*Warning, this post contains a LOT of wanderlust-worthy pictures!*
For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know that I spent last week in Venice with Matt, his mum and his stepdad. I can hands down say that it was one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever been to (in fact, it’s probably made it into my top three favourite places in the world; New York, Budapest and now Venice).
We woke up bright and early last Tuesday (I mean literally, it was 2am) and we headed to Manchester Airport to catch our flight. The two and a half hour flight was extremely pleasant and we landed just before lunch in Venice mainland.
Once we took the boat to Venice island, costing around €25 each for a return, we arrived at our qaint little hotel. The walk saw us wandering through picturesque streets and over countless bridges – did you know that there are around 400 bridges in Venice?!
We stayed in the most gorgeous little boutique hotel called Hotel Castello and the rooms were pretty sizable, albeit the bathtub was a *tiny* bit small! The hotel was located just a two minutes’ walk away from Piazza San Marco which is probably one of the most famous landmarks in Venice.
Our first stop after a quick freshen up was to head straight to St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco). The architecture in this place was just out of the world so I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.
After walking around for hours we headed back to our hotel to freshen up and then we sat outside on the terrace and had a few drinks and played cards for a little while before dinner (we actually ended up doing this most nights as it was so lush up there).
For dinner, we ate at the most wonderful restaurant called Rossopomodoro where I ate THE most amazing lasagne I’ve ever had. I honestly couldn’t recommend this place enough; if you ever go to Venice then you absolutely MUST go to this place!
On Wednesday we did an insane amount of walking and saw a whole lot of historical buildings, canals and bridges. We visited the Santa Maria della Salute, the Venetian Arsenal and we enjoyed the most beautiful walk along the seafront.
We also went to the Leonardo da Vinci museum which was so incredibly interesting, and was only €5 to get in with a student card!
For dinner we went to the most incredible Chinese Restaurant called Jade Garden. I had the most delicious lemon chicken and chicken fried rice I’ve ever had. I couldn’t recommend this place enough; both the food and the prosecco were genuinely some of the nicest I’ve ever had!
Thursday was a much more relaxed day, in that we didn’t do quite as much walking. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll around, visiting more beautiful churches and basilicas, and we also took an obligatory Gondola ride! It was €80 for half an hour which is pretty damn pricey but definitely worth it I think!
The Gondola ride was probably one of my favourite things that we did in Venice, we saw the Rialto Bridge and cruised down charming canals, all the while taking in the breathtaking scenes of Venice.
We decided to have dinner on the seafront and we ate at a lovely restaurant called Ristorante Pizzeria da Alvise. Although my steak was yummy, and Matt thoroughly enjoyed his seafood platter, I have to say that the service wasn’t the best at this place. For a start, Matt’s mum’s dinner didn’t even turn up, and after we’d asked several different waiters numerous times where the meal was, we still didn’t receive it! Yep, Matt’s mum literally didn’t eat that night! Despite that, we did have a nice time sitting by the sea drinking prosecco and enjoying the view.
Venice has without a doubt captured my heart and it’s definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to! Thursday’s post will be all about our adventure in Rome, so make sure you’re around to read that!
Have you ever been to Venice? Would you like to go? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.