After two flights and more than seven hours on planes from Boston, we arrived by water taxi in Venice. Arriving into the city was such a breathtaking view, and the buildings rose out of the water only to give way for the narrow walkways that allowed you to zig-zag your way around this magnificent city.
For our first night in the city, we of course went a little backwards and got our gelato first as we walked along the grand canal on the way to dinner. We ate seafood directly on the steps leading into the water, with waves coming right up to the end of the table with the passing of the water taxis, and with a perfect view of the gondolas slowly making their way down the canals.
As we walked around the city, we decided to visit Saint Mark's Square and to take the gondola ride since the weather was perfect. We arrived into the square after our gondola ride right as all the lights turned on to begin lighting the area with pigeons everywhere.
On our second day in Venice, we took a walking tour that brought us around the city and the guide spoke a lot about the history of the city. The tour visited a lot of the areas that we had visited on the day before, but filled in some of the history behind the places we went.
After the tour finalized back in Saint Mark's, we headed off for a walk down the canal, and away from some of the more touristy areas until we went as far as we could go. Then we began our winding journey back to the hotel and in search of a place to eat our lunch for the day, finally stumbling upon a small pizzeria.
During the afternoon we decided to explore more of Venice on our own. We crossed the Grand Canal on the Rialto Bridge and explored the many shops that dotted the sides of the streets. We tried some awesome, fresh juices and fruit that was sold in a little square and had some more gelato. As someone who loves food, Italy is quickly becoming one of the better places I have traveled in terms of the food that I have had, only topped by Paris. The fresh pasta and seafood in Venice are amazing and my poor grandmother won't be able to compete once we return home.
To finish off our stay in Venice, we walked around Venice and over the Rialto Bridge to find a place for dinner. We settled upon a restaurant at the foot of the bridge, and ordered our pastas. For dinner I had the best pasta I have ever had (so far). To top off the evening we finished the meal with dessert and limoncello. The perfect ending to a great two days in Venice.
For anyone looking to travel in Italy, Venice is a must see location. Although after seeing people having to carry their young kids strollers up and down the stairs at each bridge, I would say it is better to leave the young kids behind.