Dream Weekend: Northern Italy

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After playing Assassin's Creed II, I've had the irrational feeling that I've already been to Venice. Oh, all the time I've spent collecting feathers on rooftops and visiting Leonardo da Vinci at his studio. The doge's palace is nothing new, as I've climbed up the side of it a hundred times. Of course, actually visiting the Venice would be different but I have a feeling the game may have actually improved my understanding of the city. 

I would start the weekend by waking up at Villa Feltrinelli on Lake Garda before having a latte, a pastry, and yogurt with fruit. I'd spend the morning boating around the lake and enjoying a drink by the pool before heading to Venice. Lunch would be grilled vegetables, buffalo mozzarella, and strawberry semifreddo from Caffe Florian. Later in the day, I'd have a bit of organic gelato from Grom. I'd spend the afternoon wandering around, shopping, and looking at beautiful vintage jewelry at Attilio Codognato. For dinner, I'd find the best outdoor dining around and have fresh pasta with lemon and lots of prosecco. Later, I'd go for a walk, maybe have a bellini, and find some live music.

Sunday morning would begin with brunch at Al Parlamento accompanied by a live band. The rest of the morning would be spent getting very, very lost while exploring all of the amazing architecture. I would have my obligatory Italian pizza lunch at Antico Forno and perhaps more gelato from Grom. I'd take the afternoon to see the works of Tintoretto and Giorgione at the Gallerie dell'Accademia. Dinner would be at the famous Locanda Cipriani, which was frequented by Hemingway and has been visited by Queen Elizabeth II as well as many other royals. After dinner, there would be more prosecco and a performance at Musica a Palazzo where each act takes place in a different room of the palazzo.

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