Venice was the first stop on our two-week world wind trip to Italy. We spent three days in this beautiful city. If you are planning on going to Italy, I would make Venice a destination as there is no place quite like it. This post will walk you through the details of my trip and can be used as your travel guide for Venice.
Arriving in Venice
We landed in Venice in the morning and decided to catch a bus into the city. Of course, we were jet-lagged and found our hotel first. Luckily our hotel was a short walk from where the bus dropped off. Traveling by bus is going to be the least expensive way to get into the city. We crossed the main bridge and entered into Venice.
Pro Tip: Do your research before booking a hotel in Venice as some of them can be very challenging to get to due to the water canals.
After dropping off our bags, we purchased a water taxi (Vaporetto) pass and hopped on to start getting a scenic tour of the city by boat. We spent most of the first day taking the different routes and exploring the Grand Canal.
Pro tip: Get the multi-day pass to take the water taxi. It is pretty much a necessity to getting around the different parts of Venice.
Day 2 in Venice
Feeling much more refreshed after a good night’s sleep. We jumped on the water taxi and started out toward St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco). This square is well-known worldwide as it is home to the Basilica di San Marco and Doge’s Palace. It is also home to a lot of pigeons and people trying to feed them. We got in line to enter Basilica di San Marco. The church was built in 832 AD and is very impressive inside and out. Admission is free unless you want to go to certain special access points. Plan to spend at least 1 hour here.
Pro Tip: Certain churches won’t let you in unless your shoulders are covered. Keep a scarf in your bag just in case.
After exiting the church, we walked over to Doge’s Palace. The Doge’s ruled in Venice until 1797. Inside the palace, you can see where the Doge lived, the rooms where government proceedings were held and where the prisoners were kept.
While in Doge’s Palace you cross over the Bridge of Sighs. It got its famed name from prisoners walking over the bridge on the way to their cells and them sighing as they get a last glimpse of Venice. Expect to spend at least 2 hours at the palace.
Day 3 in Venice
After hitting several of the hot spots, we get off the water taxi route to explore some side streets to get the local’s perspective.
We walked up the famous Rialto Bridge. The bridge is an iconic landmark in Venice. It was built in the late 1580’s on 12,000 wooden pilings. The bridge served as one of the main points to cross over the grand canal. On the bridge and the surrounding areas, there are street vendors hand-made crafts and souvenirs.
We finished our last late afternoon in Venice by heading over to the island of Lido. Lido is a beach area where the water is very calm to swim in. The streets are lined with restaurants and gelato stands. You can get there by water taxi, but make sure you keep track of the water taxi schedule so you don’t get stranded. Our last night in Venice was capped off by a moonlight boat ride, which seemed like it was straight out of a movie scene.
Venice is a must-see when traveling to Italy. There aren’t many places like it. I would love to hear your travel guide for Venice. What are your favorite sites?