Buongiorno! Grazie! Buona sera! Ciao! Yeah well, that’s about all the italian I know. Venice has been on my bucket list for so long and I’m so glad I can finally strike it off my list. Last month, my sister, my mom and I took a 4 day trip to Venice and I couldn't stop snapping pictures of every house, every ice cream and every bridge.
We stayed at Best Western Ala Hotel (Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 2494) which I highly recommend. It’s located near San Marco Place right in the center of Venice, the staff is very friendly, and if you’re lucky enough you might get a room with a view on the canal (we were quite lucky).
San Marco was quite crowded but absolutely beautiful. We had spritz at Caffè Florian, a coffee house in the middle of the San Marco Place near the Basilica San Marco with beautiful live music. It was frequented by many notable people such as Carlo Goldoni and Casanova, and was also the first coffee house that allowed woman. Rialto was a lot of fun until a horrible and very terrifying storm hit Venice which turned out to be the consequence of a tornado nearby. But thankfully, it only lasted 20 minutes and we got to see one side of the rialto bridge afterwards (it was unfortunately under renovation). Castello was probably my favorite neighborhood – it's less touristy then other neighborhoods and has a lot of bars and restaurants on the canal which was very pleasant.
We also visited Murano, one of the small islands near Venice. It was apparently a must when visiting Venice, but to be honest I didn’t get all the hype; there’s not much to see, other then expensive glass shops along the canals – nevertheless, I bought a little murano souvenir for my dad since he wasn't with us on this trip. So if you’re planning on spending 4 days in Venice like we did, I'd recommend skipping Murano.
On our last day, we took the gondola from San Moise. It was much less crowded than San Marco, and they take you around the little canals as well as the Grand Canal. I know a lot people think it's cliché and expensive, but it was definitely worth it. Also, just a tip; if you're thinking of going during summer, I'd recommend going on weekdays as it gets really crowded on weekends.