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My top tip would have to get off the main square and roads and find little bridges and streets where there aren’t hundreds of tourists. That’s where you’ll really see the beauty of the island (and if you’re a shutterbug, that’s where the real photo ops are).
But, determined not to miss anything we wandered round the main street…and I go sliiiightly drawn towards these gorgeous looking bites of tastiness.
Anyway, I digress from the pretty houses and canals!
Venice is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been, and Burano is unique even within that little bubble. I’ve never seen a town so bright!
True to form, in Venetian style, there are naturally bridges everywhere (we think it’s pretty, they think it’s practical!) and I couldn’t resist a good photo op.
By the time we finally made it to Burano (it takes about 50 minutes to get there just to let you know!), it was almost lunch time, so we started browsing for a relatively inexpensive place to eat as we had planned a special dinner.
To be honest, I can’t imagine myself ever living here – it would be far too touristy for me. Especially with tourists taking photos of your house hundreds of times a day.
Though I couldn’t resist; I found the whole island utterly charming and irresistible!
By about this point I was getting pretty hungry… Aka a lunch spot had to be found pronto!
But, my inner blogger just wouldn’t let me stop taking photos! It really is one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever seen and I wasn’t about to miss a single photo opp!
But then – food. It was oh so necessary. Even though we tried to find a hidden gem, the restauterant we fell in love with the most was right on the main square – so we went for it, and we didn’t regret it for a second. It was ah-mazing,
Since Veneto is the original region for prosecco, it would have been rude not to have some (especially when it’s at 16 euros a litre!).
True to form, we both went for pizzas (back on the fitness regime now, I promise!). I opted for an artichoke, ham and mushroom delight whilst the mister was feeling daring and went for a calzone.
Sadly, lunch and our endless wanders came to an end and we had to start making our way back to the hotel. So we jumped on the Vaporetto again and rather spontaneously decided to go to Murano. To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend Murano; it was full of tourists and shops clearly aimed at tourists, which really wasn’t for us.
Though the views on the way there were utterly spectacular!
The mid afternoon light hit the canals in the most beautiful way; I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. But, the island just didn’t appeal to us in the same way that Burano did.
Beautiful in it’s own way, but not for us.
So we hopped back on the water bus where I snapped some great shots of Doge’s Palace and the clock tower. Well, it was an angle I was never going to get again as we were leaving the next morning!
Feeling a little tired but not quite ready to head back to our hotel room, we wandered round the surrounding streets to find a little bar to grab a spritz in. That was the one major downfall of the location of our hotel, it was just a little bit too touristy, which meant it was really hard to find a restaurant or bar near by that wasn’t intended for tourists. But as I say, if that’s the biggest problem, we were in a pretty amazing location!
We eventually rested our weary feet in a little bar which had the most gorgeous vegetable display I’ve ever seen.
Just in time to get a cheeky drink before dinner, I was very happy!
But when the drinks were done, we headed back (mainly so that I could enjoy a final soak in the bath in our room!) to relax a little before our final dinner of the trip.
Venice, you were a beauty, I’ll never forget you and I can’t wait to go back!
I’m writing a guest post for Twins That Travel on my adventures round St Mark’s Square so I’ll be sure to let you know when that comes out! And I think I might be able to squeeze just one more post out of a very hectic 3 day mini break. Till next time!