Venice

Hotel

Hilton Molino Stucky on the island of Guidecca. It’s a converted flour mill and it runs a boat to San Marco so you can go back and forth with the main part of the city. There is also a Vaporetto stop right outside it, so you can get the boat from the airport directly to the hotel. It has a few restaurants and a Nutella bar (only open in the summer though!). It also has the only rooftop bar in Venice- which is open all year round-with views up the Grand Canal.

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Food and Drink

When researching Venice and food, I got a lot of negative reviews about the quality of food. There aren’t really any go-to restaurants, and of the five trips I have made to Italy, this was probably the least “wow” in terms of food, but it’s still ok. Gelato anywhere is good, and in a dark alleyway (there are several in Venice) I stumbled upon SuSo, where I had a combination of Chocolate, Creme de Queso, Tiramisu and Opera. In one of the squares there was an amazing stall selling candied nuts and pastries- the amazing cannoli picture came from there. An obligatory stop (apparently) on a trip to Venice is Harry’s Bar, the home of peach bellinis and (temporarily) Ernest Hemmingway. On top of this there was pizza, pasta and risotto all peppered with the best coffee.

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What I Expected from Venice

Some of these are just the stereotypical shots you expect to see from Venice. It’s standard stuff- but I’m still happy with some of the shots I took, so I’m putting them below!

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What I Wasn’t Expecting

Visiting in February was meant to be a way of mitigating the crowds of tourists in Venice. What I didn’t account for was the Carnival. Entering Piazza San Marco it was full of people wearing masks and costumes, and confetti everywhere. It was amazing to be walking down the street and just see these beautiful costumes (totally beats crappy Halloween costumes from ASDA…)

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