This post will wrap up our trip to Italy. Our final day in Venice, we went to the Academia Gallery and Peggy Guggenheim Museum (we got a little lost getting to them, but who doesn’t get lost in Venice!). This was also the only day that we had a little rain on the entire trip.
The Academia Gallery (mostly Renaissance art) was amazing, impressive, and so worth it! The Guggenheim (modern art) was not so impressive. It was extremely crowded and tiny (it was Peggy Guggenheim’s former house), but I also think I am biased because I do not like modern art. However, there were three paintings there that I did want to see, so I am very glad I got a chance to see those in person.
After visiting the museums, we had lunch at an adorable restaurant next to the Academia Bridge that had amazing panninis. After lunch, we decided to head to Murano. We took the Vaporetto. We went to the glass museum on Murano which was amazing and then did a little shopping. We then headed back on the Vaporetto and got off at St. Mark’s Square.
We stopped for an aperitivo at Harry’s American Bar, which is where the Bellini was invented, where Hemingway frequented in the 1940s, and also where you can sometimes spot celebrities today. We then headed back to the hotel, and got a recommendation for a restaurant for dinner. However, when we got to the restaurant recommended by the hotel, they didn’t have any openings until very late. We happened upon another place called Roso Rosso, who had a table for us available a half hour later. We put our name in, and settled in a nearby bar for another drink (this was the theme of the trip – wine at every opportunity!) Roso Rosso was one of my favorite restaurants from the entire trip – I had THE BEST lasagna I have ever had.
The next day we were picked up by our private water taxi, and then dropped off at our private car transfer, which took us to the airport. Soon, we were on our way home (and very sad to leave! What an incredible trip. It was exactly what we wanted – we were able to see all of the highlights, stay extremely informed and have a ton of fun all while doing a few small tours but mostly exploring on our own. The food, wine, scenery and sights were all amazing. A huge thanks to Ann Petronio of Annie’s Escapes for helping us plan this Italian adventure – we could not have done it without her! Now, on to planning our next trip…so much of the world still left to see!
Photos taken by Jay Brodeur and Alicia DeAngelis.