The next morning (Sept. 15) we woke up early in Amsterdam and headed to the airport to catch a flight down to Venice! Easy, quick flight and we landed at 10:45 a.m. This was my third trip to Venice (first trip was with my parents, second trip was with my study abroad friends) and I was so happy to be back in Italy! (I'm half Italian and studied abroad in Rome so Italy is very dear to me and I was so happy to be back in the motherland).
"You may have the world if I can have Italy"
We landed at the airport, took a vaparetto into the city and by a stroke of luck found our hotel (in all my planning I neglected to write down the address - not my smartest move)! Our hotel was in a great location right off of a vaparetto stop at the Grand Canal so it made getting around really easy.
Our first stop was to show Nick St. Mark's Square. We decided to tour the Basilica later but I at least had to show him the square.
hanging out in St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Basilica
We dropped off our bags and once again hit the streets in search of food. We found some delicious sandwiches and then made our way to La Boutique del Gelato. I did lots of food research for the trip and this is supposedly the best gelato in the city - we certainly thought it was good.
strawberry + chocolate gelato
We did a little more walking around the city and then stopped at a bar for some more coffee (still had a tiny bit of jetlag). We then headed back to the hotel where even after the coffee I was in need of a nap.
After a nap I felt much better and we headed out to dinner. We then went to dinner at a place called Ristorante Accademia Foscarini on the canal right at the foot of the Accademia bridge. It was a pretty touristy place, but it was really fun to eat right on the canal.
view from our dinner table
our dinner spot
Perfect way to end our first day in Venice! We spent the rest of the evening strolling around the San Marco district, taking pictures and enjoying the lovely city.