I traveled all throughout northern Italy and will be sharing all the details below! If you're going to Italy soon which I know many of you are, keep reading!
My family and I went first to Venice (visited 4 islands of Venice), then to Verona, Sirmione, Siena, Assisi, Florence, then back to Venice! We covered a lot of ground in Italy and I can't wait to share it all with you. First, I'll start with our three full days in Venice. Though I initially went to Italy for work with this awesome organization, my family and I made a vacation out of it. We are explorers, ya know?
In Venice, we arrived at Hotel Fontana, a highly recommended hotel by this author. Anywhere you go to in Europe, make sure you are following the recommendations of an expert, someone that's been all around where you're specifically going.
Hotel Fontana is a cute small hotel and what I liked about it, you could leave your key hanging up in the lobby. Definitely a Europe thing. I can't tell you how many hotel keys and cards I've lost in my lifetime, gosh. Anyways, inside the hotel, there was a little cafe' and bar area, which then led into a small dining room where they served breakfast.
On our first full day, the places we were directed to were the islands of Venice. Our home base was in San Marco, where we explored around the Saint Mark's Cathedral Square or the Piazza San Marco (la piazza means "square"), the principal public square of Venice with a big stunning church and intricately produced sculptures along the church's upper parameters. The church itself was called the Basilica San Marco. It's considered one of the top tourist attractions in the entire world and the top to visit in Venice!
For an early dinner or late lunch, we ate at the wonderful al canton restaurant, where I polished off the most scrumptious, almost mesmerizing pasta/tortellini dish. My family and I find the best restaurants off the beaten path and that's one of them. The tomato sauce must have been organic tomatoes or a homemade sauce because man, too sweet and good! By the time we got to the restaurant and got our food, I was too hungry to take photos of it. Sorry, but I'm sure you know what tortellini looks like. Afterword, we walked around Murano for a while and enjoyed pretty views.
|PHOTO OF RIALTO BRIDGE|
Leaving Venice, I was inspired! If you are going to Italy, Venice is a must visit place. Even in three days, we really saw a good amount of attractions. We must have walked seven to ten miles each day, non stop from sunrise pretty much to sunset. So, I'll leave you with stunning photos I captured of Venice that you won't see anywhere else.
Have you been to Venice? If so, what did you love about it? If you are going, did you find this post helpful? Feel free to comment and let me know. Make sure to subscribe to this blog because a lot more is coming! Up next will be Sirmione, Siena, Assisi, and Florence! Keep checking back for more!