Venice in 3 Days: Part 2

DAY THREE

I wanted to stay longer in Venice, but to be honest, in three days we were able to see the majority of what we wanted. We may not have had time to take as many leisurely strolls and get lost in back alleys, but we did check off almost every major sight we wanted to see. Venice is very tiny, and my advice would be to spend no more than four days there. We’re looking forward to returning to Italy and driving on the back roads and getting lost in the beautiful country.

Jewish Ghetto – Plaque to remember those that died in the Holocaust

On day three we awake and did some local shopping. There are tons of shops – and many of them sell very similar if not the same items. Feel free to price around and see where you can get the biggest bang for your buck.

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After shopping we went off to a tour of Museo Ebraico & the Jewish Ghetto. This is an absolute must. Unfortunately pictures are not allowed in the synagogues – so you cannot capture the beauty and charm and share the images with your friends. But trust us when we say it is well worth the money. You get to tour several synagogues and learn more about the Venetian Jewish community. Because Jews were not only not allowed outside of the Jewish Ghetto but their houses as well – there are passage ways between buildings so that you can get from synagogue to synagogue. Some of the synagogues are still in use for the annual Yom Kippur services. We especially loved the story about how Jews would throw stones out of the second floor windows of a synagogue – but had to make sure not to hit the gondoliers.

Ristorante Ghimel Garden

After our tour we walked it David’s Shop and fell in love with a couple of pieces that we quickly purchased. It’s a great little shop with David being a warm and delightful guy. Somewhat sick of eating at Gam Gam at this point, we asked him if there was anywhere else to eat that was kosher. He said to try Ristorante Ghimel Garden. We asked if it was better than Gam Gam. His response – Gam Gam is like eating food made in Bangladesh, if we want to taste true Italian food we needed to go to Ristorante Ghimel Garden.  And boy was he right!

Ristorante Ghimel Garden

Ristorante Ghimel Garden

Ristorante Ghimel Garden

Ristorante Ghimel Garden

We entered Ristorante Ghimel Garden with low expectations. Due to a language barrier we didn’t understand that it was a buffet meal. We waited for a bit and then the food came pouring out wave after wave (after wave!). We proceeded to eat for two hours straight. When we thought we couldn’t eat anymore we would spy a waiter coming out with a dish we hadn’t seen before and we quickly ran over to eat some more. I kid you not when I say this is the BEST DAIRY RESTAURANT we have EVER eaten at. So if you find yourself in Venice, you MUST go here if you want to experience truly amazing food.

Ristorante Ghimel Garden

With our bellies maxed out we waddled back to our hotel (Hotel Arcadia) and caught a vaporetto back to the airport. We were sad to leave Venice – it was such a relaxing experience.

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