The best season to visit Italy in my opinion is spring.. temperatures are nice.. not too cold, not too hot, and of course, there are not too many tourists. We really wanted to avoid Easter at any cost so we went there in March and had a fabulous time.
For our first day, we decided to walk from our hotel located in Cannaregio to Piazza San Marco and happily got lost on the way.. there were so many lovely bridges and canals, and as expected, gondolas.
When we arrived on Saint-Marco square, it was really packed up with people and it was truly horrible. It was impossible to move. We managed to find a quiet place close the sea and the gondolas.. it was very pretty.
There was a professional photographer taking picture of a model over there, that was interesting to have a look at them!
After taking so many pictures of the gondolas, we decided to walks towards Santo Stefano and had lunch nearby. It was quite good –to be honest it’s difficult to eat badly in Italy– but I found the portions a bit small, so not the best value for our money. We then walked towards Santa Maria della Salute and had a gelato. That part of the city was much quieter and really nice to wander around.
We decided to give another go at Saint-Marco square, hoping that some of the crowds would have cleared up by that time but it was still packed. We then walked close to the beach towards the Castello, the biggest part of the city. No more tourists were packed there, only some locals and the little houses were gorgeous. We didn’t end up near Saint-Marco, we kind of got lost in this quiet and lovey part of the town, with colourful houses and laundry hanging outside. It was so iconic!!
We had dinner in a restaurant close to the sea , a set menu with spaghetti with seafood and a turbot dish with a venetian sauce.
It was dark when we got out and we walked back toward Rialto Bridge. It was in repair so not much to see over there. It was getting quite late and all the shops were closing down so we went back to our hotel and called it a day.