Venice is special. If you haven’t been, you have to go. I feel like you have to see it at least once… I mean, just check out my Venice postcard photos. When I was planning our honeymoon, I thought I might leave it off so we could focus on other areas, but I really couldn’t imagine not spending part of our honeymoon in Venice.
It rained most of the time we were there, which was a little bit of a downer just because I hate having cold and wet feet… but we didn’t let it get us down until the last night when we just went back to the hotel and ordered room service. (Tory Burch, your leather flats turned my feet purple that day.. and my toenail polish still has tinges of purple. #awkward)
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Honeymoon in Venice – Must Do:
First things first, you have to be okay with getting lost and just wandering. I’ve been three times and feel like I have a pretty good sense of the city. I still can’t always tell you where I have found things, so if you’re too type A, you might need to learn to let go a little. You can always get to the main areas (San Marco, Accademia, and Rialto) by following the yellow rectangular signs. You won’t ever be truly lost but following maps or hoping to rely on street names is futile. Embrace it.
Everything is mosaic. Everything is gold. You can’t even imagine until you see it… and even then, the sheer beauty of the gold mosaics are astounding. Just go. The line moves really quickly and it’s free. Worth it.
We did this our first evening in Venice, and it was fantastic! We explored the Dorsoduro neighborhood and finished up with a twilight gondola ride.
After our group gondola ride (where we didn’t get to sit together), I asked my sweet husband to take me on our own gondola ride. I had never done it before – and it was definitely special to share it with him! It’s a great way to see the city and the smaller canals from a different perspective – and our gondolier was very knowledgeable about the city and its history. Don’t forget to kiss under the Rialto Bridge… it’s tradition!
because…. it’s the Nasher. Duh. (Hi, I’m from Dallas.) And the Guggenheim is gorgeous, too. It has one of the best views of the Grand Canal that I’ve ever been able to experience. We did the audio guide. It was definitely worth it.
Honeymoon in Venice – Favorite Restaurant
Sit outside when the weather is nice. I’ve been going here since 2010. They make tasty food, the waitstaff is friendly, and the ambiance outside can’t be beat. It’s right across from the Hilton at the Zattere stop, so if you stay there, it’s an easy option for dinner. (I’ve stayed at the Hilton Venice twice. It’s a great option.)
Honeymoon in Venice – If You Have Time:
I have always admired the exterior of this building and you should definitely see it (and the Bridge of Sighs) – but if you’re pressed for time, I think you can skip the inside… though it is quite grand. We didn’t do an official tour – so maybe we would have gotten more out of it that way – but aside from the courtyard in the inside – there are far more breathtaking views throughout Venice.
This hotel was GREAT in a lot of ways and not so great in a few ways. I want to attribute most of it to new hotel growing pains.
Luca from the front desk was AMAZING. He was hilarious, good spirited, and really tried hard to make us comfortable. The shuttles ran frequently – we never had to wait for the shuttle to San Marco. The platinum arrival gift options were awesome and they let you pick your items and time of arrival. We opted for the meats and wine and really enjoyed it. The island is beautiful, though we didn’t really get to enjoy it because of the rain. The waiting area for the boat is covered and they have complimentary umbrellas for guests.
Our room was downgraded between 10:00am and our 3:00pm arrival. No one apologized or mentioned it. The person who checked us in was not very friendly and the credit card machine was down, so I had to find time to go down and have them preauthorize my card. Not a big issue, but it was a hassle to find a time when they weren’t too busy and we weren’t trying to get somewhere.
Despite the hotel being new construction, you can hear EVERYTHING in these rooms. It took me awhile to figure out that I kept hearing the water draining from the room above us. The shower in the bathroom also leaked all over the bathroom.
The night when the rain was too much, we tried to eat in one of the hotel restaurants, but they were completely full and basically told us it was too bad.
Lastly, the day we were leaving, we asked for a water taxi to the airport. They told us to be downstairs at 12:15. At 12:15 a taxi arrived, but they put another family in it. We kept waiting, waiting, waiting and when my husband asked, they said someone was coming. Finally, at 1:00, after asking more than a couple people, we finally got into a taxi. The worst part was that no one seemed concerned. We, however, did not know how far the airport was (it’s a pretty good schlep!) and were worried about missing our flight.
The good news is that these are all things that can be easily rectified, but as of right now, if I had to recommend between this hotel and the Hilton Molino Stucky, I think I’d tell you to go to the Hilton… and I’m a platinum member with Marriott.
Honeymoon in Venice – Updated Photos!
- We returned the following year in 2016 (and 2017 – twice!) – see more Venice photos from our 2016 adventure!! I’m still in love with this city and can’t wait to go back!! If you are at all thinking about a honeymoon in Venice, just do it!! You won’t be sorry!!
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