There were 2 cities in Italy that my husband had always wanted to take me to – Florence and Venice. We had already visited Florence in the middle of our Italian honeymoon, so now it was time to visit the city on the water.
We had saved Venice for last, but now I kind of wished we started with Venice. It’s certainly one of the most remarkable cities I have ever visited. I have never seen anything like it. What’s sad was it wasn’t at the top of my bucket list, and I have no idea why!
From Chianti, we drove back to Florence to drop off our rental car. We then hopped aboard a 2-hour bullet train to Venice, specifically the Italo train. We had reserved a private cabin for ourselves where we edited photos and had some quiet. Our train pulled into Venezia Santa Lucia station (Venezia Santa Lucia and Venezia Maestre are two different train stations – Maestre is on the mainland), and we took a vaporetto (a water bus) down the Grand Canal to our hotel in San Marco.
We stayed at the Corte di Gabriela hotel. We couldn’t have chosen a better hotel. Not only were the rooms luxurious and the staff exceptionally courteous, but their breakfast was the best hotel breakfast we had had on the entire trip (Madrid is a close second). While Corte di Gabriela is located in San Marco near all the top Venice attractions, it is also located on a quiet street with a quiet residential canal behind it. Our bedroom also had big windows that opened to a canal view.
Although I was beginning to feel tired from our long trip at this point, I was still anxious to explore Venice. It really is unlike any other city I have ever visited. Tor and I enjoyed getting lost amongst all the secret, hidden alleyways as well as stopping for a delicious gelato (that’s a scoop of Kit Kat flavored gelato on my cone!).
The breezes through the canals and alleys of Venice can make it a bit chilly in the shade, so I wore an old Zara sweater under my RED Valentino dress. I’m obsessed with RED Valentino dresses, especially their patterns, and I fell in love with this one at first sight.
We ended the night at a restaurant our hotel highly recommended – A Beccafico. We dined on tomato pasta with fresh lobster and shrimp, and we ended our meal with fresh lemon and orange sorbet.
Our first day in Venice was a success. Just one day left in Italy….
Red Valentino sleeveless floral print dress // Essie Nail Polish in “Peak Show” // Chloé ‘Drew’ Leather Crossbody Bag // Banana Republic White Sweater (similar here and here) // Illesteva Palm Beach Sunglasses // Aquazzura Christy Flats
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