Wanderlust Wonderland

Venice guide for ordinary travelers

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Wanderlust Wonderland brings you: a travel guide for ordinary travelers, with must-sees, tips and tricks and the most delicious food, for ordinary travelers, like you and me.

The corona virus has a strong hold on all of us. A lot of countries are in lockdown or in only-go-out-when-you-absolutely-have-to mode. I’m working from home, only going outside to do groceries and though I love being home and being able to spend time with boyfriend and the kitties, I also really want to travel again. And I’m struggling with this blog, because I don’t have that much content to write about.

I was thinking what I wanted to post about and then I remembered the pictures I saw from last week. Because all of us are staying home, because lots of companies have shut down, because of less and less flights, nature is flourishing and on a small scale, we are seeing polluted areas of nature recover. I’ve seen so many pictures of blue channels in Venice, with actual fish, dolphins and crocodiles swimming in it! I really hope those are not photoshopped, because it made me really happy. And it made me want to go back to Venice. So, time for a travel guide, in hopes we will be able to travel again soon!

Where we stayed

I’ve only stayed at one hotel in Venice yet, but I really liked this one. It was the Hotel Torino. The bathroom was tiny, but I really liked our room!

When to go

Try avoiding the high season, because it will be way too crowded, and that’s no fun. Venice is a very popular touristic location, so try visiting in spring or autumn, rather than summer. The weather will still be super nice, but there will be less tourists. We went in the beginning of may, the weather was perfect and it wasn’t all too crowded!

Highlights

  • Canal Grande
  • Piazza San Marco
  • Basilica Santa Maria della Saluta
  • Basilia di San Marco
  • Bridge of Sighs

Must do

  • Buy books at Libreria Acqua Alta
  • Take a Gondola Ride. Yes it’s pricy. Yes it’s touristic. But it’s FUN, and you can’t really miss out
  • Wander through the small streets, over the little bridges. Try counting them, get lost, just enjoy! ♥

Must eat

  • Italian icecream
  • There’s no country in the world that has better pasta than Italy. A restaurant that I’ll definitely be returning to is Osteria Ai Specchieri 
  • Italian tapas: Cicchetti

The best souvenirs

  • Venice is famous for it’s carnaval, so you’ll find these masks everywhere. They’ll make a great souvenir for on your wall!
  • Something made from Murano glass. This can also be found in every souvenir shop. Some look (and are) really cheap, but there’s also some exquisite glasswork to be found in the more classy stores.

The traveling bookworm

  • Carlo Collodi – The adventures of Pinnocchio (children’s literature)
  • Luigi Pirandello – One, No one and one hundred thousand (literature, philosophy)
  • Thomas Mann – Death in Venice (literature)

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