Venice, Christmas, Italy

Snapshots of Venice, Italy

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy, St Marks, San Marco

Me to Taido in October:

Oh my goodness. Direct flights to Venice from Stuttgart are less than $20 right now! What do you think? Christmas in Italy. We could surprise the kids!

Taido: Let’s do it. 

(My husband is a man of few words.)

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

It’s funny how many of our trips have begun with an exchange like this actually. We have entirely too many flight alerts set up on various apps and websites.

But also I see cheap tickets all the time that I don’t snap up. And sometimes when I do buy them, I get worried when I start trying to fill in all the other details that are not so cheap (transfers from the airport, places to stay and eat).

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

But this time around, I have to say that even though it cost almost the same amount to get from the Venice airport to Venice as it did for us to fly to Venice from Germany, I was very happy with this decision.

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

Because Venice at any time of the year is pretty great.

Venice at Christmas, Winter in Italy

But Venice at Christmas was very special.

Venice at Christmas, Winter in Italy

Also it was the worth the price of admission to see our kids faces when we said:

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

Pack a backpack because we are heading to Venice tomorrow. 

Venice at Christmas, Winter in Italy

We arrived in Venice on Christmas Eve (just two days after Cole came to Germany!) and went straight to the market to get groceries in case things were closed on Christmas Day.

Venice at Christmas, Winter in Italy

But Venice is way open for business on Christmas. Restaurants, shops and markets were all ready for us on Christmas morning.

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

We went to mass at St Mark’s on Christmas morning,

Venice at Christmas, Winter in Italy

and then spent the rest of the day walking the streets, crossing canals and eating our way through the city. Pizza, pasta, gelato.

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

In fact, we spent our whole week walking and eating. Walking and eating.

Venice, Christmas, Italy

We even went on a tour for walking and eating. (More to come about this!)

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

Every corner of Venice is beautiful, and I think we managed to see every corner before the week was over.

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

In fact, I was surprised to find (because I have a device that records these sorts of things) that in spite of walking many, many trails and towns in 2016, that the last week of the year, and one of the coldest, I walked more miles than in any other week of the year.

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

And that’s the thing about walking in Venice,

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

You can always take one more step.

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

Turn one more corner.

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

Cross one more canal.

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

Stand on one more little bridge.

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

You just don’t get tired of it.

We went to mass at St Mark's on Christmas morning,  

Or I guess I should say: I don’t get tired of it. 🙂

Venice at Christmas, Winter in Italy

But just as the kids were starting to maybe get tired of it…

Christmas in Venice, Winter in Italy

SURPRISE again! More friends!!!

Venice, Christmas, Italy

Our friends Tanja, Chipper and Bailey stole a few days away from their family Christmas to walk the streets of Venice with us!

Venice, Italy, Christmas, Rooftops

Two families in Venice = Double the fun.

Venice, Italy, Christmas

Gelato at all hours!

San Marco, Venice, Italy, Christmas

Top of St. Mark’s!

Venice, Italy, Christmas

Every bridge + canal = photo op!

Venice, Italy, Christmas

Because so much beauty.

Venice, Italy, Christmas

Such a fun group!

Venice, Italy, Christmas

And also we rode gondolas together!

Venice, Italy, Christmas

Which is cheesy and expensive, but every bit as wonderful as you think it will be.

Venice, Italy, Christmas

We discovered a pastry shop that I went back to again the next day because everything in it was delightful.

Venice, Italy, Christmas

We made dinner together and laughed and squeezed into little street bars and it was so good.

Venice, Italy, Christmas, Spiral Stairs

We LOVED our time in Venice.

 

Venice, Italy, Christmas

It was my third time to wander through Venice, and over the trips I have compiled a good little list of favorites for the next time I spy $20 tickets.

I’m so thankful we did it!

Christmas in Venice, Italy, Winter in Italy

We flew home (over the Alps!) on New Year’s Eve to cold and snowy Germany and spent the next week being cozy and watching movies and going for snowy hikes. So much treasured time.