I have to visit Venice at least once a year. It’s in my veins. I need it like my morning coffee fix. So even if it’s only for a few hours, I have to breathe that Venetian salty air that my great-grandmother used to claim was the best of the world. So during my last trip to Italy, between walks in the fields of Vicenza and road trips in Trentino, I managed to spend 5 hours in Venice. Only 5 hours. It wasn’t enought but I made the most of what I had.
To say that Venice is my favorite place in the world is an understatement (Exhibit A). If I had to pick a place to spend the rest of my days, I would choose Venice (Exhibit B, C, D and E). If I had to save one city from a meteorite, that would be Venice (Exhibit F and G). I would give you more evidence of my inconditional love, but you get the picture. In case you don’t, here you have some articles to read. I try to visit this mesmerizing city at least once a year, but whenever I get nostalgic I check these Instagram accounts. They are abolutely stunning and they show a real Venice, always at its best: Sildipi: gorgeous shots, acqua alta, and lonely canals. Celestalis: the editorial director of Venezia da vivere shares spectaculars pictures. Seventhesoul: he says he is a Venice lover and proves it with a lots of pictures of quiet canals. Faveromarco: hiden corners, altane and beautiful light. Neumarc: recommended by The Guardian, he claims to use Instagram as a daily therapy. …
The days before Christmas are an excellent time to visit Venice. The city is almost empty, the cold and the mist give the canals a surreal atmosphere and the Christmas decorations are subtle and elegant. Venice is also a great shopping destination and there are lots of lovely boutiques where you can buy the most charming Christmas presents for your loved ones. Here you have our tips for an unforgettable Christmas getaway in Venice: 1. Savour a nice piece of tiramisù or a meringata at Melita (Castello 1000, Fondamenta Sant’Anna) and then walk the calories away in the lonely Giardini Publici. Go back to the city center through the Riva dei Sette Mártiri to enjoy the best views of the Venetian Lagoon. In the distance you will spot the Campanile and San Giorgo island playing hide and seek with the fog. 2. You will need a hat because the wind will freeze your ears! You can find the most beautiful (and fancy) hats in Longo (San Marco 4813, Calle del Lovo) or Daniele (San Polo …
It’s 9 o’clock and I’m seated on the terrace of a tiny cafe next to Piazzale Roma. In fornt of me, a quiet canal where some gondole are still sleeping. It’s cloudy and I’m actually freezing, but I don’t want to miss the view: the dark green water contrasts with the golden details of the gondole. Even in this modest canal behind Piazzale Roma, Venice is wonderful.
A couple of weeks ago (time flies!) I was in Italy for a family celebration. We had a great time and made day trips to Lago di Garda and Venice. I love coming back to Vicenza: the smell of fresh grass under the sun, the lilting accent, the delicious food, the stunning architecture… This time all the family got together, so it was even more special. Here you have lots of pictures of my Italian getaway (and some travelling tips) if you’d like to see!
If you have ever visited this blog before, you know this is my favourite place in the world. If this is your first time here, you have just learnt one of the most important things about me. I’ve been in love with this city since I was a child. And the love story continues… Getting lost in Venice is something everyone has to experience before diying. Forget the hordes of tourists and focus on the architecture, the history and the unique personality of the city. Avoid for once Piazza San Marco and head to areas like Castello or Dorsoduro. Wake up at dawn and visit the Rialto Market. Plan a day trip to Torcello. Visit the Venetian Guetto. Buy a pair of gloves at JB Guanti. Mingle with the locals during aperitivo in the square next to Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo and don’t forget to come back for one of the best pizzas in Venice at Pizzeria alla Strega (Barbaria delle Tole 6418). Visit at least three churches. Enjoy a romantic dinner at …
Venice is my favourite place in the world. If I had to choose one place to stay forever, Venice will be the chosen one. Its architecture, its history, its food and its undeniable charm made me fall in love with this city when I was a kid. Since then, I’ve tried to visit Venice at least once a year. The Venice I love, my Venice, is placed in the Castello area. The Venice I love is full of empty tiny streets to enjoy long walks, lively squares to savour a Spritz and a nice conversation, boats that sell the best fruit and nights that are as enigmatic as silent. But there is another Venice: the opulent, decadent, exclusive and even obscene. That Venice surrounds the Gran Canal, that Venice is epitomize by those palazzi where lavish parties have taken place during years. I’ve always been so curious about it, I won’t lie. And this hotel seems the best place to discover it.
Venice is my place. The place that makes me feel at home, although it’s not my real home. The place were I feel good, pretty and full of energy. The place that makes me want to cry tears of joy when I arrive and the place I wish I didn’t have to leave. The place that I daydream of, the place where I could spend the rest of my life, where I know I will be happy. Today I wanted to share with you some pictures of my Venice. The details hidden behind the tourists, the little squares where I spent my childhood holidays, the peace that just Venice can give, the mistery, the loneliness… but also the joy, the bridges that I’ve crossed so many times, running when I was a kid and walking really slowly the last time I was there with my grandfather. Venice is the best place in the world. It’s my best place in the world.
Beautiful Venice, even when we have to say goodbye.
Visiting Venice is always magic, but if the Mostra is on… wow, glamour dapertutto! First thing to do: capuccino, cornetto and Vogue Italia, of course!