Saturday, 24 May 2014

The long awaited trip to the beautiful Venice

Finally get to write about my birthday trip to the beautiful city that is Venice. I've always had this city high on my list of places to visit and this year we finally booked this lovely trip!

The city is only a short flight from London and its as beautiful in real life as all the photos i've ever seen. We stayed at the LaGare Hotel on the lovely Murano island which is famous for all the amazing glass work produced by local artists. The island is only a short ferry ride to the main island of Venice and is also only 30minutes away from the lovely Burano Island.

I expected to see lots of intricate Venetian masks and was not disappointed during our trip. What I was surprised to see was the vast amount of local printers and stationers along with their quality handmade artwork and books. I couldn't resist buying a few of the poster prints at Tipografia in Campo S.Maria. You can check out some of their work on their blog. I absolutely loved the fact that most of these printers and other artists including masks makers have their workshops literally inside their shop. Its great to see exactly where all these handmade (or hand printed) items are actually made!

As well as all the shopping of masks, stationery, posters and italian leather shoes there was also a lot of delicious italian food in the city. Although many restaurants were expensive and looked like tourist traps, there were enough reasonably priced trattorias to keep our tummies full and satisfied! There must be millions of gelato places in Venice as we were eating these non stop! We loved the traditional gelatos but we also fell in love with the Stick House's gelato on sticks!

Travelling around Venice using the Vaporetto was fun but it did take us a while to figure out exactly where we were travelling to and which direction we were headed! There's a lot to explore in Venice including all the alleys and canals all over the city. There's a perfect photo spot every corner you turn. I cannot wait to visit this magical city again x


Grand Canal




Cute glass cakes and sweets


Glass work at Murano


Gondolas

Night view from Rialto bridge

Beautiful Burano

Burano

Stick house gelato sticks

Venetian masks