This June our Creative Assistant Laura ventured out of the UK and travelled off to Northern Italy to explore the cities of Venice, Verona and Bologna. She had a fantastic week full of adventuring and enjoying captivating surroundings along with stunningly beautiful architecture and the exciting and energetic Italian culture.

Words by Laura Whittaker.

“Immediately after landing at Marco Polo airport, you know you are in such a recognisable area with canals leading out from the gardens – and the amazing fact you could arrive at your hotel by speed boat! Venice City itself has lost absolutely no character with the modernisation of the canals’. Gondolas roam the canals floating gracefully between the passenger water boats and high speed water taxis, transporting couples in what can only be described as the most romantic way to travel. After the sights and sounds and the hustle and bustle around the Grande Canal, you can cross one of the many incredible Venetian bridges and head into the centre of Venice itself. Here you will find an array of spectacular architecture, from many small monuments to some of Italy’s grandest buildings including St. Marc’s Square, whilst taking in some of Italy’s finest musical and artistic culture along the way. A must see within the city is Doges’ Palace. Right on the Piazza San Marco, Doges’ Palace is a collection of much smaller museums displaying a wide variety of art, music and history of Venice and other regions of Italy. For  those visiting with the partner, not only is a boat ride down the Grande Canal essential but a visit to Rialto Bridge where you will find hundreds of locks containing the names of previous couples to visit, declaring their undying love for one and other! Just a short trip away from the city itself is Murano, only a small Island however well worth the visit to explore the Glassworks museum and view the vibrant forms and colours of the traditional Murano Glass. Overall Venice is a beautiful city, and I had a great experience - just wish we could have stayed there for longer! Here’s some of my favourite photos from the vacation.


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