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Venice In October

Venice was the first and last stop on our recent trip to Europe. To my surprise the city was still busy with tourists at the beginning of October, technically the end of high season.

Gondola RiderGondolas on the CanalZodiac in Piazza San Marco

Venice is a great place to wander around, explore and get lost. And get lost we did on multiple occasions while trying to navigate the intricate narrow streets and figure out the impossible-to-read city map. Venice is living history but it also entices visitors with designer boutiques and inviting window displays. Although the budget didn’t allow for shopping, I took the time to admire the perfect leather Italian shoes in the shop windows.

Treats

One of my favourite landmarks in the city is the Doge Palace. The tour of the palace allowed me to learn about Venetian history and the structure of the Venetian government across centuries. Layer upon layer of government was added over time to deal with social and political issues. The palace is also a great place for art lovers. The interiors of the administrative offices are decorated with oversized paintings, wood panelling and Murano glass chandeliers. My boyfriend was particularly impressed by the weaponry collection.

Piazza San MarcoThe Dodge Palace

Venice and its surrounding islands are easy to access with the local vaporetto. A short boat ride brought us to the Island of Murano, known for its tradition of glass production.

Glass Flowers on Murano IslandMurano Island  Music Academy

I loved wandering around Dorsoduro, the city’s university area.  We stumbled upon the Music Academy where the interior courtyard’s traditional architecture contrasted with the contemporary exhibition on display. Just beautiful!

Exhibition at Music Academy

Venice has a great variety of restaurants serving traditional pizza and pasta dishes. The restaurant we enjoyed the most is Impronta Caffe located in Dorsoduro. The interior is modern and the dishes have a sophisticated twist on traditional Italian dishes. We had a fantastic octopus appetizer and my favourite dish in Venice, Squid Ink Pasta.

Impronta CaffeOctopus Appetizer at Impronta CaffeSquid Ink Pasta at Impronta Caffe

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2 Comments

  1. Armanda says

    If you want to bring back the feeling of being in Venice, try reading the Donna Leon mystery series featuring Inspector Brunetti in Venice – very evocative.

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