While visiting Italy in October I got to experience the culture and life of Venice. This town is so cool and I was amazed at all the canals and alley ways. The gondolas throughout were so intricate and the craftsmanship was super cool. I loved walking through all the tiny connected side streets aimlessly and the people were incredibly friendly. I happened to stumbled upon the best crab pasta every in a little alleyway and I can't, for the life of me, remember the name of it! I will figure it out though, promise! If you haven't gotten the chance to experience the insane pigeons in Venice you must. The birds that were in Venice were fearless and entertaining to say the least. They were not afraid of anyone and would land on any person with their arms out (scroll to bottom to see birds all over me). I, of course, rode in a gondola and that was so thrilling to me to travel through these old canals. I kept thinking to myself how many people have passed through these waterways....
I stayed at the JW Marriott, which was on its own private island, and I normally love Marriotts but was disappointed in this one. Felt very cold and everything was all white. I kept calling it SHUTTER ISLAND. It also took 30 mins by boat to get to Venice proper which was quite the hassle. I would honestly recommend staying in Venice proper or at the Hilton 15 mins away. My parents stayed at the Hilton and it was lovely.
I honestly felt like the best part of Venice was sitting at a little cafe and watching all the different people pass and looking at all the old architecture. The churches and buildings were so beautiful. I decided to light a candle in a old gothic style church and got wayyyy to excited lol. Definitely feel like everyone needs to explore Venice for a couple days on their way through Italy.