Italy Part V: Venice, Burano & Assisi
The last few cities that wrapped up our trip to Italy were breathtaking, to say the least! The best was definitely saved for last! Burano, the colorful island. Assisi, humble yet grand. Venice, pure, glorious magic. Italy really treated us wonderfully and we can’t wait to be back!
Our final few days in Italy were spent in some of Italy’s most unique and gorgeous areas. After leaving the Tuscany area we began to make our way toward Venice. VENICE! One of the main places in Italy I had always dreamt of visiting! I couldn’t wait to walk down the streets, to see a gondola and take way too many photos! This was the place I took the most photos and we were only there for about 8 hours total! Venice was captivating. The time we had there wasn’t nearly enough but the time that we did have was amazing!
Italy really has amazing scenic views on their highways! The first evening in Venice we went on our first excursion–a Seafood dinner and seeing the city by night! My man, looking like a model. My first views of Venice were at golden-hour, so you know I was in heaven! Golden-hour in Venice… Magic. Thanks for this photo, Alexa Sedge! Simply breathtaking. Because romantic photos in Venice are a must! Thanks again, Alexa! I love that birds were constantly flying into my shots! So amazing! We ended our evening in Venice with a 4-course seafood dinner! It was amazing!
Day Two in Venice
The next morning we left bright and early back to Venice.
The city looks so different in the morning. Take me back! Then it was time for our gondola ride! Our gondolier!
Thanks for these photos Dave! I turned this next photo into a canvas for my house and I find myself staring at it often. This one is a canvas too! Love this one so much! Thanks for this quick photo random stranger! 😉 Then we had a quick and delightful lunch in this spot! One of my favorite moments in Venice. Eating delicious Italian sandwiches as we watched the gondolas passing by… perfection. My happy place. After lunch, we found this spot. I saw the light and it stopped me in my tracks!
Naturally, we took way too many photos! 😉 New favorite photos of my handsome hubby! Always carrying my bag… my hero. And just like that our time in Venice came to a very sad end. We boarded a boat to Burano. But the small island was just as unique and alive… so that distracted me for a bit! 😉
Where do I begin with Burano? This colorful little island was filled with charm, history and so much color! After our 45-minute scenic boat ride from Venice, we arrived in Burano! As soon as we stepped foot on the island my eyes were fascinated by the colors. Naturally, it began to lightly rain and continued the entire time we were there!
At first, I was annoyed. But after walking around in the rain for a few minutes I began to notice that the vividly colored buildings seemed to pop off the gray sky even brighter. So that was the day I really tested out my camera’s weather seal (it held up perfectly)!
Later, when I saw the photos, I realized I couldn’t have asked for better weather! The rain made this city sparkle. Puddles on the floor reflected the vivid colors surrounding them! Plus, the light was evenly dispersed over the entire city and umbrellas popped up everywhere, adding only more color. It was magical.
Views from the boat as we approached Burano! We just had to get dessert in Burano after having lunch in Venice. 😉 Mint chip and dark chocolate, of course. We miss gelato so much. Those Burano colors.
One of my favorite photos! I just love the soft pastel colors in this next photo. Then we said goodbye to Burano and headed back to Venice to pick up the rest of our group. We said goodbye to Venice from the boat. So sad. Then the next morning we were off! We headed South West to Assisi. Fields of yellow flowers and cappuccinos make my heart so happy. I can almost still taste it. The views on our drive to Assisi were breathtaking! Take me back to ITALY!!
Easter Sunday was mostly spent traveling back to Roma but during this very scenic travel day we had one more city to visit–Assisi! This little city was filled with charm and gorgeous sights. Although we spent more of our time there shopping and eating, we loved everything we saw!
Basilica Papale di San Francesco d’Assisi
So thankful Dave, Alexa & I were able to orchestrate this group photo; I brought my tripod and wireless remote. After a few minutes, we had everyone set up! It’s not perfect but it’s a photo with everyone we had an amazing time with! We made such great friends with everyone on this trip! I can now say I have friends in Canada, South Africa & New Zealand (just to name a few!)
Such a wild, fun bunch! Thank you for these photos, Ed Mansell! That’s Molly on the bottom of the next photo with her arms up! Miss you Molly!! This view was spectacular! Jill & Ron and Janelle & Dave, friends that live in different states back home but met in Italy to share a vacation together! #GOALS Thanks guys for sharing a gondola with us in Venice! 🙂 Next stop, our last gelato in Italy! 🙁
Andrew went with yummy flavors like chocolate and Biscotti (which I just had to taste, and it was amazing) and I went with something other than chocolate and coconut or mint for once and really regretted it! I got lemon and strawberry! WHY?? Oh well, it looked really pretty. 😉
Andrew was the smart one who got pizza before we left Assisi… I was too distracted to eat, making that the second thing to regret. Then we arrived back in Rome and shared one last evening with our friends! And we prepared for our bittersweet early morning flight back home!
Saying goodbye to Italy wasn’t goodbye. It was, see ya later, Italy! We will be back! 😉
SEE MORE FROM OUR TRIP TO ITALY BY CLICKING THE NAMES OF THE CITIES BELOW!
Orvieto & Siena
San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca
Florence & Pisa