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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Christmas in Venice? Don't Mind If I Do

When my best friends suggested a girl’s trip to Venice, I jumped at the chance. The trip was for 4 days and we left from Birmingham Airport on Christmas Day. The first day was mostly travelling as we had a stopover in Zurich and travelled by water bus from the airport to San Zaccaria once we got there.

We then explored the city a bit to find Rossopomodoro, where I had a delicious Spaghetti Pomodorini, which is spaghetti with plenty of cherry tomatoes. I would recommend Rossopomodoro for a fairly inexpensive meal. I also managed to miss my mouth and throw bruschetta all over myself, but that’s another story.
Food pic!


On the second day, we booked an excursion where we travelled by ferry to three Venetian islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello. Murano is famous for producing glass and I watched a very impressive glass making demonstration. Burano is known for its lace and the brightly coloured houses were really nice to see. Torcello was home to a church/museum filled with mosaics from the Byzantine era but, by the time we got there we were all really hungry; so chips from a local restaurant it was.

On our second full day in Venice, we decided to stay closer to home and visited the Basilica in St Mark’s Square. It was 5 Euros for entry to the terrace where we had a great view of the entire square. Below is a picture I took from the top (on the terrace).




The Basilica in St. Mark's Square 





There is another food place I have to mention. Dal Moro’s was a fast food pasta place that we found completely by accident, but they did some of the best pasta I have ever tasted. The staff were excellent too; they were beyond friendly and made visiting Dal Moro such a pleasure. I actually really miss the food there and wish I could go back! It was great value too.


And then on the fourth day, sadly, it was time to head back. 

Famous gondolas



The Rialto Bridge


Overall, I loved the old style buildings and narrow walkways, all the time feeling very safe. You do, of course, need to be sensible and vigilant as with anywhere one would travel. Venice in winter was exquisite. I would love to return and see what it was like during the summer months. 

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