02.08.17 – 06.08.17
This summer, my two friends Dia, Barbara and I decided to take a trip to Venice, Italy. We really wanted to get away for a while, just the three of us, and thankfully Ryanair had great fares from Budapest to Venice. We went for four nights so we could experience the city properly. After the short one hour flight, we arrived at Treviso Airport and took a direct bus to Piazza Roma at the edge of Venice. From here, we walked until we reached our AirBnB in the district of Cannaregio. The apartment we rented was the perfect size and it had everything we could have needed, with the unfortunate exception of an air conditioner. The whole time we were there, the temperature was around 36C or higher, and with the added humidity it was quite a struggle to deal with these conditions throughout the trip.
We arrived late afternoon, so once we were settled we searched for the closest well-rated restaurant, and ended up finding a lovely family-run place where we were seated in a courtyard with plants, lights and many cats 🙂 . All three of us are huge fans of seafood, so we ordered plenty of it such as vongole (clams) and gamberetti (prawns), with spaghetti.
The first day we went to visit the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark Square), the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), the Basilica San Marco (St. Mark’s Basilica) and the San Marco Campanile (St. Mark’s Bell Tower). These are a must-see for anyone who visits Venice, as they all play a vital part in the city’s history. My most memorable experience was going to the top of the bell tower; the views to the city are breathtaking. Thankfully, my friend pre-booked the tickets to visit all of these places and we were able to skip the lines (this is something that I highly recommend to do!). We were taken to the top of the tower by an elevator, and there we were able to enjoy the beautiful view and cool breeze.
This was my third time going to Venice, and there is something I wanted to point out to anyone that plans to visit in the future; the best gelato place in the whole city! I have yet to find a place in Venice where they make better ice cream than at the Gelateria Cá d’Oro Venezia. Every time that I visited I fell in love with their unique flavours of gelato, my personal favourites being mango and melon. My friend also had sesame seed flavoured gelato, which she loved. They also have these amazing popsicles on display!
On our second day, we took the water bus to visit the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. First, we went to Murano, which is the island known for its glass making. We didn’t spend too much time here as we all had been before, and we were really curious to see Burano. I think this was my favourite place that we visited throughout the trip. Apart from its textile making, Burano is known for its one of a kind architecture and colour scheme. The cute colourful houses are so unique and I fell in love with them immediately! We spent a good amount of time wandering the streets, trying to discover the hidden alleys and streets of the island.
It was really fun to get lost in the tiny streets and wonder away from the large tourist groups. A highlight of the visit was when we stumbled upon a small neighbourhood that was mainly inhabited by old ladies, and we could smell their delicious home cooking through the windows. We looked like complete tourists but it was so much fun!
On the third day, we visited the Rialto Bridge and the Rialto Market, where I bought lemon flavoured salt for cooking, and my friends got fruit as well. For the afternoon we had tickets to visit the Museo Correr, which is located at the St. Mark Square. It has plenty of statues, paintings, and an old historic library. We also did a little bit of shopping because I was desperately in need of some loose clothes so that I could survive the heat! We spent the rest of the day walking around and getting lost in the streets. In the evening, we went back to the restaurant we went to on the first night, and ordered a huge plate of frutti di mare (seafood); it was delicious!
I really enjoyed this short but amazing trip, and it definitely wouldn’t have been the same without my amici ( friends 🙂 ). It was a perfect finish to the summer and I hope that I can go on another vacation soon. Until then,