Following a 2 day mini-tour of Villa Sandi with our friends Chris and Heidi, we headed back down to Venice for an evening of food and more wine to nurse our sore heads from two days of sipping on fizz and indulging in copious amounts of antipasti.
Step into the surreal lagoon of water taxi's, canal's, romantic backdrops and gelato. If you're not the city type, take a moment to breath, because whenever there's day light in this beautiful water ridden city, there's people everywhere. As a cruise liner stopping point, 1000's of people flood into St Mark's square on a daily basis, and if you're a whizz on your phone's map app, or you're laid back enough to wonder without a care in the world, head for the back streets.
Turn around and you’re likely to get lost. Wandering the streets of this enchanting city is a wonderful thing, there’s shops laden with masks, freshly whipped Gellato & italian fancies and if you’re looking for something with a little bit more sparkle, there’s designer and jewellery shops directly off St. Marks Square. Truth is, you’ll never truly get lost as you’ll always find water and a taxi station along the Grande Canal taking you back to your desired stop.
Don’t be fooled by the friendly water taxi’s, many of these are private and one trip will cost you four times over what you’d pay for a day pass on one of the main water taxi’s. If you don’t mind walking the streets of Venice, the best way to see the sites, then these water taxi’s which run every 5-10 minutes will pick up and drop off at all of the main attractions. If you’ve never been to Venice before, then treat yourself to a Gondola ride. Ranging from €50-€90 Euro’s, the memories are worth the splash.
Wake up next to the Canal…
The Locanda Orseolo is a recently restored Venetian home facing the Orseolo canal, just a stone-throw away from St Marks Square and a few minutes from Ponte di Rialto. With Canal facing bedrooms and the others over looking a private court yard, this boutique hotel is the perfect place for a restful nights sleep with enchanting decor, delicious breakfasts and attentive staff.
Rooms from €240 per night.
Dinner at Belmond Cipriani
Water everywhere provides some of the best seafood in Europe. Indulge in a seven course tasting menu, paired with fine wines at Belmond Hotel Cipriani’s resident restaurant, Oro. Located at the tip of the Giudecca Island, the restaurant is just a short spectacular boat ride from St. Marks Square. With it’s calm atmosphere and sense of seclusion, the service is attentive and the food is some of the worlds best. The wine menu is somewhat overwhelming and replicates a catalogue, but with a sommelier on hand to help choose your wines, you’ll be sipping away on fine wines to match your food in no time. With a cocktail giving a nod to some of George Clooney’s favourites, make time before dinner to sit by their saltwater pool and sip on fizz with fresh fruit purees and a Moscow Mule that leaves you wanting more.
Booking is without question necessary, as this dining hot spot can get booked up months in advance. Once you're on the island, the staff cannot do enough for you and if you're planning on arriving early for dinner, they're more than happy for you to wonder the beautiful grounds surrounding this slice of Venice, before sipping on pre-drinner cocktails.