• Gagan Kaur

Top 3 Venice Highlights

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

Hello to all the beautiful people reading my post! What a wild couple of weeks it has been. For those of you following me on Instagram, you know I recently did a mini Europe trip with EF Ultimate Break! While I visited Italy, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland on this trip, in this post, I'll be talking about just some of the places I think are worth visiting when in Venice, Italy.

Libreria Acqua Alta

Venice is made up of 118 islands and connected by over 400 bridges. Long story short, you are surrounded by water and the only way to keep books safe is to let them float and that's exactly what Libreria Acqua Alta did. "Libreria" means "bookstore" and "Acqua Alta" means "high waters", the name meaning "bookstore of high waters" because of the constant state of flooding Venice experiences. The bookstore itself made up of canoes, bathtubs and waterproof containers filled with used and brand new books for sale. Alongside the unique aesthetic of disengaged books, there were cats everywhere! Which explained why a lot of the stationery and souvenirs were cat-themed. Overall, this was a charming find and would highly recommend visiting this hidden gem.

Caffè Florian

Caffè Florian is the oldest cafe in Venice and the second oldest in the world, the first being in Paris called Café Le Procope! It was also the first cafe to admit women during its time. The cafe is located in heart of St. Mark's Square, but blends in well with the neighboring shops. My sister and I visited the cafe and once we entered we were greeted with a warm smile and told to grab a seat anywhere. Once seated, we proceeded to order two cappuccinos and a Sacher Florian, which were both heavenly. Elegant furniture, extravagant artwork, and lavish architecture surrounded us as we enjoyed our dessert and espresso. If you are on a budget, I would avoid Caffè Florian because of the rather lofty prices. Overall, I enjoyed my experience and am glad I got to spend some time in a place filled with so much history.

Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge, dated back 500 years, is the oldest bridge in Venice, Italy. The Grand Canal, a major waterway in Venice flows directly under this bridge. The Rialto is a must-see attraction when one visits Venice, as it's a very popular photo location so it does get busy any time of the day! The bridge features a breathtaking view of the Grand Canal at an elevated height and a great opportunity for a photo op. The bridge is essentially the heart of Venice, where people can shop, drink, eat, and enjoy the views of the Grand Canal.

Venice, filled with charm, beauty, and rich with history will always be one of my favorite cities in the world! I will definitely be going back in the near future to explore more bridges and eat more pasta. Make sure to tag me on Instagram if you visit one of my recommended locations in Venice. Comment down below to let me know what you thought about this post.

sincerely, gagan

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