Whilst in Italy of course we had to visit the beautiful lagoon of Venice. I had already been on a school trip years ago, and was especially excited for Adam to experience it for the first time.
One thing to know about Venice; no matter what map you have or how good your sense of direction is, you’re going to get lost. Endless narrow streets blend into one, whilst every bridge looks the same as the last. However, don’t let this put you off, this is definitely part of the fun. We were lucky enough to have five nights in Venice so it felt like we really got the chance to explore as much as we wanted. We even managed to attend the opening of the Carnevale di Venezia and see the opening Canal Parade.
Here are a few tips that helped us have a successful Venice trip!
- If you are a pasta fan you have to make a stop at Dal Moro’s Fresh Pasta to Go. Rated no. 9 out of 1,224 places to eat in Venice you will not be disappointed. For around €7 you pick your pasta, pick your sauce and finally add any extra toppings you desire. You are then free to find a sunny spot to sit and demolish this delicious dish.
- If you are a bookworm, you need to hunt down the little Libreria Acqua Alta; a hidden gem that could be easily missed. A shop bursting with books of all genres. Although only a small section is in English you are sure to find some treasure buried deep inside. Whether it’s under the precarious piles lining the walls or filling the gondola that sits amongst the hundreds of books. Oh, and make sure to keep an eye out for the cat squeezing through the aisles!
- If you are a cocktail fan, or even just a fruit fan, Frulalà is the place to be. A cool open bar that serves smoothies in the day and cocktails at night. All made with fresh fruit there is something delicious for everyone.
- If you are wanting to visit some of the nearby islands, I highly recommend getting an all day waterbus ticket for €20. Considering a one way ticket is €7.50 it really does make much more sense, if you have the time. So, start early and try see as many islands as you can!
- However, if you are only wanting to see one island, my definite favourite would have to be Burano. Famous for its lace, the real attraction is the beautiful multicoloured houses that line the canals. It’s much prettier to wander round than it’s neighbour Murano, famous for its glass, because all you seem to get there is shops selling exactly the same souvenirs with not much to look at.
- If you are on a budget, I would suggest to stay off the island itself as you will probably find much cheaper, and nicer, accommodation. We stayed in Mestre, next to a tram stop, and at €1.50 a ticket for a 20 minute ride onto the island it was worth it for us.
- If you are a theatre lover, you should check out if there are any interesting plays happening whilst you’re there. We managed to get tickets at the Teatro Goldoni to see Macbeth, with a discount for under 26’s. Ok, so it might have all been in Italian and we didn’t have a clue what was happening, but, we loved the experience and enjoyed the actual theatre production. Anyway, sometimes Shakespeare’s English is just as confusing so it didn’t really bother us!
We loved exploring the streets and eating huge slices of pizza for lunch. Venice is a wonderful Italian experience that is definitely a must-see and still one of my favourite places to visit of all time!