I was so lucky to get the opportunity to live in Venice for two months! Now i'm back and scrolling down all the pictures I took, feeling so blessed and so creative. Venice is by far the most inspiring and magical city i've ever been to. And to experience it as a non-tourist is even better. I completely changed into a true venetian. Living in Castello, I went to an Italian language school, met amazing people from all around the world, crashed a party on an Island, went on boattrips with complete strangers (looking like harry styles(?), that caught me off guard...) ate loads of pasta feeling like Julia Roberts in Eat, pray, love and had a gelato almost every day. We had a coffee and a brioche every morning at the bar and had our lunch with our red wines every day by the water. I've lived a complete and utter dream the past few months. But it's not over yet. I can't believe i'll be living in New York City in a month!
Venezia tips/ tricks/ advice ....
The crime rate in Venice is very, very low. So if you're having lunch with your friends and cute guys in a boat are picking you up, go for it. They're probably very responsible and nice. If one of them is named Filippo: let me know plz.
If you're on a budget (or not), go to a little lunchbar in Santa Croce, near Piazza le Roma called
Bacareto da lele, they sell the most delicious little sandwiches for 1 euro and you can have a wine for 60 cents! It's usually very crowded so don't be polite and stand in line, but push your way through it like a true Italian.
If you're not on a budget, go to the restaurant Remer near to the Rialto bridge. It has the most gorgeous view on the Grand Canal and has live music every night. Also, there some really nice waiters, if you happen to see Silvio, please say Hi.
G.R.O.M defo has the best gelato. (see what i did there)
The Peggy Guggenheim Museum has some famous artworks, but also has an great atmosphere.
You have to visit a little Island called Burano, which you can see on the fourth photo. This colourful Island will brighten up your day, no matter how grey it was.
Look for a concert from the most famous venetian reggae band Ska-J. They put their audience in the best mood and are just so cool.
My last tip is to explore the city at 2 am. The city is empty and at it's most beautiful at this time. You'll be on your own and you can do everything you want. So dance, sing and run through the city. You'll feel like you're in a movie.
Oh and drink loads of Aperol Spritz.
Baci, baci, baci