The DH and I wanted to give our son a special gift for his college graduation which took place this May. We decided to give him a trip and told him we’d take him anywhere he wanted to go. We were pathetically grateful when he said he wanted to go to Italy because he’s very outdoorsy and athletic so we were praying he didn’t say he wanted to go ziplining in Antarctica. We planned a 12 day trip and it was a FABULOUS vacation! The DH and I had both been to Italy, but not together and before we were married . We’d both been to Venice, but neither of us had ridden in a gondola (crazy, right?!). Our son had never been to Europe, so he was excited to go.
We flew into Venice where we began the first leg of our trip. We spent three magical nights in this unique, gorgeous city built on the water. We walked for hours, exploring narrow alleys and streets. It was impossible to get lost in Venice–there were signs on every building pointing tourists to the famous Rialto bridge and St. Marks Square.
We took a walking tour of the city and a gondola ride (so cool!) through the narrow rios–rios are the water alleys between the buildings. A canal (like the Grand Canal) is a wide, main waterway. We also took a tour of the lagoon islands of Murano (famous for the glass blowing factories), Burano (famous for exquisite lace), and Torcello (home of an ancient church).
The food was outstanding, the weather perfect, the shopping magnificent, the sights incredible, and the gelato to-die-for. In next week’s blog I’ll tell you about the next part of our journey–Florence. Until then–ciao, ciao!
Have you ever been to Italy? Want to go? Where’s your dream vacation spot? Been anywhere fun/interesting this summer–or are you doing a “staycation?”