Somehow during this years Christmas rush I managed to escape my family for a few days and take a little trip to Italy! No idea how I managed that but I'm hoping it'll happen again soon as it was an amazing break from it all though I now do have holiday blues. But thankfully I have a couple of trips planned for 2016 to look forward to which is very exciting (thankyou student loan!). Back to Italy, specifically Venice! I stayed in San Marco which is definitely an ideal location for sightseeing and for generally experiencing the wonderful active atmosphere of the city. The streets are constantly full of people as are the canals full of gondolas and the typical wintery fog Venice gets in December made the whole place feel very mythical and even disney like!
Compared to a city like London there aren't many specific sights you should see in Venice though the Bridge of Sighs, which you can see in the picture above, is definitely one. The history of the bridge is very interesting, it earned it's name from the sighing prisoners who were once transported across to the nearby prison. Another place you have to visit and really can't avoid anyway is San Marco Square. Here you'll find the impressive St Mark's Basilica which is possibly one of the most beautiful cathedrals I've ever seen. You can see the ornate decoration of the roof in the picture below. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to go inside so it's made it's way on to my bucket list as I'm sure it will blow me away as much or even more as the outside did!
Another thing worth doing in the main square is going to the top of St Mark's Campanile, the massive tower you wont be able to miss it. The views from there of the whole city and the neighbouring islands are spectacular and I was very lucky that the fog cleared for last two days of my visit as when visibility is poor, the tower closes. A typical tourist attraction is of course the gondolas but I didn't end up going on one as they were very expensive (€80-€100). I regret my decision a bit now which makes me want to go back even more. I enjoyed Peggy Guggenheims collection though that's more of a specific activity for art lovers. Lastly I have to mention the food.. because wow.. it was good. Specifically one restaurant called Aciugheta. I went back three times to this place... the sea food was perfect, the pizza was perfect all the deserts were perfect! The baker and the pastry chef prepare everything fresh and their kitchens are mixed with the dining areas so you can see everything being made. The staff were all super friendly and it wasn't overpriced like many of the restaurants in the city! I can't wait to go back to Italy, definitely discovered a favourite country on this trip! Hope you like the pictures and post!!