It has been a busy couple of weeks, between running around Italy to make it to those last couple of places on my bucket list and tackling finals. The first check off the list I made was to the floating city, Venezia. After an excruciatingly early train ride and a short nap, I arrived in Venice and was ready to start the day with some exploring. The day wasn’t the most beautiful, but the rain held off just long enough for me to enjoy walking around the city.

First stop, Piazza San Marco and the Ponte di Rialto. After seeing the necessary landmarks I decided to get some lunch and after, do some shopping. By chance I happened upon a local gold mine and had the best seafood risotto I have ever had in my life. It was called, Ostaria a la Campana. The restaurant is right in the midst of the city, but not many tourists drop in because it’s super understated. After a delicious meal, it was time to shop. First stop was a Murano glass shop. Venice, and the Island of Murano in particular, is known for exquisite glassworks. It has been made for centuries by craftsmen on the island and is simply beautiful. Not every shop sells Murano glass, but there are a million glass shops lining the pathways and streets of the city. Therefore you have to be picky but, I was able to buy a few beautiful pieces while there. If glass works aren’t your thing, but masks and carnival are, don’t fret! The streets are lined with tons of  shops and you can pick a mask to add to your souvenir list.

After I finished my shopping tour,  it was time to take a gondola ride. I had been dreaming about it for such a long time, so the whole experience was completely surreal. It went something like this… I met the gondolier and got onto the boat…. I took enough pictures to fill up my entire camera roll on my phone… I took a selfie with the gondolier and 30 minutes later the ride was over. Quickest, but coolest experience ever. My gondolier was so welcoming and knowledgeable. He spoke a little bit about the history of Venice and even sang a little.

When it was done, I was sad and wished I had brought my boyfriend with me, but I had to get going onto the next thing on my list. Venice is the perfect city to go with your spouse or a significant other. The romance in the air is real, it’s not something that can be described in words, but you’ll know it when you get there. So, after my lonely gondola ride I took a stroll by Piazza San Marco and happened upon some incredible street art. There were several oil painted canvases, depicting the city of Venice and I couldn’t resist.

After, I ran off to get some gelato from Venchi, and sat in the Piazza San Marco to enjoy my last moments before we had to leave this beautiful, floating city. The train ride back to Rome was a sad one, but it was a day I’ll never forget. When in Italy make sure to stop in Venice, if not for a mask or a piece of glass, do it for that singing gondolier. If you need any other suggestions feel free to comment below!

The view of the water from a gondola in Venice.