Venice was our third and last stop on our Lakes to Lagoon and Wine Italy trip Daniele Ceccato and I hosted in June. We stopped in Verona on the way to Venice and saw Juliet’s balcony and the Arena, a Roman amphitheater in Piazza Bra built in 30 AD among other sites before having lunch. Venice has special meaning for us as Daniele grew up 20-minutes outside of Venice (in Mirano) and it was also where we first met. It was great to share this fairytale dream destination with our group. Venice is unique as it is a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea made up of 118 small islands connected by canals and linked by bridges.
The highlights of Venice were cruising around by boat as there are no roads, just canals and “calli,” or streets, learning how to make Murano glass with Master Glass Blower Gabriele Urban at La Fornasotta in Murano while eating cicchetti's and drinking Prosecco arranged by Daniele's mom, Silvana, visiting Burano and its colorful houses, seeing the sites in Venice with Chiara Peluso and dinner in an apartment near San Mark's Square with an Italian chef. We stayed at Palazzo Stern, a boutique hotel filled with antiques, 15-minute walking distance to St. Mark’s Square. We loved eating on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal and the convenience of the hotel’s private dock where the water taxis brought us and picked us up.
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