Tschüss Germany and ciao Italy!
We flew from Berlin to Venice, to begin two weeks in Italy.
I’ll be boring you with a few posts about Italy, starting with my favourite bits of Venice.
Venice views – Venice is picture-postcard-perfect at every turn but we did particularly enjoy the views from the St. Mark’s Campanile and the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi rooftop terrace (visits to the terrace are free but best to book in advance).
Venice Food Tour with Walks of Italy – what’s the best way to see a city? Eat as you go. Our guide took us through various market squares (yes, including the fish market), made multiple cicchetti stops (the favourite was All’Arco), and we finished with squid-ink pasta for lunch.
Gondola ride – So touristy but it would be a crime to visit Venice and not ride in a gondola (it’s also fun, particularly when you spot things like canal traffic lights!). Our gondola ride was enhanced by learning about the history of the boats and the significance of the design from our food tour guide the day before.
Lasagna radicchio e gorgonzola – it might seem over-the-top to name a lasagne as a Venetian highlight but the dish I had at the tiny restaurant, Osteria Al Diavolo E L’acquasanta, was probably one of the best things I ate on the whole trip (we saw radicchio everywhere – must have been the season).
And other things that made me happy in Venice: Bellinis at Harry’s; seeing the boardwalks set up (but we left before high tide); Aperol Spritz with every meal; the view from my hotel room; and glamorous wooden speed boats.
Bookshop mention! The famous Libreria Acqua Alta, where all of the books are kept safe from floods by being housed in bathtubs, gondolas, and waterproof bins. Disorder is the order of the day – if ever a bookshop required hours of browsing, this is it.