Travel

Italy, Here We Come!

One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to journal and blog more about my travels.  My husband and I have been lucky enough over the past few years to travel to some pretty cool places, and I want to make sure I don’t forget our trips!

Since we’ve been married, Italy has always been a dream destination.  It wasn’t a feasible option for our honeymoon because of cost, but last summer, we had the opportunity to spend three weeks in this beautiful country.  We coordinated our trip with a travel agent, but many hours went into planning every minute detail.

Our initial flight to Venice was delayed because of weather at JFK, so we ended up having to rebook a flight the next day, cutting into our first day in Venice.  It was a bit depressing because we missed our scheduled tour of St. Mark’s Basilica, but that sometimes happens with traveling and there wasn’t anything we could do.

Upon landing at the Venice airport, we walked to the ferry docks to catch our boat into Venice (!!). Arranged by our travel agent, I highly recommend this as the best way to approach the city.  It was absolutely amazing and so cool to see the sights from the water.

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After checking into our hotel, Hotel Ca D’Oro, we wandered around the city, taking in all the sights.  Thankfully it wasn’t as crowded yet, so lines for things such as the Campanile Bell Tower weren’t that long.  This is a great option to view the square and surrounding area.

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Two of our favorite dessert places were in Venice, i Tre Mercanti and SuSo Gelateria. Desserts are of course one of the main culinary draws of Italy, and these two spots in Venice did not disappoint.  My husband declared i Tre Mercanti’s tiramisu, “the best of his life,” and he’s quite the connoisseur!

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My best tip for navigating Venice was simply Google Maps.  As hard as I try, I’m not the person who can roam through a city without having some idea of where I’m going.  Even with cellular data off, Google Maps will still track your location via satellite. It is also helpful when navigating the small bridges and pathways that wind through the city. Here is a link to the Venice Google map of our trip.

Things we didn’t get to, but would plan to do on a return trip:

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On to our next city… Trento!
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