Sunday, 13 September 2015

Interrail adventure #4 | VENICE

ITALY!! Here we come. Pizza, Ice cream and Pasta = heaven on earth... I think the food was one of the main reasons we wanted to spend most of our time in Italian cities ;) Jokes aside, I really love Italy for many reasons and having been to Venice before, there was no doubt we had to go again. Venice is my all time favourite city with it's romantic canals and beautiful architecture. It is the easiest city to just walk around in and the little vintage/mask shops complete the experience. Oh also, Venice sells the best (expensive) clothes I have ever seen!

We stayed two nights in a super cute B&B in one of the side streets, a 15minutes walk away from the station. On the first day we focused on exploring the outer half of the island. The main aim was to get a feel for the city and to see the St.Marco square, the most famous (and busy) square in Venice. The architecture is stunning and there's more pigeons than people there (watch your food).

Ready to explore

The canals + gondolas

Marzipan fruit are THE thing to eat in Venice

Piazza San Marco

The companile

After we headed towards the Canal Grande and tried to find the Rialto bridge which sadly is under construction and looks less than impressive. We did find tons of cute little streets tho.

When a water blob on the camera blurs your face...

Canal Grande

Dream houses right there!

For dinner we had a massive piece of takeaway pizza that was only 4Euro. Restaurants in Venice are incredibly expensive, especially the ones near the attractions. I'd recommend getting something takeaway or looking in small side streets for restaurants. Always ask for cover charge so you don't have any bad surprises! We went to bed quite early as we were super tired from all the travelling.

The next day started off with a session of exploring the less touristic parts of Venice. We discovered some tiny alley ways and the most beautiful architecture. Surprisingly we landed at the military base of Venice, where you have one of the best views of Venice's 'skyline'.

What we believe is the military base..

"Garden goals"

Trying and failing to look good

We also tried to (unsuccessfully) get a look into some of the beautiful churches, as you have to cover up your shoulders and legs to get in.
Anyway, we went on to explore the inner part of the island, walking over the (more or less functioning) Rialto bridge. I had set into my mind to see the famous Santa Maria della Salute, which took way longer than expected as we walked right past it :D In case I haven't mentioned it yet, Venice is a massive maze. Don't think you'll find the thing you're looking for. Well, instead we found delicious ice cream for 1.50 Euro and an almost 360 degree view of the sea at the furthest east point of the inner island.

Fave mask I've seen

This view tho!!

Oh and we also found the Santa Maria della Salute just around the corner there 😂

For dinner we had seafood risotto which was perfect! When it got dark we walked towards the Canal Grande again to get some nice shots of Venice in the dark. It was a great end to our visit there.

When you can't hold the camera still...

Goodbye Venice

Venice was by far one of my favourite cities, the accommodation was nice and the city is stunning. We had planned to take a gondola but 80 pounds for one hour is way too expensive.
Anyways we had an amazing time and I'd recommend everyone of you to go there sometime. Stay tuned for the next part of my interrail adventures - we're staying in Italy.
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