Travel: Venice

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No.1 heads to the most ro­man­tic and iconic city in the world for some lav­ish food, plenty of ex­plor­ing and a whole lot of Prosecco


Start early. If you’re stay­ing on one of the small neigh­bour­ing is­lands (Venice is ac­tu­ally made up of 118 is­lands), jump on a va­poretto (wa­ter taxi) to St Mark’s square and grab a seat at Caffe Flo­rian, one of the city’s old­est and most fa­mous cafés. Or­der a cof­fee and a pas­try and take in the awe-in­spir­ing view of St Mark’s Basil­ica whilst the café’s fa­mous or­ches­tra pro­vides the per­fect mu­si­cal back­drop. If you can fin­ish up be­fore 10am, you’ll miss the crowds. Just around the cor­ner from Caffe Flo­rian is the Campanile, the city’s tallest build­ing. Pay 8 Eu­ros to ride the lift to the top of the build­ing and you’ll be met by an un­par­al­leled 360 de­gree view of all of Venice. Next up, take a short walk to the fa­mous Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal, pay 80 Eu­ros for a gon­dola ride down the canal, yes it’s ex­pen­sive but it’s a mem­ory you’ll hold onto for­ever. By now you’ll be start­ing to think about lunch. You can al­ways head back down to St Mark’s Square, but lunch there will be ex­pen­sive and crowded, in­stead, check out the menus of the restau­rants in the lit­tle side streets set back from the Square, here is where you’ll find the real hid­den gems. The best sights in Venice are stum­bled upon when you think you’re lost. Now, when it comes to or­der­ing, of course most of the pizza and pasta op­tions will be di­vine, but there are a few lo­cal spe­cial­ties you could try if you’re game, one of which is spaghetti sep­pie in nero – pasta with cut­tle­fish cooked in it’s own ink, which gives the dish its dis­tinc­tive black colour­ing. If that seems a bit heavy for lunch, tuck into some anti-pasto with a cou­ple of glasses of prosecco in­stead. Af­ter lunch it’s time for a boat trip to the is­lands of Mu­rano and Bu­rano. There are many ven­dors near St Mark’s Square who of­fer the trip and most last around two hours. A tour boat will take you along past many gor­geous sights be­fore first stop­ping off at Mu­rano, which is fa­mous for it’s glass blow­ing. Af­ter a wan­der around the tiny is­land and it’s glass mu­seum, you could pick up some trin­kets in the lit­tle gifts shops that line the wa­ter­front. Then it’ll be time to hop back on the boat and head to Bu­rano, which is fa­mous for it’s pretty houses that are all painted var­i­ous pas­tel shades. Take a walk through the streets and along the canals, in­vest in some of the amaz­ing lace that’s on of­fer. Also, make sure you have a gelato stop on Bu­rano, it re­ally is sec­ond to none. Once you ar­rive back af­ter your boat trip, head to your ho­tel to freshen up and then get right back out there, whether you’re tired or not, Venice is wait­ing! An idyl­lic spot for sun­downer drinks is the Skyline Rooftop Bar at the Hil­ton Molino Stucky – watch the sunset with a chilled glass of wine from an amaz­ing van­tage point. The bar is cool and trendy so makes for some great peo­ple watch­ing too. Lastly it’s time for a late and leisurely din­ner, it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter where you choose, as long as you can get a seat out­side, on the wa­ter’s edge and can par­take in nu­mer­ous cour­ses of carby good­ness – what a per­fect end to a per­fect day.

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