I find Venice such a magical city with all its canals, gondolas, and winding streets. It’s one of those places that is on everyone’s “top destinations” or “must see list” and full of tourists no matter what time of year you go. I have only ever been in winter, if you do go in the ‘shoulder season’ which will be the most affordable way to see Venice, be prepared to get your waterproof shoes, jacket and umbrellas out as it’s always raining.
We flew in late at night and didn’t get to experience the Venice charm until the morning but waking up and looking out the window to the canals and the pretty rustic houses was a great way to start the morning. Just look how charming it is.
Day One – Islands of Venice
Starting off the morning with a coffee is a must! Just like the Italians, have your espresso standing and don’t pay more than €1.20.
After the espresso ‘pick me up’ start your first day by visiting the other islands of Venice, Murano and Burano. A ticket for the ferries is €20 and gives you 24 hours to use the ticket. There are a few ferries that you can catch to Murano, one of the easiest is the way is to catch the 4.1 or 4.2 ferry.
Murano is famous for its glass making and it is a ‘must’ to visit one of the factories. Once you get off the ferry follow the road to the left, keep walking until you get to the glass factory. The factory offers a demonstration on how they make Venetian glass. Their craftsmanship is incredible, he made this in about three minutes!
Once you’re finished watching the master glass craftsmen, head outside and turn left, follow the signs to Murano centre. Once you’re ready to leave catch the ferry back from section b. If you’re like us and don’t realise you can’t also Burano, you catch this from a different dock in Murano. It’s ferry number 12 and it takes about 45 minutes from Venice to get to Burano.
Burano is full of colourful house and is so picturesque! Look at all the colours.
On our way back we got extremely lost and ended up catching about seven or eight ferries!
Finish the afternoon with some Italian gelato. My recommendation is Qelateria Artuquanale. With plentiful choices, we had to have two flavours and quite cheaply at €2.50 each.
Day Two – City Centre, Canals and Getting Lost
As you’re in Italy start the day off with another espresso and followed by exploring Venice more. Normally we like to get a sense of a city with a walking tour but did a self-guided tour this time.
Go to the Grand Canal, Piazze San Marco, Bridge of Sighs, Saint Mark’s Basilica. Rialto Bridge and the cute street you will stumble upon.
One of the best things is getting lost down the little side street, we found this wonderful wine and tapas bar by taking some random back streets it was Bacaro Risorto on Camp S. Provolo.
After a day of walking what better way to refuel than a great pasta place! We found a place called Fried Land and totally recommend trying it. It’s a little hole in the wall, with a table that can fit about two people standing around it and the pasta was absolutely amazing! Plus for Venice, it was good value at €15 euros for two plates of pasta and a large beer to share.
To finish off the night, head to Pub Venezia. Italy is not known to have pubs, it’s mainly a bar scene but Pub Venezia showcases some great Italian beers. What a great way to end a trip, great food and beer. Until next time!
What were you favourite experiences in Venice? Did you enjoy getting lost down the little side streets? Let me know in the comments!