Ciao Amici, It’s Travel Thursday! Which means it my favorite day of the month. Today I’m posting about our trip to Venezia. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since our trip to this wonderful city. Venezia is truly a beautiful city capable of taking your breath away. The whole time we were there I felt like I was daydreaming. If you have a chance to travel to Italy, make sure to stop in Venezia. This city is like no other, with its canals, alleyways, the colorful and luxurious buildings, and the food… the food is to die for.
It is said Venezia is an expensive city, and while this is true, I know you can visit this fancy-shmancy city on a friendly budget. I’ve included budget-friendly tips throughout the post so you can better plan your next trip to this gorgeous city.
The main Venetian sights you can view are San Marco square with its Basilica and bell tower, the Canal Grande, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, and the Bridge of Sighs to name a few. many of these sights are located in the same area next to Piazza San Marco, so it is very easy to see them all in one day.
Tip: To view some areas of the San Marco Basilica you must buy a separate ticket. The ticket itself is not very expensive, but the tour is very short. If you want to experience a once in a lifetime show free of charge, attend the evening mass. It so happens that the mass is held right around sunset when the lights are switched on inside the Basilica. In a matter of seconds, the Basilica lights up with a bright golden hue, making all the mosaics and gold affrescos shine even brighter!
Venezia is filled with luxurious and extravagant hotels. You can choose to stay at one of the many grand hotels overlooking the Canal Grande and experience your stay a la Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in the Tourist.
Tip: If you want to save some money, just look up Airbnb. Chances are you won’t spend much time at your Airbnb, but rather exploring the city and its surroundings.
If you are the type of person who enjoys big crowds and sightseeing but also needs time to wind down, I highly recommend renting an Airbnb by Rialto Bridge. This is mostly a residential area very close to all the main sights. By staying in Rialto you can enjoy Venice fully, while still enjoying your sleepy time.
Caffe Vergano is located in the heart of Rialto overseeing the canal. Many people come to Caffe Vergano and the other nearby restaurants to enjoy an Aperitivo (appetizer) or grab a quick bite during the day. Before traveling to Venezia I heard about a local dish called Cicchetti, plates of assorted of small snacks or side dishes similar to the Spanish Tapas. We really enjoyed trying these tempting snacks. I think my favorite was the one topped with Baccalà (salted cod). Definitely one for the books!
Tip: Cicchetti are very inexpensive and quite filling, 3-5 euro per plate. Instead of buying a whole meal, buy a few Cicchetti plates to share with your friends.
After a whole day sightseeing and walking (so much walking!), a hearty warm meal is the definition of perfection. Da Mamo serves delicious pasta dishes, pizza, and fine wines. This cozy restaurant also serves some authentic Venitian delicacies like Linguine al nero di seppia, delicious linguine cooked in a savory squid ink sauce. Chris was so excited to try it. I tried some and I have to say it was really good, just know your teeth will be black for a few hours. Definitely not a date approved dish!
All around Piazza San Marco you can find very nice cafes. On a regular day, you can go to the main square and see handsome waiters serving spritzers while dressed in fancy tuxedos. My husband really wanted to sit at a cafe and enjoy an afternoon drink a la James Bond. There are so many cafes to chose from, but if you want to enjoy your drink in front of a killer view, I highly recommend Al Tudero. And if you are not in the mood for an alcoholic drink, you should definitely try their artisanal gelato.
There’s so much to see and do in Venezia. I loved taking it slow and walking around the fish market, shopping for souvenirs, and getting lost among the many alleys and windy roads. Venezia is so gorgeous that even a short walk can turn into an incredible memory. Give it a try!
When one thinks of Venice, you automatically imagine the Canal Grande and the lack of roads. I honestly thought traveling through Venice was going to be a headache, but boy was I wrong! It’s true there are no roads for cars, but you can walk pretty much everywhere. And if you can’t get there by foot, you can always ride a traghetto (waterbus) around the city. A travel pass for a whole day is only € 6,00 a day.
Riding a gondola is the perfect way to experience the city on a romantic date, but can be expensive. A typical 40 minutes gondola ride costs € 80,00.
Tip: Make good use of your travel pass by hopping on a waterbus and viewing the city while sitting comfortably.
I hope you enjoyed this quick travel guide and my few tips. Let me know if you have any question by leaving a comment below. Until next month 😉