Venice is a fabulous place to completely lose yourself in and is the perfect getaway I could imagine for this weekend. I was there for only a day and my plans were delayed a bit because of a summer rainstorm, but it really was one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It made me realize that boats are a much sexier mode of transportation than cars. Don’t even bother trying to use a map; the best way to explore the city is to just get lost. Check out my to-do list after the jump. File under go before it disappears.
- Harry’s Bar- Although it’s a chain, this bar is the real deal. Their beef carpaccio and bellinis (that’s peach and champagne) may be expensive but they claim to be the original and are well worth the trip.
- Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana- These two modern art museums are a nice break from all the other classical art museums throughout the city. Both have pieces by Takashi Murakami (one of my personal favorites) as well as other interesting works from the personal collection of Francois Pinault, the CEO of PPR (best known for their ownership of the Gucci Group, YSL, Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen).
A picture I snapped of one of the many Murakami pieces.
- Shopping on way to St. Marks Square- Wind your way through the twisting sidewalks of this city and be pleasantly surprised by all the top Italian designers around each corner as well as some of the best quality leather shops. At the end of the maze lies the breathtaking St. Marks Square. Stop for some gelato and enjoy the view.
- Hotel Monaco- Some of the best spaghetti I had in Italy was at this hotel right up against the Grand Canal. Its vibe is totally old world, romantic and you can catch a boat right from the table.
- Speedboat ride down the Grand Canal- Gondolas are so not glamorous. Choose a speedboat instead for a smooth ride down the canal so you don’t miss your train out.
[Images via: My personal files]