With its colourful buildings, gorgeous canals and romantic charm it is no wonder Venice is one of the most popular European destinations. The following article will be looking at how to get to Venice, where to stay, what to do and where to eat during your time in this spectacular city!
Things to keep in mind when visiting Venice –
To start off there are some important expectations you should have before visiting Venice –
- First of all, being such a popular tourist city it is of course inundated with tourists. Especially in summer at around midday the streets are absolutely packed.
- An arguably adverse result of its popularity is the price of accommodation, restaurants and activities which are higher than your average destination.
- While there are people trying to take advantage of tourists in most cities, I found it to be particularly prevalent in Venice. If someone walks up to you and tries to give you a rose, put a bracelet on you or a scarf around your neck be very stern and firm in saying no and keep walking. As soon as you accept one of these items they will insist you pay 20 euros. I unfortunately had a situation where an individual kept trying to put a rose in my bag and shove one between my camera, it was fine in the end but I did have to raise my voice and it was fairly unpleasant.
I state these things not to deter you from visiting Venice in the slightest, these occurrences did not detract from my experience significantly at all! It is just my hope that sharing some of my experiences will help you prepare for some of the negatives of certain destinations 🙂
How to get to Venice
It is just as easy to travel to Venice independently however! There is a train station in Venice that this is connected to major stations such as Rome. It is also possible to fly to Venice via the Venice Marco Polo Airport.
Where to stay in Venice
What might come as a surprise is that most people visit Venice as a day trip, consequently (especially in summer) it is absolutely packed between 11am -7pm. Because of this I would really recommend staying in Venice as opposed to basing yourself on the mainland. While it is more expensive to stay in Venice, I was able to find a 2 star hotel and for me, getting a chance to explore the streets and take photos without the bustle of tourists was absolutely worth the extra money! However, if this is not a priority of yours then it is really simple to catch a bus from the mainland into Venice and will cost you about 6 euros each way.
While in Venice I stayed at Hotel Falier. This was a really simple, clean and well located accommodation option.
Where to eat in Venice
There is an unwritten rule that when in Italy you must eat pizza, pasta or gelato at least once a day… or if you are me, all three every day 😛
Some places I really enjoyed during my stay were:
- Al Bottegon
- Gelateria lo Squero
Venice has an array of amazing gelato options on offer but do beware of the tourist trap venues that are not authentic or made on premises. If you are wondering how to spot authentic Italian gelato visit my article SAI Food: The Best Gelato in Italy (will be published soon!).
What to do in Venice
Free Walking Tour
I particularly enjoyed doing a Free Walking Tour in Venice because it is a city that has a long and rich history. It was really interesting hearing about the culture of the region and how it has developed over the centuries. Remember that free walking tours rely on tips so budget this into your costs if you are planning on participating 🙂
Piazza San Marco
Extremely busy but very stunning, Piazza San Marco is the principal public square of Venice.
Unfortunately Rialto Bridge was under construction when I was in Venice last year but even with the construction I could still see how beautiful it was! It is also the oldest bridge across The Grand Canal.
Saint Mark’s Basilica
Saint Mark’s Basilica is the most famous church in Venice. It is known for its opulent design, gold ground mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power.
Stretching from the lagoon near the Santa Lucia Railway Station all the way to the Saint Mark Basin, The Grand Canal is a major water-traffic corridor and is one of the most recognizable areas of Venice.
Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs is a 16th century enclosed bridge made of limestone. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) to the former interrogation rooms in Doge’s Palace. Interestingly fact! The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment…
Venice is a classic destination that will undoubtedly remain a highlight of Europe for decades to come. Not only a picturesque city to behold but a destination with a fascinating history and rich culture. You should definitely add Venice to you next Italian adventure!
If you have any questions feel free to comment below 🙂
Suitcase And I was not commissioned to write this article and as always, the opinions in this review are my own.