I whisked my husband away for a surprise weekend in Venice to celebrate his 30th birthday.
We arrived at Marco Polo airport and took a water taxi into the city. It’s a costly way to travel (about €110) but totally worth it for incredible views of the Grand Canal. From experiencing a very long, hot and crowded water bus journey on the way back to the airport, I’d definitely take this mode of transport!
When we got there, we checked into our AirBnB on the Grand Canal in what the Guardian calls the ‘real Venice’ – the area of Dorsoduro. And it was really charming.
But the best way to enjoy Venice is just to get lost down its maze-like alleyways, stumbling upon squares, and people watching. We decided against a gondola ride (I’m sorry but I thought it looked so awkward and naff!) and favoured watching them instead!
Our afternoon was spent drinking Aperol Spritz in the sunshine at back-street bacari (this Guardian article on eating like a local is worth a read!)
Ciao for now – I’ll be sharing more Venetian adventures in my next posts.