How many times did we hear that wandering with no specific destination is the best way to visit a city? I don’t agree totally with this idea but it is incredibly true when it comes to Venice.
I am very ashamed of saying that, although being Italian and leaving in Milan, my last trip to Venice about a month ago was my first time ever in this wonderful city! Weird isn’t it?
Anyway I planned this short trip with a friend of mine and we enjoyed an incredible weekend there: we felt like kids taking pictures at every corner and being amazed at everything we saw. I still can’t believe that I didn’t visit this place before! Exception made for the biggest touristic areas like San Marco cathedral or Rialto Bridge we walked with a precise goal, but for the rest of the weekend we just wandered in the little streets (calles) and canals until we got lost a couple of times but it was absolutely worthy!
We discovered new corners of Venice, we ate great Venetian food and we madly fell in love with this town…I truly find it quite hard to describe it with words!
We spent the first day like real tourists around San Marco, the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs (absolute must-see) but we also made some time to visit museums like the incredible Palazzo Fortuny, where we found among others an incredible exhibit on Henriette Fortuny, or the amazing Peggy Guggenheim Collection (another must-see, not only for the incredible pieces of Picasso, Pollock, Mirò, Magritte, Kandinsky and many others but also for the incredible architectural space, especially the internal court, and the wonderful view on the Laguna). On Sunday morning we enjoyed a great visit at the Gallery of Modern Art Ca’ Pesaro and some more Venice wandering (and eating!) in town. Unfortunately the Fondazione Prada was still closed but if you are around in spring-summer make sure to have a visit (it is just near Ca’ Pesaro).
One address for eating: Osteria alla Vedova in Cannaregio, one of the best restaurants we tried! The food is great and you can try typical Venetian food like their amazing white polenta. It is a place with history, much loved from the locals, very warm and welcoming!
One address for vintage shopping: my friend Federica’s L’Armadio di Coco vintage shops (one in Campo Santa Maria Nova in Cannaregio and one in Campo Santa Maria del Giglio…there is also a third one in Mestre, just in case!): I loved both the shops and they are really mind-blowing for vintage lovers! They focus on different styles but Federica is adorable and she has a great selection of pre-loved vintage pieces and incredibly rare designer pieces especially in her second shop!
Venice doesn’t have a “vintage shop” culture even if it is very vintage! One of the interesting things that I found out while wandering is also a very tiny and lovely second-hand shop in calle Priuli. Moreover, if you visit on specific dates you may find some interesting vintage and antiques pieces at Campo San Maurizio a traditional vintage and antiques market.
(I wore Max&Co coat, Vivienne Westwwod boots, Valentino sunglasses, Miu Miu bag, Maison Momonì scarf, Acne Studios jeans)