Italy – Part I: Venice & Burano

Italy has been on my list of places to go since I learned about it in school.  I’ve always found the language, the culture and the people to be so intriguing. When I lived in Paris, I had a Polish roommate who was fluent in Italian.  When we hung out with our friends, I was a little jealous because she could communicate perfectly with them.  Her French wasn’t so great and their English was even worse so everyone spoke Italian, except me. So, before we left for Italy last year, I spent about two months working on Rosetta Stone in Italian! I practically begged my husband to order it for me and he finally gave in.  In the beginning, I didn’t think I was learning much but when we got to Italy I realized I knew quite a bit.

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Our first stop in Italy was Venice.  Flying into Venice Marco Polo Airport was such a beautiful way to enter the country for the first time!  The Vaporetto ride from the airport to our apartment was magical.  It was a cold and dreary day but it seemed as though the sky opened up just for us.   Once we arrived at the Rialto Bridge we met with our apartment manager to get the keys and settle into our home for the next two days. After setting up shop in our apartment we went out to explore the city and have a nice dinner.  I can’t remember the name of the restaurant, I have the card somewhere, but it was an incredible meal.  Definitely, the best bruschetta I’ve EVER had!!

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On our second day, we decided to hop over to the Island called Burano.  This tiny, colorful island is known for glass blowing and their stunning glass art.  My favorite part of Burano was the colorful houses and the story behind them.  Legend has it, or so I heard, the houses were painted in different bright shades so the fishermen returning from sea in the fog could identify their homes.  Standing on the tiny island, I felt more like I was in the Caribbean than on an island only 25 minutes away from Venice.

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The rest of our time in Venice was spent doing the touristy thing and hitting all the required sites.  Although we didn’t get to spend much time in Venice, only two days, we loved it just the same.  I can’t wait to go back and see all the great things we missed on this trip.  Come back later this week to see the complete gallery from Venice & Burano!


What’s your favorite thing to do/see in Venice?  If you haven’t been, what are you most looking forward to seeing? Leave your comments below!

 

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    When I first went to italy , we had the option to go here but we thought ” fishing village? We have lots of that. ” so we didn’t bother. Then I saw pictures of it… made sure I visited when we returned.
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      Haha, I’ve done that before and kicked myself for not going. Luckily, that gives you a good reason to return in the future.

    • Megan
    • September 5, 2015
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    So glad you were able to visit Venice. Isn’t it another world? I love exploring the back alleys and eating the seafood.

    • mar
    • September 5, 2015
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    Ah Venice, I bow to return! I was there as a kid on a school trip and the memories are still vivid – we even went to Murano! I shall return as an adult see how it feels 🙂

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      There’s nothing better than spending time in Venice without all the noise and pollution from cars. I could have stayed much longer and I hope to do that next time and throw in a visit to Murano!

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    I love Venice. My favorite thing about Venice is wandering through the maze of alleyways and getting lost. We found some hole-in-the-wall restaurants with outstanding food and local character. We also got a laugh from the contradictory signs basically indicating you can walk in any direction and find your way back to the Piazza San Marco!
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      Haha, yes, I had the hardest time wrapping my brain around the maze that is Venice. No idea how my hubby figured it out so fast. I’m happy he did though because that was the most fun on our whole trip, besides Burano of course!

    • Hugo
    • September 5, 2015
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    Venice still is one of the most interesting places I’ve visited. In my opinion, the best thing to do is to get lost and just wander around randomly. You’ll find many amazing things at every corner!
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      That’s the advice everyone gave us before we went! They all said “just walk around and lose yourself in the city.” Even in the dead of night it’s beautiful and very safe.

    • anna
    • September 5, 2015
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    One thing I miss about Italy is the food!!! Venice is such a beautiful place and would love to go back!
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      The food was incredible! Venice is my husband’s favorite city now.

    • Holly
    • September 6, 2015
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    I have not been yet, but soon. I would have loved to see the apartment you rented. The colorful houses would be fun to see and not something you would expect there.

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    Venice is my favorite place in the whole world!! It made me miss it:/ Burano seems so intriguing as well. Next time, that’s on my hit list. Thanks for sharing!
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    I had no idea Burano even existed! Looks like a great place!! That food looks so amazing. I want it now.

  5. Venice is a great city, and glad to hear you enjoyed it. As you mentioned, a couple of days isn’t quite long enough to do it justice, but there is an excuse to return!
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  6. I loved getting to explore the sinking city of Venice. It is such an interesting place with an amazing history. I loved getting lost in the streets and just wandering around.
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