The last stop on our Italian road trip was the floating city of Venice. You guys, no words can really describe Venice – you simply have to go and experience it. There are magical alleyways and narrow canals scattered across the city making every new turn so completely different. It’s fairly easy to “get lost” which is exactly what everyone recommended doing when we asked for suggestions on Instagram! Sharing how we spent our 24 hours in Venice in today’s post!
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Getting There + Getting Around
Because we were driving our rental car (and because you simply cannot drive in Venice), we stopped at the Marco Polo airport to return our car beforehand. From there, we found a taxi van driver – all signs at the airport will say water taxis which can be quite confusing. Our hotel was on the inner edge of Venice, so water taxi wouldn’t have been necessary.
That being said, IF you have a lot of luggage, you might need to do a little research on whether to take a water taxi or not depending on where your hotel is located. NO car transportation means rolling a lot of luggage down narrow passages. Because we were only spending 24 hours in Venice, having a hotel on the edge of the water was very convenient!
Our time in Venice was rather short, so we used all of our time to explore on foot and try to capture the whimsical feels of the city in these photos! Our hotel, Hotel Arlecchino, provided us with a map (which looked very daunting, but overall Venice is entirely walkable). Please note – Venice is NOT a destination for people with mobility issues or those who might have issues with climbing a lot of stairs. The city is covered in bridges and stairs!
Where to Eat
I didn’t have much time to research Venice before arriving (due to wifi connectivity issues in Tuscany), but we quickly learned that this Italian city is not known for it’s gourmet. I’d definitely recommend doing some research on where to eat in Venice and making the reservations before you arrive. We had one very good meal (thanks to the local suggestion of the hotel management) and one really mediocre meal that we stumbled upon later that night.
If we could do it over again, we would have found one of the waterfront restaurants on the main canal. Lit up at night, that area was seriously magical as the boats zipped by, and I kept looking around in disbelief that this was a real place. It’s was almost like we were walking around the most whimsical movie set or Disney World theme park!
Tip: We did find some amazing gelato after our unfortunate dinner. We found reviews on Suso Gelatoteca and highly recommend it! Also, Venice is where the bellini was invented, so grab at least one while you’re there!
Extra Venice Tips
I didn’t get to do quite as many things that I would have liked to do in Venice. (I guess that means I have to go back, right?!) We didn’t ride a gondola although a lot of forums say the gondolas are overrated. One ride will cost around $80-$120. We didn’t dine by the water, and we weren’t able to take the short boat ride over to Burano. Burano is a colorful little island accessible by water that looks incredibly charming!
If you have more time to spend in Venice, I highly recommend doing all of the above – and soon. Studies are showing that the city is actually still sinking little by little each year!
Have any tips for seeing Venice? Please share in the comments or send me an email!
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photos by Lainey Reed