With only two days in Venice, we knew we were cutting it close.

Could we really get to know the city in just two days? Could we find the best restaurants? Would we have time
to sit back and just enjoy it? Well, if we did it right, the answers to all those questions could be yes.

So from the moment we arrived, until the moment we left, we didn’t let one second go to waste.

We arrived determined to discover the most authentic Venice we could, in only two days. And that, my friends,
is exactly what we achieved.

Our time in Venice included wandering the timelessly beautiful canals on foot, and by boat, roaming the
city’s quiet alleyways and colorful corners, eating pizza and pasta , finding the
best restaurants, drinking at local bars, and more.

If you’re ready to experience the best of Venice, read on! Here’s how we spent our two days in Venice…



Then, we rushed over to San Marcos Square.

Then we stopped for a quick gelato. Because you can’t go a day in Italy without at least one gelato.
Or at least I can’t.

We found a little shop called Suso, and it became our go-to gelateria for the remainder of our time in Venice.
Mmm, mmm, mmmm!


Venice itself is gorgeous, like no other place on the planet; yet, when you experience Venice when the sun’s
going down, and shortly thereafter during blue hour, it becomes even more magical.


On our last of two days in Venice, we decided that having no plan at all was the best plan. (Excluding where
we’d eat – of course, we always do our research on that beforehand!)

We decided that roaming Venice without a map, and getting lost along its picturesque canals and quiet
backstreets, sounded like the perfect way to spend our day.

The self-proclaimed “most beautiful bookstore in the world” is composed of a number of over-stuffed rooms
stacked wall-to-wall with books, magazines, maps and other ephemera.
Due to Venice’s constant flooding however, these picturesque piles are all placed inside bathtubs, waterproof
bins, and in one room a full-size gondola.
The name itself even means “Book Store of High Water.” When the local waterways do rise to fill
the well-known store, it can rise inches off the floor, which would destroy any other collection. The store’s
whimsically cramped atmosphere is even reflectedin their “fire escape” which is simply a
door leading directly out into a canal.
To really complete the look, the store has become home to more than one stray cat which are also able
to escape the rising tides by hanging out atop the stacks.

We walked for a few miles, taking lots of photos and stopping into stores, until our feet couldn’t take it anymore.
That’s when we knew it was lunchtime.
For lunch, we opted for an ultra-budget-friendly place that’s delicious and convenient. What does that mean?
Well, there’s a tiny place called Dal Moro’s, which serves fresh, handmade pasta to order, in a to-go box.

After lunch, can you guess what we did next?
Yep, we continued roaming.
And we probably got some gelato shortly thereafter.
No, not probably.


I tried to choose the  “best”photos, but you can visit my
instagram profile @gikovatea to see the rest of them.

With love,