The last city in the honeymoon recap series, Venice, completely lived up to its reputation as one of the most romantic cities in the world. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, but there’s not a car in sight. Quite the change after Rome and Florence!
In Venice, we became regulars at a neighborhood wine bar, ate everything from grilled octopus to zucchini lasagna, and stopped at all the necessary tourist destinations. Of course, on our last night in Venice, we had to take the quintessential gondola ride! So fun.
Day one: We traveled by high speed train (still my favorite) to Venice, and stayed on the Grand Canal. After unpacking and settling in, we were dying to try some fresh seafood, so we got adventurous with it at Osteria Al Ponte La Patatina. We walked and explored all afternoon, and ended our day with dinner on the ultra romantic back patio of Trattoria Alla Ferrata. Highly recommend! The garden is so cute. This is where I tried my first spritz, per Silvio’s recommendation. We also discovered our favorite wine bar of the trip, Ai Garzoti, on our first night in Venice. We passed it on our way to pretty much everything, and always had to make a quick stop for some wine and cheese!
Day two: Tour day! We visited the incredible Piazza San Marco, followed by a tour of Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Afterwards, we walked along the lagoon and had lunch at Ristorante Terrazza Del Casin Dei Nobili (quite a mouthful), where we went total American and got pizza and fried calamari. Hey, sometimes you just need a taste of home, right? The restaurant was on the water and had a gorgeous view, which didn’t hurt. Additional spritzes were purchased. Later in the afternoon, we visited the Peggy Guggenheim Collection – such a good choice! Gorgeous art and gardens. For dinner, we went to Trattoria Al Ponte del Megio. It was here that we had one of the best crab pasta dishes of our lives (not pictured, apologies). Spontaneous and successful.
Day three: Day three in Venice was our last full day in Italy – so bittersweet! We filled it, though. After breakfast, we headed to Ponte di Rialto, where we perused the market. SO many fresh veggies, flowers, fish…you name it. I was in paradise. If only we had one more day so I could have made some purchases! We shopped around at Fondaco dei Tedeschi, a super cool palace-turned-mall with a rooftop view that is major. Don’t forget to buy your ticket, though. There’s plenty of shopping to be done while you wait! Afterwards, we popped into the famous Harry’s Bar, where we enjoyed olives and bellinis (overpriced, but delicious). After taking in the city for one last day, we wrapped up our trip with a gondola ride followed by one of our very favorite meals at La Zucca. This place is totally vegetarian friendly, you guys. And they are so creative with the dishes! The zucchini lasagna is not to be missed.