Weekends away..24 hours in Venice

There comes a certain point in mommy-hood when you start to feel like you are in serious need of a little R&R. (for my Italian readers that means rest and relaxation) R&R as in sleeping past 6.45am, as in not waking up during the night, as in.. no kids. Organizing time away is not easy when grandpa and grandma live on the other side of the world, so when my mom told me she was planning to come to visit for 3 weeks, I started to plan our escape. (S-man and I that is..)

We thought about London, then Paris, and even looked at hotels in Amsterdam. In the end we decided to go to a place not new to either of us, yet a place that remains one of the most romantic and beautiful places in Italy to visit.. Venice.

We decided to stay at a small bed&breakfast that a friend of ours just opened. I called her up and told we needed a room, that it was a special weekend, we were without kids, right before hanging up I said  ‘see you in a couple of days!’ and these words, these 7 words, well..these were my last famous words. What I didn’t know is our friend owns several B&B’s, two in Venice, a well as one in Levanto which is on the Mediterranean coast of Italy..where she lives.  So while we were in front of the B&B in Venice she was in front of the one in Levanto asking me ‘ma dove SIETE? non vi vedo?'(where are you I don’t see you) and that is how we started our little weekend.

Fortunately for me S-man, who in similar situations has been known to quite seriously lose his cool, was totally not making a big deal about it. (and I’m quite sure it sort of has something to do with the fact he had no idea I booked a place without actually ever saying the name of the city to which we were going..) Instead of worrying about where we going to sleep, we went to have lunch on the terrace of Hotel Monaco which of course is the ultimate place to go have lunch if you are in Venice. The terrace overlooks the Grand Canal with exceptional views of Punta della Dogana, as well as the magnificent domes of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

We went back to our NON hotel, to find out what was going on and fortunately they found us a room. Right next to the bar. 

We spent the next 24 hours eating, drinking and seeing as much as our limited amount of time allowed. We went to dinner at a place called Trattoria Antiche Carampana, recommended by friends of ours who have a small apartment in Venice and had the most amazing dinner.

After dinner on the Rialto bridge.

By the time we got back to our room we had been awake since 7am and had been walking around for roughly 10 hours. We fell fast asleep to the clinking and clanking of bar sounds. The next morning we were up early. We went to my favorite place – the Peggy Guggenheim, to see her incredible collection of modern art. Afterwards we went to the Punta della Dogana, which was recently bought and restored by Francois Pinault. Apart from the incredibly unique position of the building the architecture is truly worth seeing, as it is the work of Tadao Ando, the winner of the 1995 Pritzker Prize.(which is like a nobel for architects)

The exhibition is called ‘in praise of doubt’. Which is, um,.. definitely something..

Boy with Frog, Charles Ray - Punta della Dogana.

About Cassidy_S

My name is Cassidy, I live in Northern Italy with my husband and 2 kids. When I first arrived to Italy the only thing I was sure of was that I wanted to live in this country, a country that is not known for its organization but is more beautiful than you can imagine!
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2 Responses to Weekends away..24 hours in Venice

  1. restlessjo says:

    Hi Grace, yes I most certainly can imagine how lovely it is, having spent many holidays in Italy when our son was small. We’ve fallen in love with Portugal since then, and like Vicky (whose nomination I found you from- congrats!) I have Polish family. Still I never forget my love for Italy and La Serenissima. Nice to meet you.

    • Hi Johanna, thank you for taking time to read my blog!I have traveled to many places, however I have never been to Portugal!
      Italy is beautiful, there are many things to fall in love with, one of them being that it is so central, just 2 hours by car and your in another country!
      in america you don’t even get out of your back yard in 2 hours!! nice to meet you. Grace

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