A Weekend in Venice

Venice has been on my list of must visit cities for a very long time. It also happens to be the perfect location for a long weekend with a flight time of just two hours. So one May Friday we set off for East Midlands Airport and embarked on our trip. For our accommodation we chose the delightful Sarah Sun Island which is a B&B on a yacht that is a quick boat ride from St Mark's Square. It is located within the lovely area of Guidecca. On our first night we ventured into the main part of Guidecca, which also happened to be my birthday. We enjoyed a delightful meal next to the water. The food was exquisite, English was widely spoken and I sampled some top notch coffee. Afterwards, we enjoyed a leisurely stroll next to the water and arrived back at the yacht full, satisfied and relaxed. A wonderful way to kick off our stay.

Sleeping on a boat is a weird but wonderful experience. The waves slowly rocked me to sleep and I had a blissful night.

We were up early the next day and our accommodation put on a lovely continental breakfast with cheese and meats aplenty alongside cereals, juices, coffee, tea, yogurts, bread and fruit. Fully sated we set off to catch the water taxi into St Mark's Square. Whenever people think of Venice St Mark's Square is the area that generally comes to mind. It is a beautiful but heaving location surrounded by tourist shops, high-end retailers, The Grand Canal, Basilica and a mass of cafes. wandering around really is quite the experience. It is hard to not be struck by the beauty of the architecture, the smell of Italian Coffee and the shops aplenty. I loved it there but for me areas like Guidecca are much more my thing. Quintisssentially Italian and less expensive that its St Mark's counterparts.

During our long weekend we saw the sights, ate some wonderful food and even found time to pop into an Italian supermarket. We were warned beforehand that Venice was extraordinarily expensive but that wasn't our experience. Yes you can pay a lot if you eat out in St Mark's Square but walk for ten minutes and some places were cheaper than eating out in the UK. We enjoyed a wonderful pizza next to The Grand Canal for just 8 euros and I never paid more than 2 euros for a cappuccino.

Our accomodation on the yacht was less than £200 for two for 2 nights which was a bargain and makes for a unique experience. Sitting on top of the yacht at night with a glass of prosecco overlooking Venice was quite the experience. We'd love to return and stay longer next time. I recommend Venice for everyone it really is one of those places that should be on everyone's bucket list.

During our long weekend we saw the sights, ate some wonderful food and even found time to pop into an Italian supermarket. We were warned beforehand that Venice was extraordinarily expensive but that wasn't our experience. Yes you can pay a lot if you eat out in St Mark's Square but walk for ten minutes and some places were cheaper than eating out in the UK. We enjoyed a wonderful pizza next to The Grand Canal for just 8 euros and I never paid more than 2 euros for a cappuccino.

Our accomodation on the yacht was less than £200 for two for 2 nights which was a bargain and makes for a unique experience. Sitting on top of the yacht at night with a glass of prosecco overlooking Venice was quite the experience. We'd love to return and stay longer next time. I recommend Venice for everyone it really is one of those places that should be on everyone's bucket list.

We flew with Ryanair and stayed at Sarah Sun Island.

 

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