One of the most amazing parts about living in Italy has been being able to take a short train ride for a day in Venice. We love it and still find it as magical as the first time we visited this floating city, though we get lost a lot less frequently these days. This weekend my family decided to take such a day for ourselves to enjoy each other’s company while in one of the most amazing places on the planet. Here are a few snapshots from our latest visit to Venice.
The Chiesa San Simeon Piccolo is the first building you see when exiting the Santa Lucia train station in Venice. It’s one of the “must get” photographs when touring the city, especially if you come in through the train station.
There is so much to see. We’ve visited Venice so much, and each time, even if it’s something I’ve seen before, I fall a little bit more in love with the city.
My favorite time of year to visit Venice is in the Fall and Winter when there are less tourists. As you meander through the many canals and little alley ways you can get a sense of how quiet the city can be with out the hustle and bustle of cars, and horns and such.
I’ve visited Venice on hot sunny summer days, in the rain, and the cold. There’s always something new to see and experience.
My husband and I feel so blessed to have been able to live this Italian life these last four years, and for the experience this has offered our sons.
This time we wanted to wander deeper into the city, away from the major touristy areas like Saint Mark’s Square, and such. It was so nice. We had lunch in this little restaurant, and took our time stopping to take it all in whenever we could. I guess we’re beginning to realize these trips taken whenever we have the whim to do so will be coming to an end soon and we wanted to savor these simple parts.
My son Evan loves to do this. It drives me nuts, but it’s a great image of some of the narrow alleyways in Venice.
Prepare to walk. A day in Venice could easily rack up lots of steps and stair cases if you like to track those sort of things.
There’s so much antiquity and age. I love it. The Italians can be so blasé about their old things, I love that too.
As in pretty much all of Italy art is everywhere.
This trip we made it a point to peak into a few churches to light a candle and say a prayer.
Nicole Olea’s love language is communication. She does this best using her keyboard as a freelance copywriter and editor. Creative and resilient with high-level experience in social media management, content creation, and eCommerce marketing, Nicole Olea was a professional volunteer, sharing her skills with various non-profit organizations who paid her in hugs. For the last 20 years, she’s lived a quasi-nomadic life, moving across the country and the Atlantic with her active-duty husband and their three kids. She’s awkwardly stumbling toward her goal of becoming a saint. She’s got God-sized dreams and wants you to have them too!