From the restful vibes of Lake Como to something all together different!
We’ve only been in Venice for three days but have managed to cram so much in to our short time here. It is busy (SO busy!) and hot and full of bustle. The kids have been brilliant – we’ve walked miles in the heat with very little complaining – and they’ve really embraced all that the city has thrown at them (standing up on 65 different modes of public transport per day included! 😉 )
We left Lierna on Tuesday and headed the two hour journey by road to Verona. We’ve been reading a really simple version of Romeo and Juliet together and they’ve recently been at a Shakespeare themed Summer scheme too, so they could probably tell you the story better than I could! :). (As a side note, for younger children Gnomeo and Juliet is brilliant too, to get the basics. Annie loved it in particular!)
We had planned to see Juliet’s house and grab some lunch before heading on and the whole morning worked out just as we’d planned. I was a bit smitten with Verona’s beautiful city centre and chilled out vibe. It’s somewhere I’ve definitely bookmarked to go back to for a longer visit!
If you’ve been following for a while you’ll maybe remember me mentioning the travel scrapbooks that I put together for the kids before we came away. Honestly, they have been the best thing and all three of the kids have been really involved in filling them in and taking pictures. In Verona they had to find Juliet’s house using a simple little map and a translation of a few Italian words, then take a picture with her and write a love note too. It really warms my Mama heart to see them so enthusiastic about these sorts of things. I can’t tell you how many disasters I’ve had with similar things in the past! Ha!
Juliet’s balcony and tasty rewards for completing their books! If they remember nothing else about this trip it’ll always be embedded in there how to ask for Stracciatella in a Gelateria! 🙂
We arrived in Venice at about tea time and dropped our luggage at our Air BnB before heading out. We’ve been staying in Mestre, a city just across the lagoon and connected by a causeway. Initially I felt that we were really far out but we’ve become totally au fait with the bus and boat routes in the past few days and the kids even know now to look for the Line 2 bus. The journey to Venice itself takes about twenty minutes and costs around three euros return per person. The vaperetto service is not cheap here (around seven euros fifty for a 75 minute ticket) so the key is to walk as much as possible when on the island. In any case, Venice is best discovered on foot I think, and the boats can be extremely crowded and stuffy.
A million little streets and bridges to explore, a million photos of the exploring! 😉
We had coffee in this gorgeous square this morning and the kids were loving playing near the water tap (a tap or fountain can be found in almost every Piazza in Venice, handy in the mid day heat!). It really felt like one of those proper holiday travel moments and made me very nostalgic for our travels in Italy pre-kids too!
We visited Burano today and it was so pretty that it totally deserves a post entirely of its own, so I’ll leave that for another day!
We’ve the long drive back into France tomorrow but are planning on breaking it up with a quick stop at Lake Garda and then Milan too, if we can squeeze it in! We’ve had the best road trip so far but are all utterly exhausted too. It’s intense in the cities in particular, and a week at the sea and in the mountains will be very much welcomed.
I’ll keep you posted on our journey!
Hope you’re having a lovely week friends!