Above: The Grand Canal in Venice.
Dan & Melinda Redman dove into their trip to Italy with a visit to Venice and spent some time with good friends, Antonio and Melissa Gianola. It was our first trip to picturesque Venice, but it certainly will not be our last! The city is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, canals and historic buildings — traversable aground only by foot.
Venice stretches across 118 small islands in the Northeast of Italy in the Adriatic Sea. The city is alive with incredible history, culture and an energy from a constant swell of tourism. Famous for it’s intricate system of canals and bridges that intertwine with centuries-old architecture, it’s painfully easy to get lost in the city.
Team Gianola: Antonio and Melissa.
Team Redman: Dan and Melinda.
We spent three wonderful days in Venice and shared some great adventures with Antonio & Melissa, who were on their 6th trip to the city. We were lucky to be able to see the city with these crafty, veteran newlyweds who introduced us to a few of their favorite cafés, restaurants and shops. We dined al fresco on patios situated along the Grand Canal; laughed; consumed our first spritz (a traditional Venetian cocktail of Aperol liqueur and Prosecco, garnished with a slice of orange and an olive); laughed some more, and perused some of the many wonderful shops of Venice.
Above: La Cantina, a great place for an afternoon Spritz!
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Above: Patio dining on the Grand Canal at Trattoria Povoledo.
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Above: We were also able to meet up with another couple, the coincidentally newly-wedded Mike & Gretchen Sammons and had a wonderfully memorable dinner.
We had an incredible time in Venice and will most certainly be back. From Venice, we were off to Verona for VinItaly and visiting wineries with a separate contingent from Texas. Good times were had by all.
Above: The famed gondole of Venice at Sunset.
Thank you, Team Gianola! And thank you, Italy! Feel free to contact us when you’re ready to make a trip to Venice. We’ll be happy to offer suggestions, or come along to act as your tour guide, like Antonio & Melissa did for us!