Venice / Italy / Europe. Yes I admit, venice is truly one of my favourite cities in europe, therefore I’ve visited this place for a few times right now. It’s just too beautiful there, I love the flair, everybody who has ever visited the city of canals knows what I mean. It’s always nice to be there, you’ll ever find new ways, architecture, buildings or bars where you haven’t been yet so far. It’s really a special site to be. My last trip to this beauty in the adriatic is almost a few month ago, more precisely in september last year, there my honey and I spent a few days in venice for sightseeing. For me, venezia – how the italians call the city – is also the starting point for a lot of my trips, because there’s a large airport located close to the town with good connections into the south of europe.
This place is located in the north eastern of italy and it’s also the capital of the veneto region. Together with Padua and Treviso, the city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area which is considered a statistical metropoleon area with a total population of 2.6 million. Did you also know that the historic centre of venice is located on more than 100 small islands, they are separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. The islands are in the shallow venetian lagoon and with a part of the city they’re listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Venice has a lot of different names as “La Dominante”, “La Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, City of Masks”, “City of Bridges” or “The Floating City”. This place has also played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music and it’s also the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.
So are you ready for a trip to this amazing place? Then I’ll tell you a few tips for a safe trip.
First of all you’re doing well when you don’t take a hotel in the historic centre of venice, my tip: stay in mestre around the railway station. The hotels there are cheap with good standard, you can park the car in one of the parking garage for a day rate and if you don’t eat directly in the old town you can also find in mestre everywhere something for a meal of your choice. It’s one of the last cities in front of venezia so you can reach the centre easily by train. Although the city has to handle a high problem: the excessive number of tourists. Venice is a very popular tourist destination, a major cultural centre and has been ranked many times the most beautiful city in the world – so it’s really famous! Therefore it’s better to visit this romantic place not at the main season, better at the month january, march (but not around easter), april, may, september, october or november.
What are the typical things you can do in Venice?
A trip to this beautiful city without seeing the canal grande or the marcus place isn’t an option. At every trip to venice we handle it, that we start our sightseeing tour at the railway station santa lucia, then we decide on which side we go. Last year we took the left way and found very cute places away from the tourist mass. Also a nice route is to start at the ponte degli scalzi, go through santa croce and go left along the rio de la cazziola e e ca’rizzi always straight ahead in the direction to the bridge ponte longo. This way isn’t a mainstream route so you have enough time to watch the colourful life in good old venice, find paradise places, green oases and very cute restaurants or quaint bars. Arrived at the bridge you can stroll further to the beautiful Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute – it’s really a famous one, especially with the dome. Tip: If you’re searching for a great photo point, you can go to ponte dell’accademia, from there you’ve a very good view to the basilica.
Typical for the first sightseeing tour through venezia is a stop at the famous la piazza san marco, followed by a visit at the palazzo ducale and the ponte dei sospiri. Also characteristic for these places are a flock of pigeons and the beautiful gondolas. A walk through the Doge’s Palace is always worth to see, also the St. Mark’s Campanile should be on your list – it’s the bell tower of the St. Mark’s Basilica with you see from fare away, because he’s 98.6 meter high. From the top you’ve also a great view over the city, you’re doing well if you buy the tickets online and if it’s available pay the extra costs for a skip the line ticket, you’re travelling at a main season.
Also not missing on your list should be a walk over the rialto bridge with beautiful view over the canal grande. For a break with coffee or vine, it’s better not to choose a main place so walk a few streets away, you’ll find better service with a lower price. Nice to see is this romantic city also by night – but don’t confuse it with a strong party life – venice is so to say silent at night, here and there you’ll see some open bars but real party clubs can’t found here. At night this city is such a peaceful place, silent, without tourists but with beautiful lights.
Last but not least should be on your list a visit to murano, burano & torcello – so hop on a vaporetto and swoosh off to the islands. Each one has an own flair und is better than the other one, murano is just 10 minutes away from venice. Good to know is also that cars are forbidden, there’re no streets just water streets. To visit burano it’s a 40 minutes drive from the starting point, also the houses there are colourful, every single one is completely different. The smallest one is torcello your walk through the whole island will just take 15 minutes, it’s also the calmest and most natural one.
10 Tips for your visit in Venice
#1 It’s a car free zone – so you have to walk most of the time by foot – take good comfortable shoes
#2 Don’t feed the pigeons, you can even get a penalty for this!
#3 Keep attentions of the different prices from restaurant & bars, take some local away from the mainstream with lower prices
#4 When your feet don’t carry you anymore, take a Vaporetto, it’s cheaper than a gondola and also practical
#5 Buy for entrances the ticket online and if it’s available book also a skip-the line-ticket
#6 You can also find at a few places drinking fountains, where you can fill your bottle for free
#7 After the city sightseeing you can also take a break at the island lido, where you’ll find a 10km long golden sandy beach
#8 Book a tour with a Local and learn so much about the history, insights and some unknown places
#9 Keep always a handy map with you, because it’s normal to get lost into the alleyways which aren’t always well documented
#10 Visit artisan shops, in some of them you can also see how the local work at their products. It’s even more probably to find these shops in back alleys
Venice is one of my fav cities in the world, everything I saw exceeded my expectations.
Hotel tip for mestre Leonardo Royal ****
Parking garage costs around € 10,00 per day and it’s next to the hotel
Train from mestre to venice € 1,50 for each person and drive; railway station is around 5min from the hotel