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!


Venice, Italy


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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!


Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (4)Italy really has amazing scenic views on their highways! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (5) The first evening in Venice we went on our first excursion–a Seafood dinner and seeing the city by night! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (6)My man, looking like a model. Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (7) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (8)My first views of Venice were at golden-hour, so you know I was in heaven! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (9)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (10) Golden-hour in Venice… Magic. Thanks for this photo, Alexa SedgeVenice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (11) Simply breathtaking. Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (12)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (13) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (14) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (15)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (16) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (17) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (18)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (19) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (20) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (21)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (22) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (23) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (24)Because romantic photos in Venice are a must! Thanks again, Alexa! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (25) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (26) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (27)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (28) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (29) I love that birds were constantly flying into my shots! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (30)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (31) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (32) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (33)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (34) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (35) So amazing! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (36)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (37)We ended our evening in Venice with a 4-course seafood dinner! It was amazing! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (38)


Day Two in Venice


Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (40)The next morning we left bright and early back to Venice.
Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (42)The city looks so different in the morning.Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (43) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (44) Take me back! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (45)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (46) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (47) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (48)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (49) Then it was time for our gondola ride! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (50)Our gondolier!
Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (51)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (52) Thanks for these photos Dave!Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (53) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (54)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (55) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (56) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (57)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (58) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (59) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (60)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (61) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (62) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (63)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (64) I turned this next photo into a canvas for my house and I find myself staring at it often. Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (65) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (66)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (67) This one is a canvas too! Love this one so much! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (68) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (69)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (70) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (71) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (72)Thanks for this quick photo random stranger! 😉 Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (73) Then we had a quick and delightful lunch in this spot! One of my favorite moments in Venice. Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (74) Eating delicious Italian sandwiches as we watched the gondolas passing by… perfection.Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (75)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (76) My happy place. Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (77)After lunch, we found this spot. I saw the light and it stopped me in my tracks!
Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (78)Naturally, we took way too many photos! 😉Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (79) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (80) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (81)New favorite photos of my handsome hubby! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (82) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (83) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (84)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (85) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (86) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (87)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (88) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (89) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (90)Always carrying my bag… my hero. Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (91) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (92) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (93)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (94) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (95) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (96)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (97) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (98) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (99)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (100) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (101) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (102)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (103) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (104) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (105)Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (107) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (108)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! 😉Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (106)


Burano, Italy


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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.


Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (109) Views from the boat as we approached Burano! Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (110) Venice, Italy Photography | Venezia & Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography (111) Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography We just had to get dessert in Burano after having lunch in Venice. 😉 Mint chip and dark chocolate, of course. Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography We miss gelato so much. Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Those Burano colors.
Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography One of my favorite photos! I just love the soft pastel colors in this next photo. Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography  Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Then we said goodbye to Burano and headed back to Venice to pick up the rest of our group. Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography Burano, Italy Photography | Burano, Italy | Crystal Bolin Photography 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!! 


Assisi, 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!


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Basilica Papale di San Francesco d’Assisi

Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (5)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!)
Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (4)Such a wild, fun bunch! Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (3)Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (6)Thank you for these photos, Ed Mansell!Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (7)Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (13) That’s Molly on the bottom of the next photo with her arms up! Miss you Molly!! Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (8) This view was spectacular! Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (9)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! 🙂Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (14)Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (10) Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (11)Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (12)Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (15)Next stop, our last gelato in Italy! 🙁 Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (16)

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. 😉

Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (17) Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (18)Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (19) Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (20) Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (21)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. Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (22) Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (23)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!  Assisi, Italy Photography | Italy Travel Photographer | Crystal Bolin Photography (24)

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!

Rome

Orvieto & Siena

San Gimignano, Greve & Lucca

Florence & Pisa

 

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