A weekend in Venice

11.27.2015

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I was in Venice earlier this month, I started my trip in Tuscany and decided what a better place to end my travels then in Venice. I had never been before and it was on my list of must see cities. I stayed at Hotel Danieli, a lovely hotel which was the former palace of the Dandolos, a noble Venetian family. Built in the late 14th century, it didn't become a hotel until 1906. One of my favorite parts was having breakfast on their beautiful rooftop patio overlooking the grand canal and Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. It was nice being so central and close to everything but I admit San Marco is the world's largest tourist trap. It's a must see but damn there are a a lot of people. While I get it, Venice is by far one of the most magical places on earth. If I were to go back I would stay in one of the outer less touristy areas.

I got into the habit of waking up super early so I could miss the crowds and take photos in decent light. I'd get lost wandering the canals, listening to the church bells in a distance. I imagined what it would been like to be there in the 18th century, dressed in gowns and reaching my home by boat. The details that went into building Venice are truly spectacular. Saint Mark's Basilica is by far the most beautiful church I've ever been in. It literally gutted me knowing I couldn't sneak a photo in there, or any of the churches rather! Boo! While I didn't spend much time there I do have a list going with a couple recommendations. Luckily I had some local insight and friends who have spent more time there. So they shared their lists with me. You can check it out here.

16 comments:

  1. These photos bring back so many memories. Ugh, Venice is gorgeous! And the San Marco Basilica is breathtaking – it's a bummer we can't take photos inside.

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    1. Wowwww what a post!!!! Never been to Venice, but would love to go to.
      Thanks for sharing this with the whole wide world.

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  2. These pictures are incredible! I miss Venice but you evidently found a much calmer, less-crowded version than I did :) I miss those colours xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

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  3. I absolutely love these images - makes me miss Venice so much!

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  4. Beautiful photos. Coming to your blog is always such a treat.

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  5. Venice is gorgeous as always. How was the weather in November - no flooding?

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  6. Amazing that you got to stay at Hotel Danieli, that's so gorgeous! I absolutely love Venice, you captured it so beautifully (and surprising, with no people! you must've gotten up super early in the morning for these shots!) I love your use of light in these photographs, everything looks other-worldly and magnificent!

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  7. this light... so beautiful ♥

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  8. Wow Really amazing city so beautiful :-)

    Regards
    Aana

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  9. Beautiful photos!!!
    Best regards

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  10. Amazing how beautiful Venice is in wintertime - you made most stunning pictures!
    Greetings Renate

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  11. Venice looks so amazing through your amazing photography, as always. I've only ever been to Venice for day trips, so I never got to wander around when the crowd wasn't around. It seems like that would be an amazing feeling, I love that you imagined what it would be like to live there, wearing elegant ballgowns and taking gondolas home! I will definitely always have that image in my mind whenever I see Venice.

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  14. Like your pics very much. Venice is insane by day but quite different at night. The passageways, which are drenched in history, become mysterious, alluring, ghostly. There are aromas and sounds distinctly Venetian too. It's one of the great walking cities. Agree, early morning and after the last ferries depart, are the best times.

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  15. Beautiful photos! the food, the place, all perfect <3

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