Flashback Friday: Venice

Sometimes when I sit back and think about our travels through Europe it’s hard to believe I wasn’t dreaming.  I know that sounds super cheesy but it couldn’t be more true.  The experiences we had on our  month long hiatus was truly unforgettable.  It has been a while since I have shared a Flashback Friday post and this Venice stop is well over due.

Venice is one of those places you really have to see to believe.  Yes, it’s super touristy and mainstream but regardless of how touristy it is, it’s something that you need to experience once in your life (before it’s under water).

Venice in your future? Here are my top 5 things to see and do!

1.) Take a look around.  Walking through the tiny streets kept us busy most days.  With every turn there were new sights to see, shops to look in, and treats to try.  Go explore, get lost, and take millions of photos! Make sure you make your way up the bell tower- the wait can be long during the day so evening is usually a better option.  We happened to luck out when we went there was no line and the sun was just setting.  The view from the tower is breathtaking!  Make sure to have your camera/phone ready to snap some Instagram worthy photos!

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ven20 ven212.) Eat…obviously… you’re in Italy after all!  Venice is (as I’m sure you have heard) littered with over priced, touristy restaurants so it’s important to do your research. We never eat at a place before reading the reviews on Trip Advisor or a blog and let me tell you it is worth it.  We discovered Dol Moro’s Fresh Pasta, a hidden gem in the heart of Venice.  A tiny hole in the wall, nothing fancy, not even a seating area but has cheap ahhh-mazing pasta… fresh pasta, honestly my mouth is salivating at the thought of it.  A perfect place to grab lunch!

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3.)Enjoy a beach day.  In the middle of our three day stay we decided to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Venice and take the ferry over to Lido Beach.  A cute little beach town a ten minute boat ride away.  The sand was beautiful, the weather hot, and the water was super calm.  I highly suggest this if you’re staying in Venice for a longer period of time. It is a nice break from the site seeing.

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4.) Experience the gondola! It took me some time to convince Brandon that it was worth it- I don’t remember the price but I know it seemed ridiculous at the time but trust me it was sooo worth it.  You can’t go to Venice and not go on a gondola ride.  It was as magical as I imagined it would be. Worth every penny!

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5.)Watch the sunset from the Grand Canal bridge.  We did this by chance and it is one of the most picturesque moments I have ever experienced.  The photo I snapped actually looks like a postcard… nope! All me and my Iphone… go me!

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Have you ever been to Venice? Did I miss anything?!

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22 Comments

  • 4 years ago

    Wow, it is so beautiful ! I hope to visit Italy one day, it is so stunning, thank you for the advice <3

    XOXO
    Jess
    http://jessprainstyle.com

    • 4 years ago

      Oh I hope you go some day!! It is just fabulous!n

  • 4 years ago

    LOVED Venice! These photos bring me back <3

    http://heyprettything.com

    • 4 years ago

      Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • 4 years ago

    These photos are GORGEOUS Holly! They make me want to hop on a plane and go back to Italy. Totally agree with you on these, especially #1-3 (about Italy in general, I have yet had the chance to experience Venice but will them in mind when I do! :)). We loved just walking around the streets of Rome & Amalfi Coast and just take in all the beauty around each corner. Thank you for sharing! xx

    Cindy
    http://www.whenindoubtblog.com

    • 4 years ago

      Thanks, Cindy!! I hear ya… Looking back at them makes me want to hop on a plane and go back haha. I have always wanted to go to the Amalfi coast, we were trying to squeeze it into our plans but it just didn’t work- maybe next time!!

  • Britt+Whit
    4 years ago

    ugh this makes me miss Venice! I went for Carnivale a few years ago and it was amazing! The masquerade balls and all the costumes were breathtaking! Love your photos!

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

    • 4 years ago

      Thanks girl! It truly is the so beautiful! I can’t imagine the masquerade ball you’re so lucky to experience something so amazing

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    • 4 years ago

      Thanks, Andy! I think so too!

  • 4 years ago

    Gorgeous photos! I miss Italy! Totally agree with #2-pasta will never get any better!
    xx
    Carly
    http://bunbunbook.com

    • 4 years ago

      Ah, isn’t that the truth!? I couldn’t get enough of it when I was there!

  • 4 years ago

    Such amazing photos. I absolutely adored Venice, and hope that I can return one day.
    xo, jill
    http://www.BornFancy.com

    • 4 years ago

      I can hardly wait to return, too!

  • 4 years ago

    I just went to Venice a few weeks ago for my honeymoon. Dal Moro’s was hands down the best pasta I had in Italy!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

    • 4 years ago

      Ah I know and so cheap!! SOOOO good!!

  • 4 years ago

    I wish I was there! Your photos are so beautiful.

    http://misspippisstyle.blogspot.hu/

    • 4 years ago

      Thanks!! You definitely need to go one day, it’s so beautiful!

  • 4 years ago

    Absolutely love VENICE!

    http://www.julialundin.com

  • 4 years ago

    I was in Italy around Thanksgiving and I completely get your feeling, it’s surreal and magical and feels like it was a dream! I dream about the day I can go back because it was so special. Venice is definitely on that list since we didn’t go last time, so thanks for all the amazing tips! And your sunset photos are gorgeous!
    Vanessa
    http://www.theretropenguin.com

    • 4 years ago

      Awe thanks for the sweet comment! You will have to go back to Venice one day you won’t regret it!

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