Venice...La Serenissima

 The always beautiful Venice.

The always beautiful Venice.

As I start to prepare for my upcoming summer vacation to Italy there are many things that I am looking forward to and getting excited about. Our first stop will be for five days in Venice. Also known as La Serenissima (from its title of Most Serene Republic of Venice), Venice is one of the most unique cities I have ever had the good fortune to visit. With no car traffic, intertwining canals crossed by small bridges, cobblestone calle and hundreds of years worth of art and history, Venice has much to offer any visitor landing on her shores.

Whether you only go for a couple of days and decide to wander the small calle while getting lost and stopping for a spritz or two along the way, or you make a week out of it and visit many of the amazing museums that the city has to offer, it will be the experience of a lifetime! 

A stop on one of the many little islands in the lagoon would be an enjoyable side trip as well, whether it be Murano for the glass blowing or Burano for the lace and colorful houses.

Is Venice very touristy? Yes and even more so depending on the time of year you visit. However, as with any touristy city, all it takes is a little exploration off the beaten path in order to discover and experience some of the lesser known jewels that these cities have to offer.

If you want to hear more about my trip to Venice and all the other Italian stops we'll be making during our Italy Summer Extravaganza 2016, keep checking back as I will be blogging live from Italy starting July 14th, when we land in Venice. I'll try to give you a flavor of the cities, food and local customs as my family and I experience them first hand.