Ciao! It’s official, Venice stole my heart! There is a reason this place is so famous. Venice is unlike any city I’ve seen, as travel is done on foot or boat only. There is so much rich history to experience and explore. Every small alley you walk down is so charming and romantic, making it that much harder to put down the camera. Below I’m sharing all the details of my Venetian holiday and tips to help you plan your stay.
Where To Stay
Location, location, location! I stayed at Hotel Concordia, which is a one minute walk to Saint Mark’s Basilica. We were able to get a decent deal here and breakfast was included. If you plan on going in the summer I highly suggest booking a hotel at least 5 months in advance to get the best deal possible. Summer is peak tourist season in Venice and the better hotels tend to sell out quickly.
What To See/ Do
- St. Mark’s Basilica
- Take a gondola ride (prices range from 80 to 120 euros depending on the time of day you go)
- Doge’s Place
- Piazza San Marco
- Rialto Bridge
- Bridge Of Sighs
- San Marco Companile
- Basilica Di Santa Maria Della Salute
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection
- Get Lost. You can’t truly appreciate Venice until you get lost in the streets. Grab a gelato from Venchi and aimlessly wander through the neighbourhoods.
Venice Travel Tips
Avoid restaurants with pictures of food. These tend to be tourist traps with expensive price tags and low quality food.
Don’t order pizza. I’ll tell you the blunt truth about pizza in Venice… it’s just not that good. This might sound weird to not get pizza when in Italy, but let me tell you Venice is not known for pizza. In fact wood burning ovens were outlawed in Venice after the Opera fire, except for a few which were grandfathered in. Instead I recommend Dal Moro’s. Chose anyone of their pastas, you will not be disappointed.
When ordering tickets for attractions, go through the actual company website. Do not use third party booking websites. After a lot of research I realized it was actually more expensive to buy tickets though companies such as TickItaly, when I could purchase them on the official websites for cheaper. Click the links below for details.
I HIGHLY suggest the line by pass for St. Mark’s Basilica which you can check out here.
Get an early start. Peak tourist season is from mid May to the end of August and if there’s one thing I learned in beating the crowds, it is to start your day early. Not only does it become extremely hot mid afternoon, but you can beat a lot of tourists by going out earlier. Plus it is the best time to take photos. Instagram your heart out.
Wear comfortable shoes. This should be a no brainer. I unfortunately learned the hard way.
Gelato quality. Through endless google searches I learned how to look for THE BEST gelato in Italy. In short, op for the gelateria’s that do not have piled high gelato. Although it may look pretty, it means the gelato is not fresh. Also, true gelato does not have artificial colouring. So pistachio gelato should be a pale green not a neon green. If you spot bright colours, keep walking.
Be prepared to lug your luggage. There are nothing but cobblestone streets and stairs, keep this in mind while packing. Unless your hotel has direct water front access, you will have to haul your luggages around. This could break or make a relationship with your significant other :p Bottom line, pack sensible and as light as possible.
Let me know if you have any questions about Venice, I could talk about this place all day! Have you been before? If so, what was your favourite part about it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below:)