Visual Diary: Venice

Rising from the waters of Venice Lagoon is the Italian city of Venezia or Venice, a legendary city that’s one of a kind.

After being on my bucket list forever, Rob and I found an awesome deal for an Italy highlights trip. So we took that as the perfect opportunity to visit!

Italy was my first-ever destination in Europe so I was obviously very excited.

However, since I had only been at my new job for only 6 months at the time, I didn’t want to take more than 5 days off. Thus, a short trip seemed like the perfect choice for us. We did 5 weekdays and 2 full weekends, which made for a total of 9 days in Italy.

We both flew into Rome–Rob flew in from the US and I flew in from the Philippines. And this is how we planned out our CRAZY 9-day itinerary: 

Rome > Naples > Sorrento > Capri > Pompeii > Naples > Milan >
Venice > Florence > Pisa > Assisi > back to Rome

We’ll share more about the other cities some other time. For now, I’ve got Venice on my mind. Once the world’s largest port, Venezia, exudes such elegance and charm, no wonder it is always filled with many admirers.

Riding a gondola on the Grand Canal was a one-of-a-kind experience. We almost skipped on it because we thought it was too expensive. But I’m glad we reconsidered by sharing the gondola with another couple. This way we were able to afford the gondola and we even got a bonus serenade to boot!

I’m still at a loss for words sometimes when people ask me to describe Venice. What I’d rather do is to encourage them to visit it and see for themselves.

In a world where cities start to look the same, Venice is a city that continues to bask in its uniqueness and manages to stand out.

See our gallery below for more of our Venetian adventure.

– Joli

Fun fact: We love every place we’ve been to… But I get so excited about Europe trips more than Rob does. And Rob gets more excited about Asia trips than I do. This is obviously a result of our different backgrounds — I’ve seen a lot of Asia, so I want to see more of Europe. While Rob has seen plenty of European influence in the US and wants to see more of Asia. – Joli


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  3. Francesca Murray

    I love Venice so much! Can you believe I’ve been multiple times and haven’t been on a gondola? Just another reason to go back I guess! That’s a pretty crazy itinerary but hey – you only live once! Why not see as much as you can?

  4. Thomas

    Awesome! I was there last summer and the free tours are the best! Also just take the ferry as it is onle 12 euro per person and you can see whole Venice. Much cheaper then the 80 euro Gondola ride!

  5. Cathy

    I can imagine the same feeling when I first step in Europe next year! haha I haven’t been so I am also feeling mighty excited! How beautiful, isn’t it? A visual diary is a good idea, Venice looks so gorgeous! The Grand Canal is a must!

  6. Siddhartha Joshi

    Your pictures are so beautiful…makes me want to revisit Venice 🙂

    We also skipped the Gandola ride, but I think what you did was smart…finding another couple – this will be my strategy next time. Plus the pictures from the Gandola would be beautiful too…

  7. Claudia

    Venice is Venice, unique unto itself. I’ve enjoyed several visits, even in the height of a stifling August, and I still saw new things in this incredible place. I’m glad that Venice made such an impression upon you too!

  8. Medha Verma

    Venice is gorgeous, although I’ve heard a lot of people do not like it because they think it is ‘dirty’ and ‘crowded’. Personally I loved it. Good idea to share the gondola with another couple, they do price them ridiculously considering that its the one thing everyone wants to do in Venice. Love your pictures!

  9. Christine

    This is so romantic! And I had my first gondola ride in Venetian Palace in Macau. Not the original but worked that time haha. And saving this for my next birthday! Good timing as I’m planning to celebrate my bday in Italy next year.

  10. Meg Jerrard

    You got beautiful shots from your time in Venice – especially the view of the rooftops from the St Mark’s Campanile. And so glad you got to take a Gondola ride – yes, they’re so expensive aren’t they! The tourist inflation I’m sure! Clever idea splitting it with another couple though – love your photos!

  11. Kerri

    I’m one for doing a lot in a short time but wow this is a lot of major cities in such a short time. I hope you get the chance to go back and eke more out of them as they are all epic locations with so much to see. The Grand Canal is definitely something that you should do when in Venice….such a quintessential travel moment.

  12. Kim-Ling

    Wow! That is a full-on itinerary! We’ve done Rome, Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii, Milan, Venice, Florence and Pisa, but on separate trips over many years. I bet it must have been exhausting! We actually had our honeymoon in Venice, so it holds a special place in my heart too. We also shared a ‘romantic’ gondola ride, but had to share it with another couple, so it wasn’t so romantic! :p Seeing your collection has brought back wonderful memories, thank you! It’s also made me want to go back and explore it again!

  13. Indrani

    Venice was my first destination in Europe. Your pics took me down the memory lane. I am itching to go again, this time I will do the Gondola ride.

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