Mike and I started off this summer with an Italian road trip. It was a trip we had been planning for quite some time, so when the day came to set off we were giddy with excitement!
We started our Italian adventure in Venice, a place Mike had never been to before and I had not visited since I was very young, so we were excited to discover the place together.
We arrived in style taking a water taxi through the Grand Canal and eventually to our lovely Airbnb in San Marco.
I forgot how beautiful Venice was! The city was glowing! And we loved being able to see the place by boat.
On our first full day in Venice it was raining cats and dogs, luckily the only rainy day of the whole trip, so we decide to escape the bad weather by sticking to the museums.
Our Airbnb was in the perfect location for exploring all the sites. It was just a few steps away to many of the galleries, and we got to pass by a few sites on our way, including the beautiful Rialto bridge.
First stop was Gallerie dell’Accademia, followed by The Peggy Guggenheim. The Peggy Guggenheim was by far my favourite of the two museums. I loved all the modern beautiful curated pieces and the unique setting.
It also provided a nice view of Ponte dell’Accademia.
We ended our day at the museums with an Aperol Spritz, a Bellini, both great Italian cocktails, and some wine watching the sunset over the canals.
On our second day in Venice we were greeted warm weather and beautiful sunshine, so we decided to head to Burano for the morning. Burano is an island in the Venetian Lagoon known for its lace work.
There are frequent ferries to many of the islands around Venice and we had chosen Burano as our destination of choice because we had been told by a local that Burano tends to get less busy than Murano, unfortunately when we arrived the place was heaving with people!
We escaped the crowds by avoiding the central canals, staying off the beaten path.
As you might know I have a thing for pastel coloured homes, so it was hard not to take a million pictures of this charming island.
Although, we had a lovely morning and lunch in Burano, next time, I would try head somewhere a bit more off the beaten track to avoid all of the tourists.
After lunch, we took the ferry back to the Venice for a quick change of clothes. We grabbed a gelato (when in Italy!) before dinner and went for a wander in the afternoon in the Dorsoduro area.
Crossing over the Grand Canal on our way and making sure to stop and take in the amazing view of the sun setting over this golden city.
On the last day in Venice, we woke up extra early to see Piazza San Marco.
We had been to the square on the first day of our trip, but it was so busy with tourists (and quite rainy!), so we wanted to get in another look before heading off.
The early start was so worth it! It was so nice to have the place to ourselves and just a few others- our own private tour of Venice. You can watch as the city slowly comes into life.
Basilica di San Marco looks amazing as the sun floods it with golden light.
And you get uninterrupted views of the beautiful Dodge’s Palace.
We sadly couldn’t stay too long, next stop on our journey was Verona!