Last week I spent an amazing 5 days in Venice, Italy with my mum and sister to celebrate my sister turning 21. Venice is an absolutely stunning city and I’m so excited to share these posts with you! Today’s post is part one and will focus on the first two days of our trip. Part two will be up on Thursday!
Friday 21st February in Venice, Italy
On Friday morning we woke up at 3:30am to catch our 6:50am flight. I have such a love/hate relationship with these early flights. I hate having to wake up disgustingly early but I love having pretty much the entire day to explore a new place. We landed in Italy at around 8am and then had to catch a boat over to Venice which took about an hour.
As soon as we got off the boat I was instantly struck by how beautiful Venice was. Right away we spotted people dressed in the Venice Carnival costumes and they were mesmerising! You could tell a lot of time, effort and money had gone into these costumes. The people dressed up for the carnival were treated like celebrities, with everyone trying to take pictures of them.
Despite the hotel being about a 5-minute walk away from where we got off the boat, it took us a good 40 minutes to find it. With so many alleyways and twists and turns, it was very easy to get lost! We stayed at Hotel Ca Dei Conti and it was amazing. The rooms were spacious, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. We even got upgraded so there was a free bottle of prosecco in each of our rooms!
We stayed in the hotel for a little while to freshen up before heading out to explore. I seriously could not get over the views! It was impossible to not take a picture over every bridge. Even the alleyways were picturesque.
At 3pm we stopped for a very late lunch in a little Italian cafe called Farini. We all ordered an enormous slice of pizza and an incredibly thick hot chocolate, which may seem like an odd combination but it was delicious!
We spent the evening in St Mark’s Square, looking in the shops, admiring the costumes and watching performances on the main stage. It was absolutely crowded but the atmosphere was amazing.
On our way back to the hotel we stopped in an Italian resturant where I was able to experience a genuine Italian lasagne, something I had dreamed of for years haha. It was, of course, delicious and even though I got very full very quickly I couldn’t leave any leftovers behind! It was really difficult trying to choose a resturant as waiters all stand outside trying to pull you in with the promise of yummy pasta, pizza and sometimes even free wine!
There was one man we walked past every evening who always ended his spiel with ‘Tomorrow maybe!’ and we’d reply ‘yes, tomorrow!’ However, it was one of those places we could never find again and would accidentally come across it just after we’d eaten…so we never actually went inside. We always felt so bad whenever he said ‘tomorrow?’ haha.
Saturday 22nd February in Venice, Italy
We woke up on Saturday morning feeling refreshed, rested and ready for a full day of exploring! After a big hotel breakfast consisting of croissants, muffins and a cooked breakfast too we set off. We didn’t really have a set plan, just to walk around and see what we find.
One of the first things we came across was…SEPHORA! I was so excited to find this as obviously we don’t have a Sephora in the UK. We spent quite a while in here, even though I didn’t need any new makeup or wasn’t looking for anything specific I didn’t leave empty-handed. I bought a few bits of Sephora’s own makeup as it wasn’t something I could get in the UK at all. I’ll have a separate Venice haul post going up next week.
After Sephora, we found a cute little cafe and stopped for croissants and a mocktail. We were pretty exhausted by this point as it was fairly warm and we had walked for miles!
The Grand Canal
We went to many shops that day, our favourite being Nino, a chocolate shop who insisted we have their chocolate and biscuit samples every time we went in haha. One sight we all really wanted though to see was the Grand Canal and it did not disappoint.
In the afternoon we headed back to St Mark’s Square and I saw possibly my favourite costume of the whole trip plus the most adorable dog all dressed up and looking fabulous.
That evening we ate in a very cute and cosy resturant where both me and my sister enjoyed Bellini’s while my mum had a glass of wine. I also had a spaghetti carbonara which was incredible. For dessert, we found a little ice cream shop on the way back to the hotel and couldn’t resist.
I hope you all enjoyed part one of my 5 days in Venice, Italy post! Remember, the second part will be up on Thursday so stay tuned. While you’re here don’t forget to subscribe to Beauty and the Bookshelves. You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest too. Thanks for reading!