...and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Here are a few of the things that made me smile and filled me with wonder. This is my Venezia.
EAT AND DRINK
La Bottiglia - Local Street Food
We couldn't have asked for a better place to enjoy a leisurely lunch by the canal. Nibble on antipasto, sip on Prosecco and enjoy some great people watching. From locals going about their days, to seriously adorable dogs and in our case witnessing a grand piano being transported into a boat. True story.
San Polo 2537 -Campo San Stin, 30125 Venice, Italy
Osteria da Filo
Enjoy a relaxing Spritz (or two) amongst the locals in this cozy bar that is well away from the tourist traps. The drinks are very reasonably priced, the decor is charming and you can listen to live music on Wednesday evenings.
Santa Croce, 1539, 30135 Venezia, Italy
The best gelato I had in Italy hands down. Not to mention a great spot to take in the Grand Canal.
Fondamenta Zattere al Ponte Longo, 922, 30121 Venezia, Italy
SEE AND DO
The best way to experience Venice is to wander on foot with no agenda. Hit the backstreets and explore beyond the typical tourist spots (i.e. Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco etc.) to experience Venice like a local. Get wonderfully lost and discover all the beauty this city has to offer.
Take a boat ride
I must admit that taking a gondola ride feels a tad too touristy for me so instead I opted for a ride on a vaporetto, a public ferry. It was a great way to experience the beautiful canals and architecture and I look forward to taking further trips to the nearby islands next time I visit.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
A gorgeous space filled with the works of some incredible 20th century artists. Not to mention the terrace, which may very well be the best vantage point to soak up the visual feast that is Venice.
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, I-30123 Venezia
From May to November Venice hosts the Biennale, which alternates between art and architecture each year. This year we were lucky enough to attend the International Architecture Exhibition and are already plotting a return visit for the Art Biennale. You could easily spend two full days exploring these amazing exhibits. A must for lovers of art and design.