We arrived by train and literally stepped directly into the heart of Venice from the train station. We were immediately taken in by this stunning city, as if we had traveled back in time or stepped out of a page in a history book. We gathered our bags and walked to our hotel a fair distance away, unnoticed as we were all swept up in taking in the sights and sounds of this ancient and magical Italian city.
We stayed at The Boscolo Venezia which had a surprisingly large, beautiful and mysterious garden in the back. We spent our time in Venice walking the streets and getting lost in the alleyways (you have to prepare yourself that you WILL get lost and its okay!), peering into shops, touring churches, sipping coffee and doing the usual touristy things. We did not ride a gondola which is quite pricey but we enjoyed seeing them everywhere and taking plenty of pictures. We walked a lot!
We had some fantastic meals off the beaten path. We loved strolling the city at dusk. We took the tour of the Grand Canal which is worth doing to get a real sense of the city's famous waterways (there are NO CARS!). Piazza San Marco
was packed with summer tourists and pigeons, but we soaked it all in and enjoyed every minute of it. We had a fantastic dinner and bottle of wine at a quiet little restaurant with the friendliest host. We watched the World Cup finals with the Italians at a local bar and even found some of the best craft beer in Europe!
I'm so glad we spent time in Venice. I will enjoy the memories we made of our Summer days and nights spent in Venice and how magical and beautiful it was to me.