I have been lucky to visit this jewel of a city twice this year. It takes your breath away every time and you always find new spots to hang out in. Everything from gondolas to squid ink pasta to cuttlefish ravioli to millions of churches is pretty much outstanding. Go before it sinks!
This is such a stunning hotel and it is pretty famous for many reasons, mostly recently for George Clooney's wedding. It does not disappoint with it's gorgeous gardens filled with herbs and edible flowers that the restaurant use in their cooking. I loved the way the food for lunch was simple and classic but extremely good quality. I had a tasty aubergine tomato dish with a local cheese and a cod carpaccio which was out-of-this-world. You have to go and see the swimming pool and enjoy one of Walter (the barman's) iconic cocktails. We were lucky enough to try the new one that he has created with George Clooney himself called 'Nina's Passion'. It is a delicious elderflower liquor and champagne based drink with fresh passion fruit and micro herbs of fennel and sage flowers that is dedicated to Clooney's mother. Delightful!
Giudecca, 10, 30133 Venezia, Italy
+39 041 240801
This was the ultimate ice cream experience! The gelato is presented neatly in perfect little glasses with equally cute cappuccinos to match. Nico is famous for the 'gianduitto' which is what I'm devouring in the photo. It's a beautiful combination of chocolate hazelnut gelato (gianduia) with whipped cream and it's dreamy! Even more wonderful that you get to lick away while watching all the boats go by in the port.
Fondamenta Zattere al Ponte Longo, 922, 30121 Venezia, Italy
+39 041 522 5293
Rialto Food Market
This is one of the best markets I've been too! They have the most amazing quality vegetables and seafood. I literally wanted to buy everything in sight and bring it back home to my kitchen. The range of vegetables was insane! They had castlefranco lettuce, puntarelle, peeled globe artichokes, stunning cherries and apricots. This is where tourists come to see an Italian market but there are also many locals who come to do their grocery shop. We were staying at Ca'sagredo and so could catch the gondola across the water for €2 to the market side. It's worth going even if you only can buy some fruit for your journey home.
Campo della Pescheria, 30125 San Polo, Venezia VE, Italy
+39 041 274 7981
Ca'Sagredo Hotel and Terrace
This hotel is true Venice! It is situated bang in the middle of the town by the Grand Canal and opposite the Rialto food market. I was staying here while I was in Venice and it is usually used for wedding venues as it is just so beautiful. The interiors are dark Venetian wood but with amazing light pink panelling on the walls. It is worth having a look round it's grand dinning rooms and staircases before sitting down to a dinner on the terrace overlooking the water. They also have a cute bar and terrace on the top floor where you can enjoy a cracking peach bellini (pictured).
Campo Santa Sofia, 4198/99, 30121 Venezia, Italy
+39 041 241 3111
Osteria Da Rioba
I went here for lunch just after arriving from the plane and it was the perfect meal to get me into the swing of things. Ask for a seat on the terrace to watch the gondolas go by or the interiors at nighttime are also quite cool. The service was excellent and you can find all of the usually Venetian favourites. I had a yummy pasta with green beans and clams.
Fondamenta della Misericordia Sestiere Cannaregio, 2553, 30121 Sestiere Cannaregio, Venezia VE, Italy
+39 041 524 4379
I sadly didn't get a chance to go to this restaurant but I will make it back one day. I have included it because my Italian God father, Tealdo recommended it to me and he knows his food. The photos look totally insane of these incredible looking pizza bowls stuffed with seafood and pasta. It really does have a lovely rustic Venetian feel to it! Go if you get the chance! Bene!
Sestiere San Polo, 2343, 2343, 30125 Venezia, Italy
+39 041 717338
Harry's Bar is where the peach Bellini was born and although the lighting is a bit stark and I felt like we were in a submarine I liked the waiter's slick outfits. The Americano with vermouth, soda water and Campari is also multo buono ! Grazie Harri!
Calle Vallaresso, 1323, 30124 San Marco, Venezia VE, Italy
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Last and by no means least! This was such a stunning collection of surrealist, impressionist and cubist paintings and sculptures set in a gorgeous white building overlooking the Grand Canal. Peggy knew her stuff and if you manage to go to one gallery this should be it!
Dorsoduro, 701-704, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy