The (Prosecco) merchant(s) of Venice

Venice was stunning, I hadn’t expected to enjoy our trip there quite so much, but wow!  My favourite discovery has to be that it is in the Prosecco region of Italy – something I didn’t know before, but something that we grasped with both hands during the visit (hence the name of this blog!).

View to San Giorgio Maggiore

View to San Giorgio Maggiore

This trip was 4 days, at the beginning of April and was my husband’s birthday present!  Definitely a good way to celebrate a birthday in a city where Prosecco is de rigeur!  From what I researched, there isn’t a bad time to visit Venice, but shoulder seasons are good – less people and not too hot (so it won’t be smelly).  We were lucky with the weather – we had a little bit of rain on one day, but the rest of the trip being warm enough to just have a light weight jacket on to keep cosy.  On our final day it was scorchi (that’s an Italian word I hope) and so we crammed in all the water-based bits in the sunshine and warmth!

We flew with BA, don’t we always, but this time from Gatwick as the difference in prices between here and Heathrow was staggering.  We fancied a proper breakfast this time and so ate at Jamie’s – great service and great food – somewhat surprising for an airport!!  The flight is just over 2 hours and I’m glad I got a window seat – great views of the mountains and the flight into Venice is lovely (F seats) across the low-lying bay.

Airport taxis - with a watery difference!

Airport taxis – with a watery difference!

On arrival this is where it gets fun!  Don’t get a taxi, or a hire car, or even a train!  Venice is happily a city with no cars or bikes.  Look around you – there is a lot of water!  So the best way to travel is on the water!  10mins walk from the airport is the boat station!  You have a choice here – either a private water taxi (€110) or the Vaporetto ferry which is maybe €15pp.  We chose the latter on the way into Venice as the weather wasn’t sunny and balmy and so we didn’t really want to either sit inside a posh boat, or stand outside in the cold.  The Vaporetto takes a while but our boats route was down the grand canal so it was a great introduction to the city.

Our hotel was the Novecento Boutique Hotel – it was a real gem and I am glad I took the time to research and find somewhere so idyllic and unique.  The hosts were charming, the location was peaceful yet well-placed and all in all it was very comfortable and gave us a relaxing Venetian experience.  There is always tea and coffee available and a sweet little honesty bar in the dining area that will keep you watered nicely throughout your stay! More about it here.

The most charming hotel

The most charming hotel

We arrived mid-morning and so our room wasn’t ready, but this didn’t deter us – trainers on (you must take comfortable shoes) and off we went for a first scout of the city!  We immediately headed for St Mark’s square and along to the Bridge of Sighs.  Amusingly while we were there an american tourist was loudly asking his pals ‘is it real’!!  These are probably some of the best known spots in Venice and the obligatory photo was of course required!  Very quickly we realised that this is a place to mooch in – we are notoriously quick walkers, always in a rush to get somewhere, but it didn’t take us long to slow the pace and start taking in the surroundings.  Venice is quirky – it isn’t pretty in the classic kind of picture perfect way, but the architecture, and the oldness of it all really is stunning.  It is the sort of place where a visitor finds themself  wanting to take a picture of everything they see!  So many people walking around with iPads in front of their face not actually seeing anything themselves…..

A mooch near the hotel

A mooch near the hotel

Our first lunch was along the waterfront past the bridge of sighs, and away beyond the crowds.  We had a lovely view of San Giorgio Maggiore and enjoyed pasta and prosecco – that first meal on holiday is always the best and this did not disappoint, such tasty bolognese and a very reasonable and gluggable bottle of fizz to toast our 4th wedding anniversary and watch the comings and goings!

Lunch with a view

Lunch with a view

Do pop into St Marks Basillica – the roof is stunning and the view onto the square from the terrace is very lovely – a good vantage point:

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One of the places I had seen on pinterest was a quirky little bookshop called Libreria Acqua Alta.  I’m a big reader and normally visit to buy, but since most books were going to be in Italian, that wasn’t our reason to visit!  I thought it would be hard to find, having looked at the map before we travelled to Venice, but thankfully it was easy!

Find the book steps

Find the book steps

The books that are for sale are stored in boats to protect them from the high tides and in the outside areas books are used as ‘book steps’ so that you can get high enough in the garden area to look out over the canal!  Really quirky but an attraction it its own right!  This was what I was most excited about seeing, so I was glad we had it ticked off the list on day 1!

Many of the bridges in Venice have love-locks on them.  They all looked new, so I wonder where the old ones go?  We liked the view from the Academia bridge near to the Guggenheim collection and the locks made it ever more quirky:

Look through the locks

Look through the locks

Normally on a holiday I avoid hotels like the Hilton like the plague, despite massive accrued miles and tierage.  However in Venice, whilst I wouldn’t dream of staying in the hotel (although the miles exchange looked great) it is feted as having one of the best views from its rooftop bar – and where better to enjoy and evening Bellini with a view…  It is quite a schlep over to the Molino Stucky hotel (and we had a stressful time trying to work out the ferries) but well worth it to enjoy the vista:

Venice from the Molino Stucky

Venice from the Molino Stucky

And a good introduction to Bellini drinking – although more of that later!!

Happy anniversary!

Happy anniversary!

We were particularly pleased that the ferry ride back cost nothing – Hilton run a shuttle boat for guests, but since we were dressed in smart clothes and followed a group of hotel guests onboard, no questions were asked!!  On the way back to our hotel we stopped by Basillica di Santa Maria della Salute and Punta Della Dogana to take in the architecture.  The Basillica looks particularly lovely in the early evening light, the 2nd photo below was taken from the end of the road the hotel was on:

Stunning architecture

Stunning architecture

What we liked about dining in Venice is that there is no real need to plan meals – perhaps that is different at peak tourist times, but not during our visit – there was so much choice, especially if arriving relatively early for a few drinks first.  Near the hotel there are a number of lovely trattorias. All serve similar food and are reasonable enough given their distance from the main high-charges in St Marks square!  We noticed a few times that the waiters need a little warming up – invest the time in being friendly and they will look after you, but they must have a tiring time with tourists refusing to try and speak Italian, so a little playful banter and charm definitely pays off!!  We found that (when we weren’t drinking prosecco) the carafe’s of house wine are perfectly adequate to enjoy with a meal!

Another great spot to spend some time is in and around Rialto!  I didn’t expect to like it here, as the bridge area is swarming with tourists, but stray a little way off the bridge and it is a lovely area!  It is also a lovely spot to stop for a waterside drink or lunch – the road is ‘riva del vin’ so the clue is in the name!!  The name arose because this is where the wine used to be delivered to.  We’d noticed lots of people drinking an orange drink in wine glasses – the spritz!  It appeared to be the done thing to drinks these from mid-morning! Quite surprising given they are prosecco mixed with campari with an olive and a slice of orange!  We waited until around about midday to try one – very enjoyable and refreshing, can certainly see the attraction – but maybe not a breakfast!

In and around Rialto

In and around Rialto

Plenty to see – a vibrant fruit, vegetable and fish market as well as a plethora of ‘proper’ mask shops that are certainly an acquired taste, but definitely something to visit!

Come evening there is of course one bar that has to be visited – Harry’s – for the obligatory bellini!  This really is an experience – it is like going to Raffles in Singapore, it has to be done but is a  bit $$$.  We also visited Hotel Danieli for a quiet drink, but unsurprisingly it was lacklustre when it comes to service and full of people ticking the Venice box rather than trying to stay somewhere that gives them a unique Venetian experience…

Bellini's with Harry

Bellini’s with Harry

A day trip that I can’t recommend enough is visiting the islands of the northern lagoon – this can be done using a day ticket with the ACTV boats, although we actually to a water taxi that was laid on through our hotel and a glass company on Murano.  Murano is famous for glass-making and Burano for lace.  There is a third island called Torcello with a stunning bell tower that can be climbed – however we didn’t stop there as it was shrouded in scaffolding during our visit!

Murano and Burano

Murano and Burano

We took in some glass making demonstrations in Murano (it was raining) and then headed on to Burano which is famous for its pretty coloured houses.  This was a good island to eat on – there is so much choice and reputedly the island gets the freshest fish!  The pace is slower over on these islands, and whilst they are still busy clearly the apparent hassle of leaving the main town of Venice deters many tourists!!  There is a small hotel on Burano called Venissa that we almost stayed at, we did pass by and it looked like a lovely spot on a return visit (when there is less need to be in the city centre) – what disappointed me though was that it was not possible to enjoy a glass of wine at their restaurant overlooking the vineyard and belltower.  The owner was very apologetic and explained he was in the process of opening a bar, but in the time he took to explain this he could have served us a drink with no issue!

Our final day and summer surprisingly arrived – hot and beautiful.  With all the walking (the bridges are tiring even if you are fit) I am very glad we had only mild weather for the main-part of our visit, but for the final day it was lovely to be out in the sun and re-visiting and relaxing at some of our favoured spots!  Take a trip across to San Giorgio Maggiore – the view from the top of the bell-tower beats the one from the Hilton!

Venice in the sunshine

Venice in the sunshine

As can be seen from the pictures above when the sun came out we went about spending as much money as we could in a short space of time!  A leisurely lunch on Riva del Vin (we liked it that much) with a fancy bottle of prosecco kicked this off  nicely!  After lunch we strolled back to the hotel and took a gondola ride from a quite inlet near the hotel.  The sunday we were there was eco-day on the grand canal.  This only happens twice a year we are told – the ferry’s have speed restrictions and water taxi’s can’t use the canal’s.  As a result it was so peaceful and our gondola just swept silently through.  We saw many people taking gondola rides near Rialto or St Marks, but I’m glad we chose to go off the beaten track/water.  It was peaceful and unspoilt.  The gondoliers are very informative at what you go past and whilst the $$$ is expensive it is worth the experience – a kind of ‘when in Rome’ pastime for Venice!

Our final treat was the ride back to the airport.  The hotel arranged a water taxi to collect us from just near the hotel and we were chauffeured in style back to get our plane.  The boat was beautiful and the wood was immauclately varnished.  We felt like film stars as our driver took us past the key sites and through corners of the city we hadn’t already seen.  Once out of the canal limits the driver goes full throttle to the airport and it is great fun – there are so many of these water taxis that there is a lot of wash, it was a bouncy ride but definitely better than any alternatives – even if I did end up with salt water in my hair from the spray!

This trip absolutely reminded us why a 4 day break is so worthwhile – we had plenty of time to relax, to sightsee and to catch up with each other.  But we were also away for long enough to relax and come back feeling refreshed!  Venice absolutely delivered – fantastico!

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  1. jempitravelboulevard
    April 11, 2014 / 10:26 am

    Hi Anna, first I want to wish you a (belated) happy b-day! Venice is one of those cities I want to visit since a long time. Is it not a very expensive and mass tourist place? Anyway, reading your article gives me that “I want to go!” feeling. Thx! 🙂

    • April 11, 2014 / 10:30 am

      Thank you!!! Visit out of season and spend time wandering the alley ways or getting up early – that way you can avoid the crowds! We didn’t stay cheaply, but there is tonnes of guest house accommodation so I think it is possible! Food wise – leave the main areas and the price goes down!! Prosecco is cheap and there are loads of take away pizza places for lunch too!! Enjoy it!!

  2. April 11, 2014 / 11:46 am

    We’ve been to Venice with a tour group and only had a couple of hours of free time to explore on our own. Definitely not enough. You have given me some ideas of things to see and do when we get the chance to go back. Beautiful photos and a great description of your trip.

    • April 11, 2014 / 11:55 am

      Definitely give yourself a day extra as it is nice to just sit and watch time and people go by!!

  3. April 11, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    I love the title of this article, made me smile straight away. You have totally confirmed my suspicions about Venice and I really feel like I have had a bit of a Venetian experience through your eyes, words and lots of great photos.

    • April 11, 2014 / 12:52 pm

      Hope you can pop up there soon! If you like fizz it’s a winner!!

    • April 13, 2014 / 10:39 am

      Thanks Jackie – photos are so important, love being able to look at them on a blue day at home!!

  4. April 11, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    I love the title of this article, made me smile straight away. You have totally confirmed my suspicions about Venice and I really feel like I have had a bit of a Venetian experience through your eyes, words and lots of great photos.

    • April 11, 2014 / 12:52 pm

      Hope you can pop up there soon! If you like fizz it’s a winner!!

    • April 13, 2014 / 10:39 am

      Thanks Jackie – photos are so important, love being able to look at them on a blue day at home!!

  5. April 13, 2014 / 1:23 am

    Although we have never visited Venice, I can certainly see after reading this great article why we need to venture over there as soon as possible. Congratulations on your 4th wedding anniversary by the way.

    I love how the best way to get around Venice is on the water. Public transportation is the way we should be heading in all cities around the world and some of them are just more advanced that others. But then you have Venice which takes public transportation the traditional route with ferries and of course the stereotypical gondolas which is a must for anyone visiting there.

    Hope you enjoyed the bottle of Prosecco, looks like it would go down very well after such amazing explorations around the city.

    • April 13, 2014 / 10:38 am

      Italy has so much more to show, all over! You could have a fortnight visiting different places!! Love the lakes too – Riva del Garda is a fave

  6. April 13, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Thanks for these great tips. I’ve not made it to Venice yet but will refer back here when I do! April sounds like the perfect time to go. I’m in Tuscany at the moment and the weather is just right for exploring cities or walks in the coiuntryside.

    • April 13, 2014 / 10:37 am

      Unless the purpose of a trip is just to sunbathe, then spring/autumn is always a good travel time!!

    • April 13, 2014 / 11:50 am

      Fingers crossed! Just keep away from the obvious places after about 10am!!

  7. April 13, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    I am always glad to hear people love Venice… It’s only 3 hours away from where I live and I love visiting as often as I can. My top saving tip in Venice is eating at bacari, traditional Venetian bars offeringa selecion of small eats. Lots of them around Rialto and Dorsoduro (my favourite part of Venice). Thanks!

  8. April 13, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    I am always glad to hear people love Venice… It’s only 3 hours away from where I live and I love visiting as often as I can. My top saving tip in Venice is eating at bacari, traditional Venetian bars offeringa selecion of small eats. Lots of them around Rialto and Dorsoduro (my favourite part of Venice). Thanks!

    • April 19, 2014 / 4:37 pm

      definitely – I hope you get the change to enjoy it soon!

    • April 19, 2014 / 4:37 pm

      definitely – I hope you get the change to enjoy it soon!

  9. April 13, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    Looks like you guys had a lovely time in Venice. I mean with all that prosecco, it was hard not to enjoy. Just kidding. We live only 2 hrs drive from Venice, but no matter how often you visit it, there are always new things to discover. Haven’t heard about this cute library before, or about the views from Hilton. Thanks for the tips. Will check that out the next time we visit Venice.

    • April 14, 2014 / 6:03 am

      I didn’t realise it was so close – there are ferries too I think. The bookshop is great, and it’s fun to find in alleyways too!!

  10. April 13, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    I didn’t expect to like Venice much, either, but like Hoi An (another super touristy destination) I ended up loving it. Surprisingly charming and great food! And this was in the heat of August and the crowds, no less.

    • April 14, 2014 / 6:03 am

      That’s great that you loved it in the summer too – I guess so many places to hide from the masses!!

  11. April 13, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    I didn’t expect to like Venice much, either, but like Hoi An (another super touristy destination) I ended up loving it. Surprisingly charming and great food! And this was in the heat of August and the crowds, no less.

    • April 14, 2014 / 6:03 am

      That’s great that you loved it in the summer too – I guess so many places to hide from the masses!!

  12. April 13, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    I’m expecting to be in Venice later this year, probably around October time. It’s over 20 years since I was last there but little seems to have changed in many respects. Thanks for whetting my appetite!

    • April 14, 2014 / 6:02 am

      I hope you get to see the off the beaten track places too!!

  13. April 13, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    I’m expecting to be in Venice later this year, probably around October time. It’s over 20 years since I was last there but little seems to have changed in many respects. Thanks for whetting my appetite!

    • April 14, 2014 / 6:02 am

      I hope you get to see the off the beaten track places too!!

  14. April 15, 2014 / 12:43 am

    It looks like you had a good amount of time to explore, relax, and take in all of the sights there! Venice (and Italy) is on my list of places to visit next, so it was great seeing everything that you did! Great photos!

    • April 16, 2014 / 5:23 pm

      plenty of time in 4 days to relax too, wouldn’t want to do it quicker as they you wouldn’t be able to avoid the busyness quite so well (or drink as much proescco!) hope you get there soon!

  15. April 15, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    Mmm who wouldn’t enjoy all that prosecco? And in such a beautiful setting. It really seems like a lot of people have had great success going to Venice in the off season. Thanks for linking up of the #SundayTraveler.

    • April 16, 2014 / 5:22 pm

      apart from a holiday when you just want to lie on the beach in the sun, shoulder season is great – cheaper, quieter, and the weather always seems to be good enough – we’ve done it here, in Jamaica, in New York area and in UAE – loved it all!

  16. April 15, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    Mmm who wouldn’t enjoy all that prosecco? And in such a beautiful setting. It really seems like a lot of people have had great success going to Venice in the off season. Thanks for linking up of the #SundayTraveler.

    • April 16, 2014 / 5:22 pm

      apart from a holiday when you just want to lie on the beach in the sun, shoulder season is great – cheaper, quieter, and the weather always seems to be good enough – we’ve done it here, in Jamaica, in New York area and in UAE – loved it all!

  17. Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy
    April 15, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    I loved Venice so much and can’t wait to go back! I went in the middle of summer which sucked a bit but I still loved it 🙂 Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler! 🙂

    • April 16, 2014 / 5:21 pm

      looking forward to reading about it when you do – is that part of the BIG trip?

  18. Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy
    April 15, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    I loved Venice so much and can’t wait to go back! I went in the middle of summer which sucked a bit but I still loved it 🙂 Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler! 🙂

    • April 16, 2014 / 5:21 pm

      looking forward to reading about it when you do – is that part of the BIG trip?

  19. April 20, 2014 / 10:59 am

    Glad to see you enjoyed. I too live just a few hours drive away, and pass through several times a year. The crowds can be unsettling, but expected. I mainly duck into museums. One of my favorites is the Peggy Guggenheim on the Grand Canal. Fascinating woman with a fascinating story and one hell of an art collection. 🙂

    • April 20, 2014 / 7:53 pm

      i think we will need to revisit to see into the museums, we couldn’t get enough of being outside as it was such nice weather compared to home!!

  20. April 20, 2014 / 10:59 am

    Glad to see you enjoyed. I too live just a few hours drive away, and pass through several times a year. The crowds can be unsettling, but expected. I mainly duck into museums. One of my favorites is the Peggy Guggenheim on the Grand Canal. Fascinating woman with a fascinating story and one hell of an art collection. 🙂

    • April 20, 2014 / 7:53 pm

      i think we will need to revisit to see into the museums, we couldn’t get enough of being outside as it was such nice weather compared to home!!

  21. April 21, 2014 / 9:14 am

    We were in Venice just over a week ago!! We only had one day to visit this time but really loved it. Last time we visited was in January and it was absolutely freezing and hard to do much as part of the charm of Venice is wandering the little streets beside the canals. It looks like you really got under the skin of the city though…I must do bellinis in Harry’s Bar one of these days 😉

    • April 21, 2014 / 2:59 pm

      I saw your photos on instragram, you did a lot in a day!! But did you really come so close into the city on a cruise-liner, I think we were lucky not to see one while we were there, I can’t imagine one in amongst the gondolas!!

  22. April 21, 2014 / 9:14 am

    We were in Venice just over a week ago!! We only had one day to visit this time but really loved it. Last time we visited was in January and it was absolutely freezing and hard to do much as part of the charm of Venice is wandering the little streets beside the canals. It looks like you really got under the skin of the city though…I must do bellinis in Harry’s Bar one of these days 😉

    • April 21, 2014 / 2:59 pm

      I saw your photos on instragram, you did a lot in a day!! But did you really come so close into the city on a cruise-liner, I think we were lucky not to see one while we were there, I can’t imagine one in amongst the gondolas!!

  23. April 21, 2014 / 10:43 am

    I always love reading posts about Venice! My fiancée is from a small town close-by (called Piove di Sacco), and we always go for at least a stroll to this beautiful city, when we visit her family. I am especially fond of the atmoshere by night when there’s much more tranquility. Thanks for sharing your experience, and I was happy to read that you had a great time in the city that means so much to us!

    • April 21, 2014 / 2:58 pm

      Do you have any prosecco vineyard recommendations for me… i’m thinking the area is somewhere I need to see moreof…

  24. April 21, 2014 / 10:43 am

    I always love reading posts about Venice! My fiancée is from a small town close-by (called Piove di Sacco), and we always go for at least a stroll to this beautiful city, when we visit her family. I am especially fond of the atmoshere by night when there’s much more tranquility. Thanks for sharing your experience, and I was happy to read that you had a great time in the city that means so much to us!

  25. April 23, 2014 / 9:33 am

    I’d love to go to Venice, and even more so after reading your post! I’m especially enamored with the book shop–that looks like utter heaven for a book nerd like me 🙂 I think it’s always fun to discover quirky places that are slightly off the radar for a more unique experience. Congrats on the 4th Anniversary, as well… looks like you did it up right!

  26. April 23, 2014 / 9:33 am

    I’d love to go to Venice, and even more so after reading your post! I’m especially enamored with the book shop–that looks like utter heaven for a book nerd like me 🙂 I think it’s always fun to discover quirky places that are slightly off the radar for a more unique experience. Congrats on the 4th Anniversary, as well… looks like you did it up right!

    • April 26, 2014 / 12:31 pm

      Thank you!! The books were predominantly Italian which was a slights hitch, but great to visit even so!!

  27. April 23, 2014 / 5:28 pm

    Loved Venice. I went in the height of tourist season, but it did not seem to be a problem (or smelly). Amazing photos! I highly recommend taking the water taxis and then just walking around Venice and finding all the nooks and crannies!

    • April 26, 2014 / 12:30 pm

      Definitely a holiday for wearing trainers – worked on my quads nicely!!

  28. April 23, 2014 / 5:28 pm

    Loved Venice. I went in the height of tourist season, but it did not seem to be a problem (or smelly). Amazing photos! I highly recommend taking the water taxis and then just walking around Venice and finding all the nooks and crannies!

    • April 26, 2014 / 12:30 pm

      Definitely a holiday for wearing trainers – worked on my quads nicely!!

  29. April 26, 2014 / 8:18 am

    What a great summary of Venice. We love this city and have to say its one we return to time and time again – we have a habit of going to Italy almost yearly infact! Glad you tried a spirtz – the aperol spritz version is even more fruity in flavour than the Campari version so if you didn’t try it – next time have a go! Great post 🙂

    • April 26, 2014 / 12:28 pm

      Aha – I didn’t know the difference, but I will know for future!!

      • April 26, 2014 / 7:54 pm

        It took me years to figure out the difference between the two. There is also a low alcohol version of an aperol spritz which only locals seem to know about and may well be what you saw them drinking earlier in the day. 🙂

  30. April 26, 2014 / 8:18 am

    What a great summary of Venice. We love this city and have to say its one we return to time and time again – we have a habit of going to Italy almost yearly infact! Glad you tried a spirtz – the aperol spritz version is even more fruity in flavour than the Campari version so if you didn’t try it – next time have a go! Great post 🙂

    • April 26, 2014 / 12:28 pm

      Aha – I didn’t know the difference, but I will know for future!!

      • April 26, 2014 / 7:54 pm

        It took me years to figure out the difference between the two. There is also a low alcohol version of an aperol spritz which only locals seem to know about and may well be what you saw them drinking earlier in the day. 🙂

  31. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
    May 6, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    What a lovely way to spend your husband’s birthday! I’ve never been to Venice and just love the sound of it, also of the glass making in Burano 🙂

    • May 7, 2014 / 6:43 pm

      the holiday present is great as we both benefit! Burano is fascinating – great for a rainy morning! Incredible how many $$$ people spend on that stuff though!

  32. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
    May 6, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    What a lovely way to spend your husband’s birthday! I’ve never been to Venice and just love the sound of it, also of the glass making in Burano 🙂

    • May 7, 2014 / 6:43 pm

      the holiday present is great as we both benefit! Burano is fascinating – great for a rainy morning! Incredible how many $$$ people spend on that stuff though!

  33. January 25, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    I love Venice! I love finding those tiny little nooks and crannies to sip on some fizz!

    • January 25, 2015 / 8:56 pm

      I hadnt realised prosecco was the local tipple until we arrived… Had I known we’d have gone sooner!! Lovely to meet you today!

  34. January 25, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    I love Venice! I love finding those tiny little nooks and crannies to sip on some fizz!

  35. February 19, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    OH my gosh looks like you had the best time! Had no idea that prosecco is the local drink here! I won’t be complaining as we’re going for our anniversary/my birthday. I’ll definitely be borrowing some of your tips – thanks for this!

    http://www.thelifestylediaries.com

    Lauren xx

    • February 19, 2015 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks Lauren – have a fab time, the less planning you do the more you will see – just have an idea of the show stoppers and put your trainers on and mooch!!

  36. February 19, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    OH my gosh looks like you had the best time! Had no idea that prosecco is the local drink here! I won’t be complaining as we’re going for our anniversary/my birthday. I’ll definitely be borrowing some of your tips – thanks for this!

    http://www.thelifestylediaries.com

    Lauren xx

    • February 19, 2015 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks Lauren – have a fab time, the less planning you do the more you will see – just have an idea of the show stoppers and put your trainers on and mooch!!

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