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Gladstn London Journeys to Venice

The Gladstonian Journal invites you into the stylish and exciting world of Gladstn London, sharing new experiences, connections and possibilities. We all have a weakness or two in life and ours is beautiful bags and travel! So we aim to inspire you by exploring diverse aspects of modern life and curating a distinctive style all enjoyed with a Gladstn London bag by our side.

If our bags could talk, where would they say they had been? For this Gladstn London Journey we’re in romantic and charming Venice as seen through the eyes of our travel companion, the journey of a luxury tote bag, the Hampton tote in Truffle
So where should we start in Venice?
It has to be the Piazza San Marco & Ponte dei Sospiri

Piazza San Marco is the most famous square in Venice. A central gathering place for Venetians throughout history. it's home to San Marco Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the famous clock tower. Once described by Napoleon as the finest drawing room in Europe, it makes for the perfect place to start a visit to this beautiful city.

A short walk to the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), the famous limestone bridge crossing the Rio di Palazzo canal, connecting the Doge’s Palace and the prison. Commissioned by Doge Marino Grimani, the enclosed passageway was named for the “sighs” of the prisoners who passed over it. Tradition holds that if a couple kisses while passing underneath the bridge in a gondola they will enjoy eternal love!


For a love of art & architecture

The grand canal and all its architecture viewed from your choice of water vessel is a must do. At the narrowest point of the canal stands the oldest bridge, Rialto. Constructed in the late sixteenth century it is one of finest examples of engineering and architecture. No meander down the grand canal would be complete without a stop at the Guggenheim for those who like to devour their art.


Everyday journeys on the squares and bridges of Venice

This is a favourite thing to do for a sense of authentic Venetian life. Venice is a walkable city and the atmosphere created by the narrow streets, tiny squares and beautiful bridges makes it a great place to explore and unwind. The fish market in San Polo and the views from San Giorgio Maggiore are a must.

For those who prefer a little further afield…..Murano & Burano

Two of the most beautiful islands near Venice, Murano & Burano are a must if you want a little downtime from the city. Burano, famous for its courlourful buildings and leaning clock tower is perfect for a more laid back vibe. Murano, world famous for its glass making offers a more intimate look at local Venetian life. Visit both in a day.


And finally the very serious question of where for our aperitivo and somewhere to eat!


For us it’s a Venetian spritz & Cicchetti in Campo San Polo or Campo Santo Stefano. We have many favourite places to eat in this city but a must-visit is Osteria la Zucca and Osteria Fanal del Codega. And of course if you have need for coffee, cake or ice-cream on your visit we love these – Caffe del Doge, Pasticceria Tonolo  and Gelateria il Doge!

A wonderful city of history, culture, art, squares & bridges, tiny colourful streets and the amazing food and drink. Have bag will travel! Enjoy Venice!

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