Everything they say about Venice is true. It’s a magical place. I as of this day still haven’t seen anything quite like it, and it’s completely overrun by tourists.
I’ve been to Venice when I was a kid and I absolutely loved it. However, as a kid, I was impressed by many things that don’t seem as amazing now. Venice was different. Ever since we thought about going to Venice over Easter and meeting my family there, I was really excited to go back to the city that stole my heart 20 or so (I’d rather not count) years ago.
We flew from Brussels to Marco Polo Airport (check out our itinerary here) and took the bus directly into Venice. With hotels in Venice being so expensive, we booked a place off the island but decided to go to Venice first to enjoy the afternoon and evening there before heading to the hotel later that night. (In case you were wondering, we didn’t walk around Venice with our suitcases but were able to store them at the train station.)
As we started wandering around the city, crossing canals, and admiring the architecture, I noticed that Kyle was very impressed with what he saw. He doesn’t usually believe in travel destination hypes but had to give in to this one.
We usually try to blend in with the locals but something about the Italian cuisine made us fail miserably. No sooner than 30 minutes after touching ground, we already polished off a slice of pizza and two scoops (each!) of gelato.
Consistent with our days in Belgium, it was raining on and off. We decided to cure our weather blues with wine and cured meats before at Muro Frari before heading to our hotel.
We stayed at the most beautiful Hotel Villa Barbarich where we met my family. A few minutes outside of Venice, the hotel is beautifully secluded, surrounded by trees, and as relaxing as can be. I would have loved to stay there a few days longer to enjoy the hotel grounds and the spa.
The inside of the hotel was just as stunning. It is a combination of historical Italian architecture with modern elements. We were particularly taken aback by the art on the walls and ceiling.
We planned to head back into Venice early the next morning. However, these plans were thoroughly ruined by the amazing breakfast spread at the Hotel Villa Barbarich. We ate our body weights in eggs, bacon, pastries, and more, and were ready to explore.
The city was even more impressive in the sun and we walked through the narrow alleys soaking it all in.
The architecture in Venice is truly amazing. I'm in awe every time I walk through the narrow streets.
Ready for a coffee break (which is basically always), we followed the promise of some proper coffee time at the oldest café in the world – Café Florian. It is located right on St. Marcus Square, you can't miss it!
If you ever visit Venice, I can highly recommend this place. Their hot chocolate (I know, not really a coffee) is out of this world – chocolaty, thick, creamy, and not too sweet.
(Note that Café Florian is extremely popular amongst tourists given its location and history so you would want to come here in the morning.)
We wandered around for another couple of hours and had a blast spending time together.
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It was so precious to be reunited with my family in such a magical place. Kyle and I made a promise to come back but try to stay in the city so that we could explore Venice before all the other tourists make it out of bed.
Before we left the island, I picked up a traditional Colomba di Pasqua and we toasted to a great start into our Easter family get-together. (A Colomba di Pasqua is a Panettone in the shape of a dove. It's a typical 'cake' the Italians eat around Easter.)
Have you been to Venice? What did you like best? Let us know in the comments below!
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