Venice is something that most people have on their bucket list & for good reason… There is nowhere like Venice (at least not that I know of). The canals that wind through the city & boats sailing by are really an amazing sight.
We had bad weather unfortunately, but we managed to walk around most of the city & made our way to a nearby island, Burano. We also managed to eat a lot… Let me guess, you aren’t surprised?
where to stay:
- We stayed right next to Piazza San Marco. However, I only recommend this if you want to be in the middle of the hustle & bustle of the tourists & shops. It was a really central location, which we loved. However for what it’s worth, we all agreed that if we go back, we would splurge & stay at a nicer hotel that is on its own little island & has water shuttles back & forth.
what to see/do:
- I am a broken record here, but get lost in the city. There is really nothing like it.
- Check out Rialto… Rialto Bridge looks over the Grand Canal & Rialto Market is popular as well — farmer’s market/fish market.
- Hang in St. Mark’s square and people-watch
- Day trip to Burano via water taxi
what to eat:
- Pre-dinner drinks at Starhotels Splendid rooftop bar… Nice view of Venice skyline
- Dinner at Al Portego (highly recommended)- Get the shrimp scampi and the sesame tuna
- Lunch at Al Gatto Nero (Burano)- Must get smoked pappardelle ricotta with langostine, mixed fish grill, and risotto
- Venice is magical, but the magic kind of fizzles away with the swarms of people
- Shushu’s tip: Either go during off-season or stay at a hotel that has its own island (check out where to stay above)
- It is pretty hard to get around with luggage through the city, and you will have to take a water taxi from the airport or train station
- Shushu’s tip: Take a backpack that you can carry or find a place to stay close to a water taxi stop