Italy Trip: Venice

While researching our trip to Venice I came across an article that stated “Venice during the summer time is like war,” thanks to all the tourists (60,000 visit Venice every day, dwarfing the 55,000 residents) during July and August, precisely the time we’d be there.

But that didn’t detour us and honestly I don’t even remember the crowds. I just remember the reaction when my kids saw it for the first time which was “Mom this is so cool!”

The minute we got off the train, our hotel had a water taxi waiting for us. We stayed at the Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa right on the grand canal. It is a classical 18th-century Il Palazzo, and just a two block walk to St. Mark’s, and surround by all the prime shopping.

We of course took a gondola ride through the canals which is a must! Sadly we didn’t get one with a singing gondolier. Try and book your ride later in the afternoon or early evening.

We spent two days in Venice, which wasn’t enough to really explore, but some of our favorites spots were lunch at The Gritti Palace right on the grand canal.  This hotel is considered the grand dame of Venice.  And they serve a killer bellini on the terrace overlooking the canal.


For dinner we loved Ristorante Da Ivo (this is a very quaint little place a favorite of celebrities, and where George Clooney had his Stag party the night before his wedding.)

The kids also loved the peppermint hot chocolate from Cafe Florian in Saint Marks Square. Be warned it’s a bit pricey and if you sit in the square and listen to the live music they provide you pay extra for that. We also splurged on skip the line tickets for Saint Marks, because again the lines everywhere are super long in the summer months, and it was definitely hot and humid.


I also enlisted the services of flytographer to help capture the gondola ride as well as a few other moments around this magical place, and it was worth every penny, I’ll treasure these photos forever!

There’s a reason Venice is considered the 8th wonder of the world, so even though we were there at the height of tourist season and summer heat it was soooo worth it!



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