While we were planning our trip to Europe, we knew Venice had to be on the list of places to go. We just couldn’t resist the charming city built entirely on water. We spent our days wandering the streets and getting as lost as possible, while stopping for gelato and pasta whenever we felt like it.
My favorite part of the trip was touring the Doge’s Palace and walking over the Bridge of Sighs. If you don’t know the history, the Bridge of Sighs was a bridge connecting the palace (with the judicial courts) to the prisons. When prisoners received their sentence they would cross over the bridge, which gave them one last look out at the beautiful city of Venice, and sigh before entering the prison. So that’s how it got it’s name!
We also got to visit the “most beautiful bookstore in the world” (according to the sign out front) which featured a gondola full of Italian novels and a stairway made of books!
During our time in Venice, we hopped on a short vaporetto bus to Italy’s most colorful (and most charming) island, Burano. Needless to say, it totally lived up to the hype. Exploring every corner and color of this island was such an awesome experience! If you are heading to Venice, I definitely recommend taking the time to explore Burano and Murano. 🙂