At long last…hello my friends! I am back to blogging *regularly!
Now that wedding planning is out of the way, I can devote more time to having some blog fun. In the coming weeks I plan to share all about our honeymoon adventures and of course, wedding details. Trey and I spent almost two weeks in Italy, traveling to Venice, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast.
Today’s post features our first honeymoon destination: Venice, Italy! After the wedding on Saturday, we had Sunday with our families and Monday to get things together and take off in the evening. Trey and I had an 8 hour layover in London before Italy, so we decided to take advantage of our time and go explore a little. We saw Big Ben, the London Eye, and all the touristy stuff in that area. Then we grabbed fish n’ chips and then we were back on the Tube to the airport.
To preface all of this, the weather in Italy was a dream! The average temperature during our time there (late September) was 75 degrees, but the evenings were chilly.
When we landed in Venice it was almost midnight and super chilly. We were so caught off guard of how cold it was since we only packed short sleeves, tanks, shorts, and dresses. There was definitely a moment of panic and me asking Trey if he had packed any warm clothes. Of course he said no and all I had was a cardigan. Thank goodness for H&M and Zara, we both were able to get jackets for those chilly evenings.
From the Venice airport, we took a water taxi to our hotel. Once we were dropped off at the dock closest to our hotel, we pulled out Google Maps and found out that our it was only a 2 minute walk away. I was so relieved because it was past midnight, super dark out, and we were in a strange city. We found our hotel easily enough and were greeted by the kindest concierge, who greeted us by saying “You must be the Schneiders…”. Funny story, Trey and I were starving at this point and asked if anything was open at that hour. He looked at us as if we were crazy and said no. So the first night of our honeymoon was spent in our room eating Pringles from the mini bar.
Trey and I stayed at Hotel A La Commedia for three nights and I cannot recommend it enough! The rooms were so nice and spacious, the staff was very kind and helpful, and the complimentary breakfast buffet was one of the best we had in all our stay in Italy. Trey and I both said it was one of the nicest hotels we’ve ever stayed in.
Before booking we did a lot of research in the “best” areas to stay in Venice, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast. In Venice, we wanted to stay somewhere that was easily walkable to Saint Mark’s Square and all the shops around there. From our hotel we were able to walk everywhere we wanted to. We, of course, had to do a gondala ride. Very touristy, but I really think it’s a must do! Our first few days in Italy were spent eating a lot of carbonara, seafood soup, and lots and lots of gelato.
Venice is just incredibly beautiful. It’s just like something out of a postcard. And it’s even better than the pictures. I can’t describe the feeling it gave us being in that city, but it just brought us back to another time. The architecture, the colors, the people, the food…I can’t say enough. I think our favorite part of Venice wasn’t the touristy area, but it was an area far off from everything else. One night, we walked far far off on the other side of Venice and found the cutest/quaintest area with the best restaurants and shops.
Trey and I had so much fun in Venice. It definitely exceeded all of our expectations and set us off on a great start to our honeymoon.
Incredibly, I was able to pack two weeks worth of clothes, hats, bags, and shoes in one carry on (Okay, I cheated and snuck a few things in Trey’s bag – thank goodness for husbands). I really didn’t want to deal with a huge bag traveling from city to city so I knew I had to be compact.
I picked up this dress from Molly Green a few weeks before we left for our honeymoon. I stumbled upon the store by chance and got so lucky with this dress. It’s one of my favorite colors – mustard; and the flowy sleeves and wrap detail just make it one of my all time favorite dresses. It made me feel so feminine and classy walking through the streets along the Venice canals. I went back to Molly Green just a few days ago and it’s still available it all sizes. Their online store doesn’t reflect the in-store inventory, so if you can’t stop by a local store, I’m sure you could just call them.
Stay tuned for more from Venice! In the mean time, have you seen our wedding video?