72 hours in Venice

A an early start and a 2 hour plane journey got us to Marco-Polo airport before 10am, where we were greeted by the most beautiful wooden water taxi to take us to our hotel. Its the only way to arrive in Venice – literally! Of course the James Bond theme tune was being hummed by everyone the whole way there, as we took in the amazing views of the city.

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We were staying on Giudecca, which is a small island off Venice, just to escape the hustle and bustle of the city itself.  After a brief check in, the 5 of us headed out to explore the island. Lunch was in a beautiful café overlooking the water, we had many bowls of pasta and caprese salads and of course a lot of wine, before continuing our walk exploring the old boat yards and getting lost down the tiny streets. I wore a dress from Choies.com that looks a lot like a Dolce and Gabbana print I’m obsessed with, with espadrilles from H&M and a Chloe Faye bag.

After a lovely walk, we headed back to the hotel and met up on the roof top ‘Skybar’ for some drinks before dinner. The bar was amazing with great music and cocktails and we had such a laugh. I wore a shirt dress from Mary Katrantzou and Gianvito Rossi heels.

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We ate in a lovely restaurant we stumbled upon whilst walking down the street and I had the best lasagne I’ve ever had in my life! What did I expect, I was in Italy!

The second day we woke up early because Dad wanted to take us round the famous Fish markets. We took another taxi across to Venice city and got off outside. It was my worst nightmare, the smell was vile and seagulls were attacking everyone. All the different types of fish were interesting to look at – if you can call that interesting! Lets just say, we quickly moved on!

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We spent the morning wondering the beautiful streets of Venice, just allowing ourselves to get lost down all the small backstreets, dipping into shops and cafés here and there and taking in all the landmarks, such as the Rialto bridge. I wore an off the shoulder dress from Zara, Gucci sandals and a Chanel bag.

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Now, you can’t go to Venice and not go on a gondola. I really wanted to ride on one so I treated everyone to it. I absolutely loved it, it was so relaxing and a very good way to see the city. The angle you can get of buildings makes for very interesting photos, if thats something you’re into! We did an hours tour around all the best parts of Venice, I would definitely go on a gondola if you ever visit the city.

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After exploring the city further and tiring ourselves out in the sunshine, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. Again we ate in an amazing restaurant down the street and all had pizza! You can’t not when you go to Italy! I wore a dress by Marni that I got from Violet in Harrogate, a pre-loved store which is absolutely fantastic.

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On day 3 we decided to do something different, so we hopped on the bus to Murano Island, where the famous glass is from and spent the morning wondering the shops and stopping off for some authentic coffee. I wore a dress from H&M which is absolutely gorgeous, H&M espadrilles and Chanel bag.

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Lido island was our next stop. This was a beautiful place which had a very, South of France vibe to it. I think I preferred it to Venice itself. It had a beach at the bottom and a amazing  shopping street with gorgeous restaurants and cafés. We stopped off for some lunch and a few bottles of wine before heading back to enjoy the rooftop pool in our hotel. We had a lovely few hours in the sunshine, drinking rosé and enjoying the music.

For dinner on our last night I wore one of my favourite new outfits that I picked up in Rome. My trousers were by Sandro, top by Helmut Lang, Louboutin shoes and Chanel bag. I had to get James to give me a piggy back to the restaurant because of them bloody shoes, why did I even bother!

A beautiful green garden was the setting for our final meal and it was gorgeous. We shared huge Italian style platters and bowls of pasta. My favourite kinds of food! It was a wonderful trip and I would definitely love to visit the city again!

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If you have enjoyed this post or if it has inspired you to visit Venice yourself let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading.

Liss x

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