Sometimes it doesn’t always go as planned…
So I am going to be completely honest with you all – I was 100% distracted when I was in Venice. I don’t remember any good places to eat, any specific spots that you can’t miss, why you should take a gondola ride, or anything really, because my mind was elsewhere while I spent two days in Venice last summer. I was dealing with a family emergency from 4,000 miles away and I was helpless in the situation. Although I was physically in Venice, mentally I was elsewhere. And my parents encouraged me to finish out my trip before returning home to deal with things, so it was two days in Venice, then three in Rome, and one full day of travel before I was even back home.
My biggest distraction when I’m dealing with things is to take photos, which is why I love it so much. I took some, but even that was a bit hard to do because of my situation. So I don’t have much to say specifically about Venice, so I hope you enjoy these photos. For a more complete guide on the city, here’s a post with the best things to do in Venice.
- Where we stayed: The Westin Europa & Regina, Venice, Italy (and they upgraded us to a suite overlooking the GC!)
- How long we were there: Two nights
- Where we spent most of our time: Our hotel was a two minute walk from the Square, aka Piazza San Marco, aka St. Mark’s Square. We spent the majority of our time on this side of Venice and didn’t go too far towards the north side.
- What would I have done differently: Of course I would have explored more, but the one thing I am bummed we didn’t get to do is to go to the nearby island of Burano because it’s the most colorful place on this planet and if you know me, you know I love colorful photography – it’s a dream come true for it.
Final recommendations: Definitely visit Venice if you can. I believe 2-3 days is sufficient to see the area. Make sure to add one additional day (your third day would be best) if you want to take a boat over to Burano to spend the day. Still kicking myself about not doing it!
Ultimately, life happens, and sometimes it happens while you’re on the most dreamy vacations. I wish I could say I enjoyed Venice but I just had too much on my mind to really take advantage of this beautiful place. For the past year I said I’d never go back because I have a bad memory associated with it. But I have gotten past that and I’d like to visit it again – but mainly so I can go see Burano!
If you’ve been, I’d love to hear your favorite things about Venice in the comments below and if you’re in the planning stages of your trip to Italy, make sure to check out this Italy itinerary for first-timers!
Note: It was a surgery that was required and my family member who had to have it is recovered and well now!