Going to Venice was something I have been wanting to do for a long time. Over and over again people would say that it’s a city you have to see at least once in your life…and they were right. Jared and I were joking about Ft. Lauderdale (where we lived prior to moving to Italy) being called “The Venice of the Americas”. Although it does have a lot of waterways compared to other cities in the States, still there is no comparison to the real thing. Literally everything is done on boats- transporting people and goods from one side of the island to the other (i.e. water taxis). I had never been in a city before where I didn’t see one single car.
We had a short 2-night stay on the island of Venice for the long, holiday Easter weekend. We knew it would be a bit crowded during this time, but we didn’t care. We stayed in the perfect location, walking distance from everything in an Airbnb that was perfect for us. It had a spacious bathroom, with separate bedroom, and living area. We were staying in San Marco, so if you are not familiar with the island, this is right in the middle, next to the Canal Grande.
To get to Venice, we took Trenitalia from Roma to Venezia on a Saturday. They usually have buy one, get one free deals if leaving on Saturday, so that’s usually what we try to do when going out of town. The train ride was only 3.5 hours long.
The next morning, we woke up at the crack of dawn, to catch photos of the city while the world was still sleeping. It was so peaceful walking through an empty Venice, I wish we could make it a habit to wake up that early more often.
Here are some photos Jared took that morning…
Although we didn’t get to do a gondola ride this time around (it’s €80!!!), we did do plenty of walking and sight-seeing around the island. We were actually surprised at how much there was to see there. We wish we would have stayed an extra day to cover more ground.
Traveling to these different cities reminds me that the possibilities are endless. Never would I have thought to be here, in Italy, with the love of my life. We are incredibly blessed to be experiencing such an amazing country together.
“I haven’t been everywhere. But it’s on my list”– Susan Sontag
All my love,