After absolutely perfect weather in Rome – seriously, it was mid-60s during the day and just a few degrees cooler at night – we knew not to complain on our travel day to Venice. It rained most of the way and at each stop on the route, we could feel that the air was getting colder and colder. Sure enough, by the time we got to Venice, it was cold, wet, and grey.
After getting slightly lost (which we knew was supposed to be fun in Venice, but it really wasn’t when it was 45 degrees and we were dealing with luggage), we found our hotel and got settled in. We wandered to a nearby restaurant for dinner – a good-but-not-amazing meal of caprese salad, gnocchi, and branzini (fish) – and called it a night, hoping that the next day would at least be dry.
Sure enough, in the morning the rain had stopped, although it remained quite cool. That was okay, though, since we had packed planning for late October weather, and we had sweaters and jackets.
We decided to start our day by exploring St. Mark’s Basilica and St. Mark’s Square, which were just a few blocks from our hotel.
We weren’t allowed to take photos in the church, but the unique thing about the artwork here was that it was all done in mosaics of glass tiles. It was beautiful!
After touring the church, we decided to walk along the waterfront, and just wander and explore. This ended up being one of our favorite times in Venice. We had a map, but we decided to leave it folded up and just walk. We knew we were on a pretty small island and that we couldn’t get too lost! We wandered for probably about three hours.
Back at the hotel, we continued our cocktail hour routine and enjoyed a couple of Bellinis:
We decided to head to a restaurant suggested by a friend for dinner. However, when we got there, it just happened to be the one night of the week when it was closed. We wandered around that area and lucked into finding our favorite restaurant of the whole trip. Get ready for some food p*rn!
We were both ridiculously full by this point, but given how wonderful the meal had been, we couldn’t pass up dessert!
We decided to take an indirect route back to the hotel, to try to walk off a bit of what we had just eaten! It took us about an hour to get back to the hotel, and by this point we could tell that the weather had broken and that we would have lovely weather again the next day.