WHERE TO HANG OUT IN VENICE
‘The floating city’ arose out of fear in the 10th century BC and has since become one of the most stunning and distinctive cities in the world. Venice is built on the canals inland of the Adriatic sea. The most popular form of transportation is of course, by boat – or more specifically Gondolas!
With a maze of canals and bridges, Venice is the ultimate city to get lost in. Start your trip with a free walking tour to learn all about the Venetian history and find your bearings.
Bridge of Sighs
Did you know that you can walk through this iconic bridge?
Legend has it that prisoners would peer through the latticed sides and sigh as they took their last glimpse of Venice and freedom. Nowadays, as with much of Venice, it is a symbol of love. So, take your pick – will you honour the history or throw caution to the wind and feel the love?
Either way, book a tour of Dodges palace and you too can walk along the bridge avoiding the tourists to admire the views!
Atop the specular shopping mall T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, are arguably the best views over Venice. The rooftop is open specifically for 360 degree views and is restricted to 80 people at a time. This ensures incredible views without being swamped by tourists. The view is free, however booking is required. Either pre-book online or make your way there early in the morning to book a time slot that that day.
What a view!
Punta della Dogana
At the triangular tip of one of islands, this spot is perfect for relaxing by the water and admiring the beauty of the roman architects. The viewpoint sits next to the Basilica Di Santa Maria della Salute making it a very popular area for tourists. Plan your day right and enjoy this viewpoint before breakfast or during the golden hour of sunset.
My parents, Aunty and Uncle came over from Australia to celebrate mum’s 50th in Venice!
Heard of Venetian glass blowing? It all started on this cute island! Some of the factory’s allow you in to view the fascinating process behind the sculptures. You will, of course, have a chance to pick out your favourite to display back at home!
Burano is famed for bright coloured, tiny houses and Burano lace. It is the home to those vivid instagram pictures framed by cute bridges! Grab a gelato, roam up and down the canals and peruse the intricate lace stalls.
Torcello is a tiny island with a population less than 30 people! This peaceful island is focused around the beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell’Assunta and the illuminative Byzantine mosaics. Make your way up the 11th century bell tower, then chill out by the canal and enjoy the ambiance.
All of the islands around Venice are linked by the Water Bus services which run 4:30am up to 11pm. Make sure to print off or screen shot the timetables to ensure you are not stranded on an island! If you don’t fancy working out the water systems, book yourself onto a half day tour with a guide and meeting points to take the stress out of finding your way.
No trip to Venice would be complete without tasting the local gelato! Gelateria Nico packs in the ultimate gelato cones with a view over the canals! What more could you want?
P.s. Make sure to try the tiramisu!
Venice is known for pricey meals, so make sure to search for places off the main squares. Avoid restaurants with laminated menus in 10+ languages – this is a sure fired tourist trap! If you’re after a reasonably priced, delicious pasta on the go, try out Pasta and Sugo.
Situated on the edges of the Adriatic Sea, Venice is home to some of the finest sea foods cuisines. Along the Fondamenta Misericordia you will find delicious, local restaurants away from other tourists. The standout: II Paradiso Perduto,very popular amongst the locals so make sure you pre-book!
P.s. Little English is spoken here so get ready to point at the delicious meals surrounding you!
One afternoon, throw caution to the wind, hide your map and get lost amongst the canals. Enjoy Venice the way it was designed and let me know what you find!
by Shelley Doherty