Venice was the first and last stop on our recent trip to Europe. To my surprise the city was still busy with tourists at the beginning of October, technically the end of high season.
Venice is a great place to wander around, explore and get lost. And get lost we did on multiple occasions while trying to navigate the intricate narrow streets and figure out the impossible-to-read city map. Venice is living history but it also entices visitors with designer boutiques and inviting window displays. Although the budget didn’t allow for shopping, I took the time to admire the perfect leather Italian shoes in the shop windows.
One of my favourite landmarks in the city is the Doge Palace. The tour of the palace allowed me to learn about Venetian history and the structure of the Venetian government across centuries. Layer upon layer of government was added over time to deal with social and political issues. The palace is also a great place for art lovers. The interiors of the administrative offices are decorated with oversized paintings, wood panelling and Murano glass chandeliers. My boyfriend was particularly impressed by the weaponry collection.
Venice and its surrounding islands are easy to access with the local vaporetto. A short boat ride brought us to the Island of Murano, known for its tradition of glass production.
I loved wandering around Dorsoduro, the city’s university area. We stumbled upon the Music Academy where the interior courtyard’s traditional architecture contrasted with the contemporary exhibition on display. Just beautiful!
Venice has a great variety of restaurants serving traditional pizza and pasta dishes. The restaurant we enjoyed the most is Impronta Caffe located in Dorsoduro. The interior is modern and the dishes have a sophisticated twist on traditional Italian dishes. We had a fantastic octopus appetizer and my favourite dish in Venice, Squid Ink Pasta.