Venice, without a doubt was one of my favorite cities! It was truly unique, like nowhere I've ever been before. The city is built on low mud banks in waters of the Adriatic. Homes are often flooded and for that reason, most living quarters begin on the second floor.
Residents of all ages mostly walk, but often rely on boats and water taxis when traveling to other parts of the city that are further away. Each morning, boats arrive bringing in goods to restock stores and restaurants.
The long corridors are marked as streets throughout the city. They say the best way to see Venice is to get lost. And that we did on several occasions.
There isn't much land in Venice, so the residents take great care in planting beautiful window boxes and many of the balconies are adorned in flowers.
Our apartment was booked through Trip Advisor. I can't tell you how nice it was to spend three days in a "home" rather than a hotel room. We were able to cook in the apartment and do laundry which made packing light doable. The added bonus was that the apartment had two balconies with plenty of seating and breathtaking views.
entrance to our apartment
one of three bedrooms
the view from atop the balcony
Mr. and me enjoying the balcony
The Venice Farmer's Market is open five days a week. One morning Mr. and I went to market to buy fresh food for dinner. This market was like none I've ever seen! We bought lots of fruit and veggies that we enjoyed during our stay.
Outdoor cafes are everywhere making it very tempting to stop for a snack, cappuccino, or prosecco depending on the time of day.
We spent several hours with a private tour guide found through Italy Hotline. Spending time with someone who lives there was priceless! Nadia took us to places we never would have seen or known about. She even kept the teenagers interested :).
One afternoon, Nadia surprised us when we stopped into Palazzetto Pisani. The home was once inhabited by the Pisani family and is now a boutique resort. Seeing an actual house was such a treat! Marble and detail everywhere!
the parlor of Palazzetto Pisani
windows made from bottles
view from the balcony of Palazzetto Pisani
We could not leave Venice without the taking the gondola ride. In the past, gondolas were the main source of transportation, but now they are only used for tourists and special occasions for locals.
If you are still reading, thanks for sticking around. If you've been to Venice, I'd love to hear from you in the comment section. Have a great day!
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