We recently went on an Italian holiday and our first stop was Venice. We arrived by boat from the airport, which is the best way to come into the city and take full advantage of the beauty of Venice. Scott and I wandered the narrow, winding streets and came across troves of shops, street vendors and eateries. The canals and bridges make navigating interesting, but that’s half of the fun!
This paisley dress is very seventies bohemian chic and is now on sale! The free spirited dress has a billowy silhouette which helps to channel you’re inner flower child. The off the shoulder neckline is on trend and will easily transition into fall. For walking around Venice I paired it with a skinny, studded leather belt and gladiator sandals. But with the change of seasons just around the corner, brown boots will work well for fall!
The Piazza San Marco is one of Venice’s main attractions with the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Torre dell’Orologica also known as the St. Mark’s Clock Tower. It’s a great place to sightsee, people watch, wine and dine.
Scott and I woke up early prepared to hike to the top of St. Mark’s Campanile. To our surprise an elevator has been installed. The ride to the top of the bell tower is well worth the 8 euros it costs to ride the elevator. The bird’s eye views are absolutely breathtaking.
Other fun things to do in the City of Water:
- Drink Bellini’s at Harry’s Bar near the Piazza San Marco. The author Ernest Hemingway was a regular and once had his own table here!
- Take a vaporetto (water bus) to the the small islands of Burano and Murano. Burano is known for it’s colorful houses and lace products, while Murano for its glass blowing. Scott and I detoured to Burano and it was well worth the 40 minute boat ride. Stay tuned for a future post featuring Burano!
- Have coffee and drinks at the Caffe Florian which is located on the Piazza San Marco and has been an institution since 1720. Sit outside during the summer months to listen to the Florian orchestra play and people watch. You won’t be disappointed!
- Eat at Al Chianti near the Piazza San Marco for Italian classics or at the local hang-out Trattoria alla Rivetta for local dishes and loads of seafood.
- Take a gondola ride down the Grand Canal. Make sure to bring vino for the ride!