We arrived in Venice a bit late. We were on the hunt to first find wifi, a map and then our hotel. The city was like a labyrinth. The streets are as big as sidewalks. One street after another. We went one way and then the other with no sign of our hotel. We tried approaching several people to ask to see if they could help. Not knowing any Italian it was really hard. Knowing Spanish didn’t help either. I did not understand anything they were saying other than the a couple words here and there.
We had someone call our our hotel to see if we could get better directions. No one seemed to know where anything was. We finally made it there. We arrived, they did not have out registration ready. Thankfully we had a screen shot of our reservation. I realized that I had only booked our hotel for one night. We were there for two. I didn’t want to worry about it then. All I wanted was a beer and famous Italian pizza.
We put our stuff in our room and off we went to explore. I decided not to take my camera. I needed some time away from it. There was a really cute restaurant just about five minutes away from our hotel. I decided to try a new beer which surprisingly was pretty good. After a couple, I found myself getting tipsy. The beer I was drinking had 13% alcohol! Way higher than what we have in the States.
Since we had been lost for about an hour, we had pretty much explored the entire city. My feet were tired and I was ready to go to sleep. It was close to midnight and we wanted to weak up super early.
The next morning we wanted to weak up really early to find our new hotel we had booked. Thankfully our walk was only about ten minutes and we also had wifi, which made it super easy to find.
Our first stop was the Campanile di San Marco. We got in line to go up and see the whole city. The view was indescribable. This whole trip seems to be like that. We took tons and tons of pictures. We were up there for about 20 minutes and then we decided to go to the next place. The Basilica di San Marco.
We had about $30 euros left. We didn’t know if we were going to have enough money to go in. We got in line. The line seemed to be moving pretty quickly. Admission was free. It was hot and I was wearing shorts. When it was my turn, I was told I couldn’t go in without covering myself. I was embarrassed. We left the line and we tried to find the closest store. We quickly found one. I bought a really cute pink long skirt for $10 euro. My husband wasn’t wearing sleeves either. So we found a T-shirt for him as well. We got in line again. When we got in, we were astonished. The basilica was beautiful. No picture taken was allowed. I took it all in. I wanted to remember that place for the rest of my life. We were there for about an hour or so.
We walked through the Grand Canal. We were in search of the Rialto Market (a suggestion made by a friend). We made several stops. When we arrived at the Rialto Market we were overwhelmed by all the fresh fruits and all the different vendors. We wished we had a kitchen so that we could cook a meal ourselves. I grabbed the biggest grapes I saw and a couple of peaches. I wanted to buy more but since we were only going to be there for one more day, I was afraid I was going to have to throw it out.
After we were done with that, we decided to go to the hotel and drop some of the souvenirs and food we had bought a long the way. We rested for about 30 minutes and then it was time to hit the road again.
My friend also suggested to visit a store called Le Perle, a store were all the jewelry is made out of murano glass. I glanced at a couple of things but decided not to get anything. Trust me, I wanted to.
We saw one beautiful church after another. One of my favorite ones was Santa Maria della Salute. We din’t go inside because it was closed, but we made sure we took plenty of pictures.
By this time, I was starving. I had only gotten a coffee in the morning. Since we were back at the Grand Canal, we decided to splurge and get a fancy meal. Our meal did not disappoint, and we had the best view ever. It was all so romantic. And oh so expensive. Over $100 euros expensive!
We didn’t regret it. It was an experience of a lifetime. We went to see the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, as well as ended up buying three Venetian masks, some street art and more souvenirs we saw along the way.
Walking at night was beautiful and waking early in the morning to catch our train to Italy was the best. We saw the sun rise overlooking the city.
Now I’m siting on a train on my way to Rome. The city I have always wanted to see!
Update: Our anniversary is on June 8. Two days after we had arrived home. My husband’s gift? A beautiful necklace he purchased at Le Perle! I will treasure it forever!