5 Hidden Gems Of Venice

 
In today's post, I'm going to be talking you though 5 Hidden Gems of Venice. Some of these are from my own personal experience as I went in April 2017 and some of them are from other bloggers experiences.


The island of Pellestrina

My first one is actually the place we stayed in which was the little island of Pellestrina. It was completely different from the busy streets of the main island of Venice as it was a more residential non-touristy place and was extremely quiet all throughout the day. 

It was so lovely and quiet and it was like stepping back in time to a classic Italian village plus it had the most amazing view of the sunset every night over the water. I don't think anywhere else will beat it! The residents were lovely and tried helping us as much as they could (we had a few mishaps including a flat bike tyre and not been able to find our house when we first arrived) even though there was a huge language barrier in that they spoke no English and we spoke no Italian.  
Pellestrina Sunset
 Pellestrina Sunset
We rented our house from a lovely lady from Airbnb (You can find the one we stayed in HERE. If you have never used Airbnb before you can use my link HERE to get £25 of free travel credit when you sign up. It also gets me £15 of travel credit once your trip is done). She left us with 2 bikes which we could use around the island and we definitely made use of them! The island is very long and thin with only 1 road running down the middle with a beach on one side and a harbour running down the other.
Pellestrina House
Overall it was the BEST place to stay if you don't want the mania that is the main island of Venice and you want somewhere that is a little more budget friendly too. It is the type of place I would love to retire to in the future.


Trattoria Alla Rivetta

We were looking for somewhere random to eat an evening meal with no idea where we were going until we came across Trattoria Alla Rivetta which was hidden down the side of a small bridge (literally a hidden gem!). It had a very small entrance so could be easily missed. We were seated with an amazing view of the canal and the gondolas going past, so we couldn't have asked for anything better. The food we had was also divine. I can't remember the exact name of the dishes we had but they were seafood (I have attached a photo below). I would definitely recommend eating here, if you can locate it of course! The address is Castello 4625, Ponte San Provolo, 4625 Venice so good luck!

At the time I wish I had written down the name of the place as it took me literal hours to find it on google. I even searched images of the cloth and plate designs, that's how deep the search went so I was very glad when I found it. 

You can see more information about it on TripAdvisor.
Trattoria Alla Rivetta

 Burano

This hidden gem was submitted by LeAnna at Well Traveled Nebraskan.

Nobody doubts that Venice is beautiful, but that is what makes it so touristy. We decided to ditch the crowds by hopping on the #12 Vaporetto boat and head to the island of Burano,  just off of Venice. A lot of people opt for its sister island, Murano, known for its exquisite glass blowing, but Burano seemed to be a bit more off of tourists' radars and was known for its delicate lace and delicious white wine. I was sold.
By getting there in the late afternoon, we had the added bonus of missing out on most Venetian cruise boat tourists and basically had the pastel canals all to ourselves.
We almost forgot about the throngs of people waiting for us back in Venice as we strolled the picturesque lanes window shopping and taking it slow at a cafe sipping on wine as we people watched…just like the locals seemed to be doing.
Burano


Arcobaleno Pigmenti

This hidden gem was submitted by Esra at Arabian Wanderess.
Arcobaleno Pigmenti
Walking in Venice is the first thing you will experience when visiting the city. Google maps still hasn't mastered the "best routes" in that little city and with all the little alleyways, the little bridges and the canal, getting lost is inescapable. I don't think I went a day there without getting lost at least a few times. On one of my uncertain walks in the very big summer crowd, I found a little gem that was not on my radar before visiting the city. The window was the biggest draw for me and I couldn't resist the inviting art supplies, so I went inside Arcobaleno Pigmenti. It is an Italian brand with natural, colourful pigments that I absolutely loved! It's a fantastic shop for art lovers or if you want to buy presents for artist friends. It was my one of my highlights there.
Arcobaleno Pigmenti


Murano

This hidden gem was submitted by Jyoti at Story At Every Corner.
Murano
The small cluster of man-made islands to the north-east of Venice is the island town of Murano. Just a few minutes water taxi ride from Venice, it is almost like a suburb but has an entirely different vibe from Venice or it’s sibling islands of Burano and Torcello. The three beautiful islands make for a perfect day trip from Venice.

Murano is famous for its glass art. Many glass factories give tours during their working hours. Some visitors purchase exquisite glass pieces to take or ship home and others take pictures and experiences.

 Read more about Murano at https://storyateverycorner.com/murano/

Have you ever visited Venice? If so did you come across any of these hidden gems? Let me know in the comments below.

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Steal Their Style: Bella Hadid

 
Finally, I am here with the second post in my 'Steal Their Style' series. This time around I am stealing Bella Hadid's style. The first post I did in this series was Steal Their Style: Gigi Hadid who is, of course, Bellas sister. They both have a great style which is why I decided to do Bella second instead of some of the other people who I have in mind.

To see the items I have picked just click on the outfit and they will appear underneath. To see more of the outfits click on the big + button. Let me know in the comments below which is your favourite Bella Hadid outfit from the ones I have shown (Mine is the all red outfit) and also please leave some suggestions for other celebrity styles you would like me to steal in future posts.

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Holiday Essentials: Swimwear

 
I'm officially on my countdown until my holiday to Corfu. Less than 2 weeks to go! Today's post is going to be a quick one to show you some of my favourite swimwear pieces of the current moment. Winter may be coming but my holiday is coming sooner!

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Let me know in the comments below which of my picks are your favourites as well as whether you have any travel plans for the rest of this year.

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OOTD: Hidden Fashion

Banner saying Outfit of the day hidden fashion wearing a pink and red shirt dress with ornate print and white shoes.
 Today's outfit features a dress and a pair of shoes from Hidden Fashion. I have been a fan of this brand for a little while and own numerous things by them. Their items have great prices and they are always having massive sales which means even more of a discount (My favourite was the extra 80% off on top of sale prices!) Today I'm going to be showing you an outfit I was recently sent.

*The items in this post were sent for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.
Wearing a pink and red shirt dress with ornate print and white shoes.
Wearing a pink and red shirt dress with ornate print and white shoes.
 The shirt dress is in this amazing ornate print with pink and red as its main colours. I love the feel of the material which is an almost silk/satin feel. This dress could be worn more casually paired with jeans or in a more dressed up style like I am here. It comes with a waist tie so can be adjusted to fit your waist nicely along with having the option to wear it without the belt.
Wearing a pink and red shirt dress with ornate print and white shoes.
Wearing white lace up shoes
The shoes feature a gorgeous front lace up design with a chain design on the toe straps and a perspex 'window' on the sides of the shoes which I will admit did get a little bit steamed up while I was wearing them. They are such a unique, cool design and would work with numerous outfits. They are a block heel which means I can actually walk in them and feel secure to the foot. The laces can be easily adjusted to fit and they can be worn in numerous ways, such as the laces can be twisted around tour ankle meaning a tighter fit (this is shown on the website). They also have a zip on the back so no need to keep messing with the laces everytime you want to wear them. 

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Top 3 Honeymoon Locations

Banner saying Top 3 Honeymoon Locations with beach scenes in the background.
 *This post is sponsored by Destination2.co.uk. All opinions are my own.

Today I'm bringing you my 'Top 3 Honeymoon Locations'. These are exotic places that I would love to go on my Honeymoon to if that occasion ever arises! These places are what my idea of luxury is and are all filled with amazing things to see and do. So let's get this started with my first choice.

Picture of an area of the maldives.
The Maldives

How beautiful do The Maldives look? The crystal blue water with the huts 'floating' over it and then the beautiful white sandy beaches lined with gorgeous palm trees. It literally sounds like my heaven! It's warm all year round (Average 25'c - 29'c) and as someone who is always cold, that would be perfect for me. Whenever I think of luxury The Maldives definitely come to mind first. You can check out Destination2.co.uk to see all their all-inclusive luxury holidays to the Maldives. It is made up of around 1200 islands and a lot of the luxurious resorts have their own private islands. How cool is that?!  

Picture of some boats in Phuket.
 Phuket

My next choice is Phuket in Thailand. Another place that features beautiful white sand beaches and crystal blue water. Phuket is filled with lots of history including Buddhist monuments and historic temples along with many gorgeous nature reserves. It is also known as Thailands party capital. Whether you are someone who loves relaxing, exploring or partying then there is always something to do in Phuket. Two things you definitely need to do is visit Phi Phi Island which is the stunning location of the movie 'The Beach' which I watched for the first time last year. It is a huge attraction which apparently doesn't disappoint. The second thing is to go see the Big Buddha which is a huge 45 metres tall Buddha statue that has the best 360 degrees view of Phuket.

A bali beach scene.
 Bali 

Last but definitely not least is Bali. Bali is another paradise island with its breath-taking, culture-filled scenery and beautiful beaches, it is a place you must visit. It features many exotic temples with amazing architecture set against lush jungles, it is definitely an explorer's paradise with so much to see and do. One must-visit place is definitely the Tagallalang Rice Terraces with their unique rice slopes for a great photo opportunity. Bali is definitely a perfect destination for a romantic, adventure-filled Honeymoon.

  Which of these 3 Top Honeymoon Locations would you love to go to the most? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to check some more of my travel posts below.
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