So much has been written about Venice that it’s hard to think anyone could add anything new. And yet, each of us who visit and fall in love with the serene city forge a unique relationship with it. We create our own mental image formed of our personal favourites – from the buzzing tourist hotspots to calm, quiet corners; from canals lined with grand, time-worn palaces to alleyways of more humble structures; from the quiet bustling of vendors setting up market stalls and cafes in the morning to the buzz and slapping of waves made by waterboats transporting passengers around the waterways and lagoon. We store away a precious memory box of magical experiences all of our own.
This was our third visit to Venice, the first being in 1998 and the second in 2006. On each visit we stayed a little longer, 5 nights then 6 and this time a whole glorious week!
And with a week to play with, we booked an apartment in Castello, one with a spacious bedroom, a bathroom, a small kitchen and a lounge with dining table. Located in a stunning historical palace, the apartment offered a wonderful balance between historical charm and modern facilities.
I hope you enjoy this video compilation of scenes from our trip, taken on my mobile phone camera.
For more on our recent trip, check out my post about the beautifully eccentric Libreria Acqua Alta (bookshop), my recommendations of the best places to enjoy a panoramic view of Venice, my comprehensive guide on how and where to find great food in Venice, and the enormously fun experience of learning to row a gondola.
Don’t be put off Venice as a city only for couples; while it can be wonderfully romantic, visiting Venice with kids is also very rewarding. Venice is an essential stop on your Italy itinerary, and do make time to explore not only Venice but Murano and Burano as well.
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