Venice – Honest Travel

Venice, City of romance, Capital of love, who wouldn’t want to go for a weekend break? Except ours was partially for work and it was in dreary old November.

As it turns out November is an amazing month for a city break in Venice, it has far fewer crowds than the Summer months and so it’s easier to get around.  Also the Sun shone the whole time.  Result!

We were lucky enough to be shown around Venice by our friend Attilio, so much nicer when you have a guide.

Attilio navigated through the tiny streets and across bridges every corner was a photo opportunity, we hot footed it to our first stop.  The mighty Gran Teatro La Fenice, Attilio is an Orchestra Conductor and so we took a privileged look inside The Phoenix Theatre and even got to check out backstage.  This is one of the oldest theatres in the world, all of the great musicians conducted first night Opera’s from its stage.

Moving on to the well-known sites of Venice, St Marc’s Square, The Gondola’s, The Canals.  We didn’t go into The Basilica, the queues were fairly long, although if we had more time Attilio said to go back around 4-5pm when the crowds are far less.

Beware tourist tax is rife in Venice.  A Gondola trip is around Euro’s 80.00, however, you can take a short trip for only a couple of Euro’s from Pointe Sofia.  Stay clear of taking gondola’s or buying anything from St Marc’s Square or The Rialto Bridge.  Equally don’t eat anything in St Marc’s Square, even coffee will set you back a silly amount of Euro’s.

We walked away from the San Marco district to the Cannaregio district and found a perfect Osteria to eat.  Generally Osteria’s and Trattoria’s are cheaper to eat in than Ristorante’s.  This may mean ordering at the counter and no waiter service, but generally it’s more authentic and delicious cuisine.

I also loved the architecture in the less touristy quarters of the city.  The thing about Venice is that you can just keep wandering, every turning is another photo op, I’ve shared some of my favourites with you here.

I think right now, this has got to be my favourite city.  Mr B agreed!

Love DSB X

We stayed at The Hotel Venice Resort Which was a brilliant 4 Star Hotel close to all amenities and the airport.

 

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