After making my way from Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, I finally arrived at Venice. I was so excited to finally visit this beautiful, romantic destination after dreaming of it from movies and pictures. There are 118 small islands of land connected by more than 400 bridges which made it easy to get lost in its beauty. With its gondolas, canals, romantic ambiance, Venice will slap you in the face with its beauty.
I arrived to the most picturesque waterways, I felt like I was just imported into a painting.
Rialto Vaporreto Stop, 31024 Venice, Italy
The Rialto bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the grand canal where water taxis, vaporettos, gondolas pass through. If you just walk around Venice, you will definitely pass by this iconic bridge full of hustle and bustle with some shopping nearby. It’s a great spot to look at sunset.
Saint Mark’s Basilica
San Marco 328, 30124 Venice, Italy
Another classic touristy spot that gets really busy, but it’s not to miss. You can go in for free entry but they charge a few euros to see certain paintings. The building itself outside is spectacular with its gold colors on its intricate architecture. Warning, do not come here when it’s pouring. We were in luck and just missed the flood a few weeks later and people were floating in their little tubes in Mark’s Square.
Campanile di San Marco
Campanile di San Marco is the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica. I’m not huge on tourist traps on going up for “the view” but this is definitely quite a sight to see, especially during sunset.
After a short elevator ride up, it leads you to incredible views on the top!I highly recommend going up top, the panoramic views you get of the city is truly unique of its own. Go at sunset!
Location: San Marco 328, 31024 Venice, Italy
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Hours: Varies by season, check the website for more details
Price: 8 euros/person
No trip to Venice is complete without an iconic gondola ride. Yes it may be cliche because everyone does it and they even have an imitation gondola ride in Vegas. However, it is still very Venetian and historic. We decided to change it up and did a walking night tour and Gondola ride with Viator. We soaked in the history while walking through the narrow alleys in Venice and ended the night with a peaceful and serene ride on the gondola along the Venice canals. One thing about doing the gondola ride at night time is it is not ideal for photography, I still recommend riding the gondola during the daytime so you can capture these classic memories in daylight.
Fried scampis, squids, and vegetables (17 euros)
Pasta spaghetti with seafood (14 euros).
Sea bass filet with cherry, cherry tomatoes, capers, black olives, and potatoes. (17 euros)
Strawberries scented with balsamic vinegar and Mascarpone Cream (7 euros).
Location: Calle dei Stagner 5251, 30124 Venice, Italy
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Hours: Every day 12pm-3pm and 7pm-12am
Stars: 4 out of 5
This was probably the best meal out of our trip. The remaining was spent with quick bites to eat in cafes. Make sure you see a menu with prices and check your bill when entering these cafes!
+ The fried shrimp and shrimp was fresh and the batter was light and crispy.
+ Overall flavor was light and fresh to truly taste the seafood.
Tip: Make a reservation directly on their website
Whether you’re a romantic or not, I promise Venice will win your heart. Everything felt surreal and looked like a painting.
I recommend staying 1 – 2 days in Venice minimum to see the island as everything is easily walkable. Make sure you book hotels in advance and expect pricier hotels and smaller rooms. Be mindful and stay near the train station or airport if you do not want to carry large luggage or take additional transportation to your hotel. Be prepared for a beautiful, yet crowded experience.
Now go enjoy, get lost in its beauty!