Let me start by saying that if Venice is not yet on your “places to visit” list then it should get on there asap.
I have always been fascinated by Venice, there mere fact that it’s called the “floating city” with history that is centuries old, one can not help but be intrigued.
Arriving in Venice, you quickly realise that you should have invested in a GREAT pair of comfortable walking shoes!
As you exit the airport be sure to follow the signs to the Public Transport Water Taxi system – (About 7 min walk)
Once you arrive you can buy the ticket to the destination you need to go to. There is a BLUE & ORANGE line, so be sure to confirm on which boat you need to go.
It’s here where your hotel transfer in private boat taxi can also assist. (It all depends on your arrangements)
Once you have arrived at the closest station to your destination or hotel, it will be very easy to travel the majority of Venice on foot. There is going to be a lot of walking in your near future if you are planning to visit Venice 😉
There is a lot of small passageways and buildings connected by small bridges and stairs.
The one main and world famous bridge is the Rialto bridge which stretches of the Grand Canal. This bridge was completed in 1591 and is an amazing piece of architecture in it’s own right. The Rialto region is also a great central area to stay in, if you are not sure where to book your stay.
Following the signs on the walls of most passageway entrances will give you a sense of direction as to where to go to reach the different sides of Venice.
San Marco Piazza is amazing. It is at this world famous square you will find historical buildings like the the St Mark’s Basilica -It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine Architecture.
It is also at this square that you will find small cafe’s where you will be serenaded by live bands, especially at night.
Next to the square there is a lot of things happening. You have a large Gondola station where you will pay 80 Euro for a 30min Gondola ride through part of the city’s canals.
There is also vendors exhibiting goods to purchase, it is here where you can find great souvenirs, as well as masks, hats and local artists exhibiting amazing painting of Venice.
Just a minutes walk from the square you will find a beautiful view of the Santa Maria Della Salute.
Visiting Venice is any photographer’s dream and you will find beautiful things to photograph everywhere you look.
You don’t need to spend more than 3 days in Venice to be able to see most of what it has on offer.
While you are there be sure to book yourself a trip to the Islands of Burano, Murano (Famous for the Glass Factory) and Torcello. Its a half day trip and cost about 18 Euro pp.
My favorite of the islands was Burano, which is a beautiful island filled with beautiful lace and silk items to purchase as well as colourful fisherman’s houses that just adds to the town’s charm.
You can book tickets online for this or at the ticket office, but be warned this is a really popular trip so book at least a day in advance.
Now to my favorite part of visiting Italy was the mere fact that you can indulge in Pasta, Pizza and Wine and you don’t feel guilty at ALL!!
The food there just taste different and amazing, not even to mention the Gelato…it is definitely a city where you have do indulge a little bit.
I love descovering new things, new tastes or thing I have never tried, so one highlight of the trip was finding and tasting my new favorite wine…it’s called Prosecco and its AMAZINGGG! It is an Italian White Wine and come Fizzy (Prosecco DOC), semi sparkling or tranquilo (Still wine). Do yourself a favour and find out from your local wine bar or liquor store if they stock it and try it! You will thank me later!