We snuck away to Venice for the weekend. I have always thought of Venice as cheesy and tourist mobbed and I never had the urge to go, not until I read this book: (A Thousand Days in Venice) about 5 years ago.
By the time I had finished the book, I knew I had to go. And I needed to be savvy and plan an off the beaten track trip, because that is where all the romance is.
We were in Milan for our house hunting trip, the kids safely at home in Idaho with grammy- so it was a perfect time to make a little weekend getaway before I headed back home and Chris went back to work.
Our 20th wedding anniversary is coming up in May, but with the upcoming move and all the end of school craziness we knew it would be too busy to do anything big and celebratory close to our actual anniversary- this was our moment and we grabbed it!
After much angst and research, I picked Sandra B&B, in the Cannaregio district.
It was perfect for us. It was in a beautiful quiet neighborhood, definitely off the beaten track. Sandra and her husband were gracious hosts, welcoming us, helping us get settled in the large and cozy attic room. (I loved the attic room because it has a beamed ceiling, several sitting areas, and it’s own rooftop patio with views to die for!)
During the day we wandered, finding beautiful art, churches, piazzas and picture perfect quiet canals.
We didn’t need to wander far for dinner, Sandra recommended 2 places to us our first night there. (Rioba and Osteria L’Orto dei Mori) We tried and loved them both but we loved Rioba so much we went back to it again our last night.
We barely scratched the surface during our long weekend in Venice. While there are many tourist filled areas- our favorite times were found getting away from the crowds, making it easy to lose ourselves in the magic of Venice.
“Getting lost is the only place worth going to.”
― Tiziano Scarpa