We arrived in Venice on a 4 hour train journey from Rome. You’re met straight away with the familiar views of Venice. There’s the water, boats, a domed building straight ahead. I wasn’t quite expecting to exit the station and to see these views. I had major tears in my eyes as I’d dreamt of this moment for so long, and it was even more beautiful than I ever imagined.
The thing I most love about Venice is that practically the only way to get around is by water bus. I was in my element! Imagine bobbing along the river to work every day – Heaven. 1 tip I will give is VALIDATE YOUR TICKETS! As soon as we left the train, we headed straight over to the nearest desk to buy our tickets. The guy who served us was really helpful, or so we thought! We paid 30 Euro each for a 2 day water bus pass. This was pretty steep just for 48 hours in 1 city, but we vowed to make the most of it. We hopped on our first water bus to the Island of Lido, where we would find our hotel for the next 2 nights. As soon as we set off, a ticket inspector made his way around, checking everyone had their tickets. We had our tickets, but apparently they had not been validated, because we should supposedly know to do this without being told in a place we’d never been before. The inspector said he was going to do us a ‘favour’ and not give us the 70 or so Euro fine, but he would still be charging us for a single fair which was 7 Euro 50! After we validated our tickets on the other side, we never saw another ticket inspector the whole time we were in Venice – typical! Anyway, that was the 1 bad thing about this trip, so now I’ve gotten that out of the way, back to the bloody good stuff!
The island we were staying on was about a 40 minute boat ride away, but only because the train station is the furthest point in Venice from Lido. So, all our other trips from Lido to Venice were only around 20 minutes. Once on Lido Island, it was super easy to find our hotel.
The Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria Hotel (quite the mouthful!) was on quite a main road that runs through Lido, and it is the most beautiful hotel either of us had ever seen. Cue us getting giddy and taking photos on the red carpet! Inside was just as beautiful with its 1920’s Art Deco theme running throughout. Even our bathroom had cute mint green tiles.
After we settled down from the sheer excitement of our gorgeous new home for the next 2 nights, we headed out for a wander around Lido Island and in search of somewhere for some late lunch/early dinner. We wandered around our little Island, but found that most restaurants were not yet open as it was only around 4pm and the Italians like to eat later, much later. The only place we could find that was open (and totally empty) was Ai Do Mati, which was right across the road from our hotel, so close, in fact, we could still get their Wi-Fi!
We kept to our usual of ordering one pizza and one pasta dish to share between us. Erica chose the pepperoni pizza whilst I ordered us the seafood spaghetti, which was absolute heaven. They had such a massive menu of loads more dishes we wanted to try, that we half joked about coming back the next night (spoiler alert; we did!).
After dinner, we watched the sunset over the water before grabbing some gelato and heading back to our hotel where there was a free bottle of Prosecco waiting for us in our room! We downed our bubbles whilst making plans for the next day before getting an early night.