After our stay in Cinque Terre, hubby and I got back on the trains and traveled to Venice.
Our hotel was interesting: it had the tiniest of tiny rooms with a double bed going from one wall to the other, but there was a patio larger than the room itself with this amazing view!
We got to do quite a bit during our stay in Venice. My plan for the first day was to just get lost in the city. We headed to the Rialto Bridge and from there took whatever turn we felt like. It was a great day filled with quaint shops, stunning sights and we found a Leonardo da Vinci museum that had replicas of inventions that you could play with. Hubby was like a kid in a candy store there!
The next day we had a bit more of a targeted approach: see St. Mark’s basilica, go to the Peggy Guggenheim collection and take a gondola ride. St. Mark’s was, simply put, stunning. Millions of little tile pieces making the mosaics on the walls and ceilings. We also danced for about 30 seconds up on the terrace. The Guggenheim collection was very cool and it was my first time seeing a Picasso painting in person!
The gondola ride was fun: we saw a view of Venice that you can’t see any other way and we saw Cassanova’s house! That being said, I probably wouldn’t take another.
As far as food goes, hubby had his first Italian crepe here and had his best gelato experience to date. We also wandered and found the best thing I ate in all of Italy, an appetizer made of salad and to-die for cheese at some restaurant in the middle of a Venetian neighborhood. Hubby found the restaurant online an we trekked across Venice and then waited two hours to get a table. Well worth the wait though!