Last month, Sam and I travelled to Italy to see Venice, Florence and Rome. We hadn't been before and I wasn't prepared for how beautiful the cities are. I thought I'd share a photo diary of Venice, which is just stunning!
The day we got there was the Festa del Redentore - a religious feast which included a huge party! There were enormous super-yachts in the bay and every boat was covered in lights and blaring out music! At 11pm there were fireworks for an hour! It was a spectacular celebration of our first day on holiday.
We went out to dinner and explored the bridges on the way to the bay. I had selected an entire Italian themed wardrobe for the holiday, mainly based on The Talented Mr Ripley! This included dressing my boyfriend who is always game for my fashion experiments. The first dress was from Great Plains (the grown-up sister company of French Connection) who have dresses for every summer occasion. This stripy dress was made of a waffle fabric and super-cool for the hot weather, but really practical for layering up on the plane home.
We had a lovely evening out, and I finally tried spaghetti with clams! Very brave for me and it was delicious.
The second day was for some hard core exploring. We walked for miles around Venice, visiting St Mark's Square and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection which I loved.
My day outfit was a white sleeveless shirt from ASOS and a stripy skirt from New Look. I added a floppy hat, big cat eye sunglasses from M&S, and my faithful Cambridge Satchel Company Cloud bag
I'd really recommend going to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, for the art, the views over the Grand Canal and the lovely winding walk Google Maps takes you on
That evening, it was a quick outfit change into this ASOS spotty dress for pasta by the lagoon and super-yachts. Sadly nobody let me on one to party with them
We then went for a nighttime walk around St Mark's square and watched bands playing in the dusk to everyone. It was really magical - especially after sharing a bottle of Prosecco in our AirBnB flat!
Overall Venice was beautiful. Three days was all we needed, and I wished we'd spent more time in Florence, but I would really recommend going there and walking until your feet fall apart like mine did! Remember to pack plasters!
Our AirBnB was lovely - Venice is tiny so renting a flat in a non-tourist place is a really peaceful way of visiting the island but without being too far from the action. It was great fun putting on music, drinking bottles of prosecco and eating snacks while we got ready each evening!