One Day in Venice
One day in Venice is not enough, Venice is a city that you really need time to explore and get lost in those narrow streets. But, if you visiting the city for a brief excursion or you have some time to kill until your next flight you have to make the most of the trip. Good thing is you can walk everywhere and you can make it a day to remember.
If you have only one day in Venice, avoid excursions or tours. Just wander the streets and take as many photos as you can.
What I find surprising about Venice is that there are mixed opinions about it. Some think that it is an amazing city, there is none like it in the world, and others simply do not like it and find things that annoyed them. Do not listen to anyone and go explore the city in your own terms.
This is the first photo that I found on Pinterest that made me fall in love with Venice. I found the exact place by chance just when we were about to catch the train.
Still there are some things that you should not miss, besides the wandering and exploring the city. You do not have to follow them blindly but use them as a guide, just to have a rough idea of what the city has to offer.
Morning Venice Free Walking Tours
I know I said that you should avoid the tours at the beginning but this is different. Find a tour and discover every corner of the city with a local guide. Just check TripAdvisor to find the meeting point.
These guides might avoid some touristy places and instead they will take through a time travel of Venetian history and culture. This way you will learn and experience the heart of the city. And after the tour is over you can visit the landmarks on your own.
Venetian Shops and Markets
Another thing you do not need a map for are the shops, they are everywhere. You do not have to buy anything but it is a wonderful experience to just take a pick at the handmade masks that they are very proud of. It would be ideal to visit Venice during the carnival.
Realto Bridge, St. Mark`s Square and Doge`s Palace
These places are probably the most famous landmarks of Venice. They are just 8 minutes apart and you have to visit them. At the square you will find the the Doge`s Palace , the Basillica di San Marco and the Torre dell`Orologio.
Have a Spritz or several!
After all the walking you need a break, and I cannot think a better way than to find a café with a beautiful view and have a Spritz. I usually avoid the local cuisine, but I would not avoid a local drink. I read somewhere that you have to try Spritz in Venice. I have tried it before but it is different in Venice, maybe because of the atmosphere.
Ride on a Gondola
Riding a gondola is a unique experience indeed. They can be rally pricey but if you can afford it than you should, because you see Venice from a different perspective. But do not be fooled that they are romantic, because they are not at all.
Panoramic View of Venice
There is a new store in Venice that collaborates with many brands. The store is a part of DFS luxury retail group and it is called T Fondaco dei Tedeschi. The best part here is that there is an extraordinary view on the top floor. If you know your dates when you will be in Venice then you should pre-book your spot. Or you can go to the top of the Campanille, no worries there is an elevator for a perfect bird`s eye view. This is the tallest building in Venice so you will easily find it.
Explore the city at night
Venice is amazing, crowded, sunny during the day but it is breath taking during the night. Most of the tourists leave the city when the night approaches. So, it becomes a different city, quiet and you can actually hear someone speaking in Italian.
My favourite thing is getting lost in a city. The best cities are those that do not have a destination but are a whole journey. Venice is that kind of city. You have to see everything, and everything you see is beautiful and you have to explore the city on foot! Savor every moment and enjoy!
More than one day in Venice
In case you want to stay more than one day in Venice then you should explore the Murano island, Burano island or the island of Torcello. If you want to spend a day on the beach you can walk on the sands of the Lido. You can find the best tours here on TripAdvisor.
If you are looking a place to stay you can find the best deals on Booking.com. I always use this website whenever I need a place to stay. The reviews are real and you can see what other travelers think of a place and how they stay was.
One day in Venice is not enough, but it is doable. Try not to squeeze everything in. If you end up rushing from one place to another you will miss so much.
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