Macarons and Mayhem Guide: Venice

MACARONS Gelatolandia: Small walk-up in Lido with daily changing flavors including an exceptional lemon sorbet MAYHEM Hotel Cipriani: If you can’t snag a poolside lunch reservation, stop by for a Bellini or twelve and people watching Harry’s Bar: Same Cipriani group makes more Bellinis in this classic location NOSH Al Cavaliere: Easy spot for a…

Venice, Italy

Is there anything more classically Italian than a boat ride zipping down the Grand Canal in Venice with its colorful world passing you by and the country’s flag waving proudly in the background? Perhaps more so are the colorful buildings, meandering alleyways, and countless canals (and cannolis!) that await your disembarkation.

Mazzorboro, Italy

The sleepiest island just a stroll over the bridge from Burano. You could easily miss the gorgeous grounds of Venissa by walking the main pedestrian way on the perimeter of the island, but if you hit the entry just right, you’ll find yourself in this enchanted garden. Filled with modern art, fruits and vegetable plants,…

Ausonia Hungaria- Lido

After staying at the gorgeous Ausonia Hungaria in 2019 I fell hard and fast for this oasis perfectly situated between the touristically crowded Venice and the Adriatic Sea. Despite more of a last minute booking during high season, I knew my parents would enjoy the property as well and insisted it would make for an…

Al Cavaliere- Lido

Travel days are always weird ones in terms of meal timings, especially with two parents in tow, so the day we arrived in Lido was no exception. In desperate need of a 17:00 dinner, we stumbled across Al Cavaliere who thankfully was serving nonstop for folks like us. Upon entering, I realized I’d dined here…

Burano, Italy

Little pink (and blue and green and yellow and orange…) houses for you and me… Astute and crumbling crayon-colored houses line the sleepy canals of Burano in their various states of disarray. A microcosm of the best parts of Venice, the tiny island is awash in colorful meandering streets sprinkled with old churches and shops…

Ausonia Hungaria

After experiencing the crushing cloud of tourism overcrowding and humidity, I was so happy with my decision to stay on the beautiful island of Lido. Once the island was selected, I struggled to decide between budget hotels, the old grand dame of the beach, and the historic, but newly renovated Ausonia Hungaria. One glimpse of…

Venissa

Next to Burano, on the island of Mazzoboro is the most charming place on the planet, aka, Venissa. Part Michelin-starred resto, part osteria, part small hotel, and part vineyard, this place is absolute heaven. I started my visit with a walk through the gardens that are especially known for their artichokes. Nine retirees from neighboring…

Lido

For the Venice leg of my journey, I decided to last minute stay in Lido, the neighboring beach island next door. After spending a day in the crushing mass of tourists, crammed into humidity filled spaces, I was quite glad that I did. Just look at these streets. Wide sidewalks either filled to the brim…

Burano

I just spent the last few days exploring the areas of Venice that had been previously unknown to me- Lido, Murano, Burano, and Mazzorbo. My favorite of the list was Burano, so I just had to share a few highlights in photo form. After a sleep-inducing hourly hour-long ferry, you arrive in a sort of…