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Amanda and Tim’s Italy trip: Venice

October 17, 2011

Hi everyone! Amanda, here. Tim and I just got back from our dreamy Italian journey and had such a magnificent time!! I thought I’d share some photos and tips from our trip for those of you that are starting to think about your honeymoon (or for those of you that just need a mental vacation!).

Italy, of course, is one of the most romantic places on earth so it is the perfect spot to spend some time with your new hubs! Katie from Ever After Honeymoons helped us figure out the perfect itinerary that fit in every city we wanted to see. I’m not sure we would have coordinated everything as smoothly if she weren’t involved, so thank you Katie!

We started our trip in Venice, the honeymoon capital of the Italian romantic heartland. And yes, romantic it was..

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We spent a couple mornings on a trip through the Rialto Market…a big, open-air market with loads of fish, vegetables, spices and tourist merchandise. A great place to pick up some tomatoes and fresh herbs to cook with if you have access to a kitchen and want to save a little money on food. We rented this cute apartment through Homeaway.com and had a comfy place to relax after our daily adventures.

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Venice is such a lovely city…we meandered through the corridors, stopping for a gelato or to take in the bustle of the Grand Canal. We had quiet dinners at osterias in dimly-lit squares at night, and just reveled in every moment. Eating well in Venice is quite easy to do, especially if you stay away from the touristy restaurants near much of the Piazza del San Marco. Restaurants that have photos of the food displayed anywhere scream “tourist trap!” so don’t waste a precious meal there. A stylish lunch at the Osteria Enoteca San Marco was cozy and delicious. Dinner highlights include Osteria Boccadoro and Antiche Carampane, both of which are a little tricky to find, but worth the trip through the maze!

And of course, a little ride in one of the gondolas was in order. The price was a little steep at 100 euro, but the experience was so memorable…seeing the city from the canal view, snuggled up to my man, and feeling like a celebrity as the tourists above you frantically wave in your direction. So very fun! Nighttime was our favorite part of the day, where the tourists are few and we felt like the city was ours..

Stay tuned for more adventures, continuing with our trip to Lake Como tomorrow! xx