Xo, Venice


After spending several history-tastic days in Florence, we took the Eurostar to Venice, where we arrived at our hotel via water taxi... Eek. I watched my suitcase like a hawk... I swear it was less than an inch from bouncing overboard. Thankfully, the insanely spectacular views were the perfect distraction. For our arrival, I wore my super lightweight and comfy coastal blue top from Bella Dahl


After settling into our hotel we took a charming gondola ride through the canals. Our ride was accompanied by an accordion player and a fabulous singer, who made the ride absolutely surreal and truly unforgettable. 

A major highlight of our trip was visiting one of the cities top mask makers workshop, where Venice's most dramatic and jaw-dropping masks are tediously hand crafted. After learning how to create these intricate masterpieces we were let loose to play dress up with the expensive showpieces. 


To survive the scorching heat, I slipped a scarf I purchased in Florence into my bag and tied it around my waist when we visited St. Mark's Basilica, in order to adhere to their conservative dress code. Once our tour was complete it was back to shorts. :) 


After touring the Murano glass blowing factory (so stinking cool) and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum (I touched a Picasso... twice), we finished the day at the Doge's Palace, where we toured the prison and passed over the famous Bridge of Sighs. 


For the last night, I wore my new prim geo print maxi from Gypsy05, which you can find here. The pastel hues were perfect for the waterside dinner. 

My favorite memory from our Italy trip occurred on our last night in Venice. After a delicious four course meal, Justin and I went for a stroll through St. Mark's Square, where a classic orchestra was playing the endlessly romantic music from Titanic and Phantom of the Opera. As they began to play "I could have danced all night" from the movie "My Fair Lady," Justin and I did exactly that... we danced the night away, under the stars in the middle of St. Mark's Square. It was a moment I'll never forget. 


This truly was a trip of lifetime. Every day was a memorable experience, each day more perfect than the last. I can't wait to start planning our next big adventure... Africa, anyone? :)

95 comments:

  1. PLEASE come to Africa! :)
    Then I can meet you! :)
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  2. Venice is a really different city!!! I love it!

    Don't miss today my Casual&Comfy outfit.....with one of my beloved leather shorts and amazing red bag!.

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  3. Amazing photos. I want to go to Venice sometime.
    Where is the black/white-dotted dress from (that you wore on the lats night)?
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

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  4. Ahhhh Venice, there really is nothing quite like it! Murano is one of my favourite pockets of the island <3

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  5. Amazing pics!
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  6. Ahhh.. I LOVE the pictures !

    Seems like amazing place, I'm so gonna visit there someday .

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  7. Venice is amazing !! I was there last winter and your photos remember me so much memories !

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  8. Ooh beautiful! Looks like you had the time of your life :) I want to go to Venice!!

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  9. Bonitas fotografías!!!!

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  10. Venice seems amazing...what a great trip :)

    Xoxo,
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  11. Really want to visit Venice. Where abouts in Africa are you going? I've been a few times, my safari was my ultimate fav holiday.
    Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo
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  12. Oh what a nice vacation, happy you had so much fun :)

    xo
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  13. Nice pics! Hope you had a lot of fun in Italy! :)

    Destination Moi

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  14. Venice looks amazing! It is definitely on my bucket list :)

    Come to Africa, more specifically, South Africa - you will love it!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog

    x Natalie

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  15. All your photos are so beautiful. I wanna go ti Italy NOW! ;)
    Adela x

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  16. Amazing photos, it seems you've had a pleasant journey.
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  17. Looks absolutely heavenly! Last time I was in Venice was summer 2009 with my family. I always wanted to bring my boyfriend. Love Europe :)

    Thanks for sharing! Africa is on my brother's to-do. He wants to go on a safari!

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  18. Oh my ... I have been to Venice before, but your photos totally made me want to go there again :)
    Such a beautiful & romantic city.
    It really looks like you had an amazing time!
    Best wishes,
    Vivienne

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  19. lovley blog!! venice is my dream destination!! since I also love travelling, lets folllow each other!!
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  20. I love Venice! :) very nice pics

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  21. You and your husband are way cute. Loved all of these pictures.

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  22. Anna, thanks for sharing these wonderful vacation pictures of you and the family. What a wonderful memory you made. I fell in love with Italy when I went 3 years ago. It left me wanting to go back soon or live there.

    Have a wonderful Friday.
    Sofia

    Stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  23. Amazing photos, It looks like you had a blast. Your night in St. Marks Square sounds perfect, I'm definitely wishing for a trip to to Italy right about now!


    xo
    Kirsten
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  24. Venice looks amazing! Definitely on my must travel list!

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  25. anna!!!! I live near Venice! if I knew you were coming to visit you I could make a guide!!
    I'm glad you enjoyed the city! is wonderful!

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  26. It's so beautiful out there ! I really miss Venice :)))

    You look beautiful darling xx


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  27. These pictures are absolutely amazing! I have to say I'm insanely jealous of you! I went on a tour of Italy about a year and a half ago and dream of it daily. When I was in Venice it was winter though, so you could barely see across the canals due to the fog. It looks spectacular in the summer!
    xoxo
    Megan
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  28. Hey please tell me your fashion sense secret it must be sumin

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  29. So lovely pictures ♥ The two of you are so adorable together :)

    xoxo,Jules

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  30. What gorgeous pictures!! It looks like you guys had the time of your lives!

    XO Alex

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  31. It seriously looks like you guys had the BEST time and had so much fun! What an amazing trip!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  32. You & Justin are absolutely adorable!!! How romantic! & it looks absolutely beautiful. I would love to visit there.

    & your outfits are too cute!! I love your style.

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  33. Love the green cross body bag! Your trip looked like so much fun!

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  34. Looks like you are having SUCH an amazing time - beautiful photos!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  35. Gorgeous pictures!! It looks like you had a great time. Venice is definitely on my list of travels!!

    xo Ash,
    Sincerely Miss Ash

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  36. Such beautiful pictures! Looks like a blast!

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  37. Insanely jealous, those pictures are beautiful.

    You and your hubs are too cute :)

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  38. Your trip looked amazing! Thank you for commenting on my blog! I love your style, girl!

    Kelcie xo
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  39. What great pictures. I can't wait until my boyfriend and I find the time to go on vacation. Venice looks amazing!

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  40. I'm already having fun by looking at the pictures, imagine how much fun you're actually having :D Venice is a beauty!!
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  41. Oh wow! It feels like I was right back there! Your photographs are amazing and I'd love to see the rest of your travel posts!

    Are you def. visiting Africa next!? That's where I am based :) South Africa to be exact! Would be more than happy to give you some tips / advice and travel ideas if your anywhere that I know a lot about :)

    ENJOY IT!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jade. Hopefully I'll be reaching out soon, wink wink. :)

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  42. Thanks for checking out my blog. These pictures are incredible! Wow.. I need to visit the world! :)

    xo
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  43. This gets me too excited since I will be going to venice in a month! It looks beautiful.

    - Janine
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  44. You are such a fashionable traveler! How did you pack your hat without crushing it?

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  45. Loved all these pictures. Brought beautiful memories of our trip 2 years ago. Venice is such a magical place :)

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  46. What an adorable photo diary! I LOVE IT! :)

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  47. Wow, these pictures are magical. I can't wait to go to Italy some day. That's so cool that you write for laurenconrad.com! I love her.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sam. Lauren is the sweetest. :)

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  48. looks like you had an amazing time! xo

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  49. I love love love Venice! Your pictures are beautiful and now I'm jealous!

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  50. It looks like you had so much fun! I love all of these pictures :) And Africa? You should totally go! I'd love to go there too someday.

    xo Azu

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  51. Venice is magically pretty :)

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  52. Beautiful ! I would just love to go there one day...

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  53. Lovely photos!

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  54. Venice is honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to! I want to go back so badly! Great pictures! x

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  55. I have loved all you pictures from Italy! I have only been to Rome but I adored the city and I'd love to see more of italy!

    xoxo
    Stacey

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  56. Looks like you had an amazing time! Great photos xx

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  57. It looks like you had such a lovely time!! I love all of the photos girl!!

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  58. Aw! It looks like you're having such a lovely vacation! These photos totally bring me back to my time in Italy last summer. Isn't it such a beautiful place?! You've changed your blog layout since I visited last. I must say that I LOVE the new look. It's so clean, fresh and streamlined. I hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation! xo

    Carly

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  59. Venice is such a special and beautiful city, love it! ♥
    xx

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  60. Thanks for visiting my blog, now follow you via Bloglovin :) These photos are amazing, love all your outfits! Looks like so much fun!

    xo, Ainslee

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  61. Really great pics, Venice is definitely one of my favourite cities ;)
    xx
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  62. The scarf around your waist for modesty is an amazing idea! I want to visit Venice someday, but the idea of traveling by water horrifies me so I don't know if I'll ever make it. I do very much adore your outfit in your St. Marks Square picture.

    Mana
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  63. Venice was one of my favorite cities in Italy when we visited! All the canals were so picturesque! Glad you and your family had such an amazing trip! I'm in for Africa! :)

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  64. Such beautiful pictures, I'm in love with Venice now <3

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  65. what a great vacation! loving the pics and those masks looks really cool!

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  66. The Murano glass factory in Venice is amazing! It is so difficult not to purchase all their products.

    Jo

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  67. Venice is such an amazing and beautiful city. I`m happy for you that you had an amazing italy trip and vacation and it is really nice to hear that you enjoyed it so much.
    I wish you happy friday and a amazing weekend.
    xo, Petra

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  68. Oh My Gosh I am so jealous. How fabulous are your photos. Looks like you had a wonderful time. XoXo

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  69. bellissime foto (; Reb, xoxo.

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  70. Such a nice collection of Venice moments! =)

    xo,
    Sylvia @ WorldTasting

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  71. Great blog! I really like it! :)


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  72. Looks like you had a big 'ol Italian blast!! Obsessed with that Gypsy05 maxi- adorbs :)

    Xo
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  73. Amazing Photos! Looks like a great trip!

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  74. I love your pics. Italy is like a second home to me. My family and I use to go to Italy every other weekend, so I can say that you saw the most beautiful places out there. http://www.fabuloustorture.com/category/blog/

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  75. I love these pictures girl! Looks like a wonderful trip.

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  76. i'm beyond jealous, it looks like you had a blast! and i'm dying for that dotted // Dalmatian print dress you wore with the floppy hat at st. marks square... adorable! if you go to Africa next, go to the giraffe hotel! it's this amazing place where elephants and giraffes roam the property and the balcony's have giraffe feeders so they pop their heads in your hotel room and you can feed them! it's amazing, please go s i can live vicariously through you :]

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  77. These photos are so breathtaking! It looks like you had such an amazing time. I would absolutely love to go to Italy one day.

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  78. Ah wow Anna. You have me missing Venice all over again. Your photos are so beautiful! It looks like you had the most magical time. Yes definitely start planning a trip to Africa ;)

    Love from South Africa

    Arum Lilea

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  79. Amazing photos! You are an incredibly chic tourist!

    Ditty and Sugar

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  80. Wow, how beautiful! I have never been to Italy... it is high on my list for Europe. You should do a post on how to pack fashionably for vacations!

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  81. Venice looks wonderful! I think you were there around the same time as one of my close guy friends, which is kind of awesome! (He basically just took lots of pictures of everything...including a serious amount of selfies with Roman statues, pft). I'm glad it was such an awesome time for y'all!

    xo
    Sue

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  82. You looked so stylish in all of your pictures! You should do a post on how to pack for Europe. Glad you had fun, thanks for sharing your experiences!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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