5 Spots That Make Venice The Perfect Place For A Writer’s Retreat

Poetic spots in a city made for an artist’s inspiration.

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Photo: Amanda Rodrigues

Venice is, hands down, the most poetic place I have ever been. The silence and stillness of water lapping against its shores at night is beyond inspiring; it’s the perfect place for a writer’s retreat. If you choose to write in any of these dreamy spots, make sure to let me know in the comments below, so I can live vicariously through you!

1. Atop a rooftop

Venice features some of the world’s best rooftops, with amazingly beautiful views to boot. Just pick your favorite rooftop, grab a pen and begin!

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Photo: Amanda Rodrigues

2. St. Mark’s Square

Eager writers should be careful with this one or else you may end up paying 20 euros for a cup of coffee. Choose your seat wisely and feel free to sit on the steps; you’ll be fine as long as the security officers have their backs turned away from you.

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3. On a bench

All around Venice are secret little benches, generally overlooking a canal that provides a safe haven on their own. Some of the best benches are on Giudecca – an island slightly below the mainland, or located near the Accademia Bridge.

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Photo: Amanda Rodrigues

4. In a gelato shop

Nothing gets you through your afternoon writing like some gelato at Gelateria Nico a Venezia by the Grand Canal. Pro tip: order a giant sundae with an enormous bar of chocolate sticking out of the top; you’re best ideas ever are sure to come!

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Photo: Amanda Rodrigues

5. In a square

Also known as a piazza, Venice is full of them. At any time of the day, they are the perfect place for romantic Italian eavesdropping and a brainstorming session with a delicious café con leche.

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Photo: Amanda Rodrigues

Amanda Rodrigues


When Amanda is not traveling the world, she is developing her writing skills and working on manuscripts. Her favorite cities are Barcelona, Venice and home!

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