A Few of my Favorite Things: Venice, Italy
Once described by Napolean, as the most beautiful dining room in Europe, St. Marks Square in Venice, Italy was one of the most breathtaking parts of our visit to the elegant city. Located in the heart of Venice, you are surrounded by a picturesque setting and fascinating cultural architecture. I could not put my camera down!
While I could recommend visiting monuments and some of the interesting and historical tours we took, (Doge’s Palace was my favorite,) I found that some of my favorite experiences in Venice were the times when we did not follow our itinerary at all, but just stumbled upon and enjoyed the city moment to moment.
After you’ve seen all the historical monuments on your list and taken a ride in a Gondola, here are my top three recommendations when visiting the ultra romantic city:
Have a Bellini at Harry’s Bar. If you’re on a budget, ONLY have Bellinis at Harry’s Bar. It’s warm atmosphere, homemade Bellinis and excellent service made this one of our favorite experiences in Venice. It’s surreal to think that we were dining where Ernest Hemingway once came to have a few drinks and write classic American literature. Harry’s Bar was recommended to us by my mother-in-law and we enjoyed it so much, we went twice! On our first visit, we treated ourselves to a few rounds of Bellinis and a late afternoon lunch. Our lunch was light, pricey, but exquisite. We enjoyed Prosciutto crudo from parma served on a light bed of spinach lettuce and homemade lightly baked tagliolini with ham. Since we were on our honeymoon, our waiter recognized this by treating us to a slice of their triple layer chocolate cake. On our last night in the city, it was one of our final stops for a few rounds of drinks.
Have a glass or bottle of wine after hours in the middle of St. Marks Square. You’ll read about having espresso or wine in St. Marks Square, and some guides may even tell you not to because it’s a little pricey. However, one of my favorite memories of Venice was when we purchased a bottle of vino and sat at a table from a closed restaurant in the middle of the square to just take in the night.
Disclaimer: This may or may not be legal. We honestly didn’t look into it so just be careful!
Purchase tickets to see a Venice Orchestra in Concert. We saw the Collegium Ducale Orchestra of Venice play in an intimate spot in the Palace of the Prisons, which was between the bridge of sighs and Doge’s Palace. While I am no musical expert on Baroque era composers, listening in to this orchestra play classics from the famous, Italian Baroque composer, Antonio Vivaldi in the intimate space that once served as a prison, was like a scene straight out of an old, romantic film.