Traveling Europe: Venice, Italy

After spending some time in Rome (read about it here!), my dad and I caught a train to the second destination on our European adventure: Venice, Italy.  While charting our travel route, Venice was the last city we squeezed into our plans, and I’m glad we did because it ended up becoming one of my favorite places in the entire world. Venice was love at first sight.

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Located on the northeastern border of the Adriatic Sea, Venice is comprised of over a hundred different islands, separated by canals.  It is a pedestrian city, meaning there are no cars, bikes, or other land vehicles.  The city streets are all for walking, and the available method of transportation is by water.  We stayed in the main area of Venice, the Rialtine islands. The entire area is less than two miles wide, so you can easily explore it all on foot.

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IMG_7046wGondola ride under the Rialto Bridge at sunset

On the southern side of Venice, you reach the sparkling water of the Adriatic Sea.  On a clear, sunny day, it is absolute paradise.

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Also on the southern side of Venice is the famous St. Mark’s square. Fun fact: this area flooded by over a meter earlier this year… I’m happy we got lucky with better weather!  It was 50-some degrees and sun throughout our stay.  We took some time to go in St. Mark’s Basilica and have a look around the museum.

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Because we traveled in December, holiday lights decorated the city at night.  One of my favorite areas was the Rialto Bridge, one of the largest bridges in Venice.

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IMG_6760wView of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge

My favorite thing about Venice was the ambience. Walking the narrow streets enjoying a scoop of gelato, poking around the little shops while a gondolier paddles by, I enjoyed every minute.

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Last, but not least, THE FOOD WAS FANTASTIC.  Our best meal was at Ristorante Saraceno.  I ordered their house red wine and vegetarian lasagna, and it was one of the best meals I have ever consumed.  I’m salivating just thinking back on it.

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Overall, Venice was definitely a highlight of our trip!  It is one of the most unique and charming cities I’ve ever visited.  I will absolutely return someday.

My travel tips for Venice:

  • Pack light!  The city isn’t “wheel friendly”, so getting your luggage around can be tricky. Bridges cross all of the canals, so if you can’t lift and carry your luggage, you’ll want to find an alternate method of transporting it.  We ended up hiring a porter to move our luggage (charge is per bag… once again, pack light!).  Water taxis are also available.
  • Check out the Murano glass.  The Venetian island of Murano is known for its glassmaking, and you’ll see it everywhere in shops around Venice.  It’s beautiful, and if you are looking for a special souvenir or gift that is exclusively made in Venice, this is it!
  • Keep some coins with you.  I found that public restrooms in Venice charge a small fee (around 1€) for use.  An upside to this is that they are typically very clean and well stocked.
  • Pasta. Wine. Gelato. Repeat.  Your taste buds will be happy here.

Have you read my other Eurotrip posts?

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  • clairabelle0306

    Absolutely stunning photos, they could be from a travel magazine. You’re definitely making me want to visit Italy! :)
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Allison Anderson

      Well thank you!! :)

  • Monica

    Murano, Burano, are also really unique islands! And yes, I would say that traveling light around Europe is definetly a must!

  • Alli Stewart

    Beautiful photos! Photographing my travels has become one of my absolute favorite things this past year. I’d love to hear about what you use in terms of equipment and editing software as I shoot on a Canon as well. Can’t wait to see more of your trip! :)

  • Bee

    Looks beautiful, Allison. I definetly wanna go there maybe even this
    year (living in Europe has its perks!). Do you mind telling us what
    hotel you stayed at? Thank you!

  • Erin Smith

    Beautiful! Wishing we had more time in Italy for our planned trip. Sad to miss Venice but just another reason to go back!

  • Emily Woodard

    Look amazing! I love the photos, and that lasagna looks delicious. Venice is definitely on my list of places to see!

  • http://www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com/ stephaniesstyleblog

    Amazing photos! I’ve never been to Venice, but it looks very pretty.
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.com)

  • Brittany Targaryen

    Awesome photos!!!! Venice looks amazing

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! :)

  • Carina Stewart

    It’s my dream to go somewhere like that. The photos are so breathtaking Alison! Looks like you had an amazing time :)
    Carina
    CARSTINA

  • Shannon Marshall

    If you weren’t a youtuber, I would say you HAVE to be a photographer. Absolutely stunning.

    • Allison Anderson

      Your comment made me smile :) thank you!!

      • Shannon Marshall

        Awhh! Anytime! Such a fan! :)

  • Annika

    I went to Venice when I was a kid and loved it! The one food I can really remember is the nutella crepes, damn, they were good! Did you get a masquerade mask? I got a beautiful gold, white, and blue one when I was there :) P.S. You’re SO pretty :)

    • Allison Anderson

      Well thank you! I did not get a masquerade mask, mostly because I was concerned with luggage space and getting it home safely. But all of the masks were very beautiful!! And I didn’t eat any Nutella crepes there… now I have to go back! 😉

      • Annika

        Haha 😛 So happy you replied- forgot to mention that you’re my favourite youtuber :)

  • Sandra

    That lasagna really does look delish!

  • http://melaniface.blogspot.com.au/ melaniface

    You got some gorgeous photos! I went to Venice when it was SO hot! I’d love to go back when its a bit cooler!

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  • Ally

    Wonderful pictures! I’m glad you had an amazing time in Venice. That is actually where my family is from, and we visit there every one or two years to visit family living there. My dad actually lived there as a kid for a while [super jealous], but I’m happy every time I can go back :)

  • Jacob Phelps

    looks to have been a great time!

  • elyvien

    wow, i love your photos! I wish to go here someday..thanks for the tips!
    Pasta. Wine. Gelato. Repeat. =)

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt Blog

    What beautiful pictures! It looks like you had an incredible time. :)
    The Grass Skirt

  • Courtney H

    This is kind of silly, but what camera model and lens were used for these pictures? I just thought they were beautiful.

  • Sophie Gervais

    I have been to Venice back in March with my family, and I loved it! Such an amazing city! And your pictures are beautiful :)

  • http://amarisafloria.com/ Amaris

    I did a 1000 piece puzzle of the first image a while ago, and it looks so pretty in a photograph! I feel like I am living vicariously through your pictures :p

  • http://www.bambookreviews.blogspot.com/ Briana

    I loved Venice! It was my favorite part of Italy :) Did you get to check out Kiko?! It was like an Italian version of MAC… kind of 😛

  • Coco

    Beautiful photography!

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you!

  • http://www.reviewandbrew.com/ Heidi

    Venice looks unreal! Some of these pictures look like you’re standing in front of a painting. Thanks for sharing this with us, I really want to go some day <3

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! Thanks for reading! :)

  • Gaby S

    Venice is one of my favorite places in the whole world! Having some limoncello overlooking the canal is simply breathtaking!

  • Heather Miller

    I’m trying to plan a trip to Italy this year and these photos are making me want to jump on a plane right now! Are you going to post any video footage on your channel?

  • Mkenny1871 .

    Such wonderful pics, what company did u use to plan the trip ?

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! We planned it all ourselves, reading a lot of reviews on Trip Advisor haha!

  • Lauren Kuhlmann

    Your eye for photography is astounding! I love your pictures so much! What lenses do you use & do you shoot in manual?

  • Allison

    holy cow, your pictures are absolutely amazingly good! You should post some photography tips!

    http://mercuteify.blogspot.com/

  • Karla Marca

    after reading your post and seeing your beautiful pictures it is my dream to visit italy! By any chance did you vlog your eurotrip? I would love to see it

  • Tania G

    Photography is stunning. Do you have a Flickr account? if not you should. i would love to hear about your photography experience, do you shoot manual, which camera and lenses do you use?

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! I don’t have a Flickr account, but the camera I shot these with is a Canon T3i, and I for a lot of these shots I just used an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens… nothing too fancy! I shoot manual sometimes, depending on the situation and the sort of picture I’m trying to capture. It helps when you have beautiful scenery… that’s most of the work right there! 😉

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  • http://www.beautybabbles.com/ Kate

    Looks like you had an amazing time! I live in Europe and still haven’t visited some of these places, but they are now on my wish list of places to visit!

    Kate xo | ww.beautybabbles.com

  • Martha Braga

    Oh my god, I really, really, really want to visit Venice! Looks so beautiful and I love the fact that they live like this, with all those bridges and canals. Also, love your pics!!

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! And yes, Venice is amazing, definitely worth taking the time to visit! :)

  • Jolien Nathalie

    Have you been to Milan during your trip? You must have! It’s the fashion capital of Europe. I’ve lived there for 4 years. It’s an amazing city =) Lovely pictures Allison!

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! Unfortunately we didn’t make it to Milan, would have loved to go! Someday I’ll have to go back and see more of Italy :)

  • http://alinaermilova.blogspot.com/ Alina Ermilova

    This post has made me want to visit Venice! :)

    AlinaErmilova.com

  • Julie

    Seeing your post makes me want to visit Venice! I’ve been to Rome, Florence, and Tuscany. I always felt I missed out on Venice. Love the pictures and that you’re blogging.

  • Kathryn Duchnicky

    Great photos!!! What charger / electrical current converter do you have? I always “blow up” my hair dryer…

  • IsaacLikesVlogs .

    I definitely want to visit Venice one day it looks amazing!

  • Kristen

    Sounds like you had an amazing trip! I will be taking a European vacation sometime next year and I would love to visit Venice. The city looks so magical and I know would be something you wouldn’t forget.

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  • Aleks Vargas

    Venice looks lovely! And I would love to try an authentic Italian meal one day :)

  • Sterndli98

    I hope to visit Venice again in the future, I liked it a lot there.

  • http://www.balmainbeauty.com/ Karen

    I’ve been to a few cities in Italy but sadly not Venice. I definitely recommend you go back to Europe at some stage and travel the Scandinavian countries eg. Norway, Sweden, Denmark they are absolutely stunning all 4 season’s and I’ve had the most memorable holiday’s traveling around the Northern Europe countries.

  • TinaVincent

    Omg i would love to go back to Venice again, i loved it as well! <3
    Which camera did you use for ur travel vlogging please?

  • Anna

    Hey Allison, could you do a video on what you brought on your trip? Including clothes, shoes, backpack, maybe some useful storage tips…. That would be awesome!! :)

  • happyhoyt

    I agree that you take great photos…but so does your Dad! He took some fantastic shots of you! Lucky! When I ask my husband to take the pic, it doesn’t turn out so well. lol

  • Sophie S

    Im a photography student and love your travel photo’s, i’d love to know what equipment you used and how you captured some of your images as they’re amazing! + these posts have totally inspired ideas for our family holiday this summer

  • Cecilia

    Hi allison! i’m from italy and i’m glad you liked rome and venice.. i’ve been there a few times,but i’m sad to say that those things from the little stands weren’t made in italy, they are all imported :) Next time you come to italy you have to come to Milan (where i live) and Pisa,Tuscany. Love you and all of you’re videos :)

  • Melissa

    That first photo is INCREDIBLE! I’m dying to know… what lens did you use to take it? :) Thank you!

  • Miss Joi

    That pasta looks A M A Z I N G! Haha I just read all your Europe Posts and they are amazing! http://www.thewanderlustinfection.wordpress.com