Dear fellow travelers,
As we told you in our previous post, we stayed in Venice just a couple of days since we were already in the region. Even though we did not have a lot of time, we tried to enjoy the city as best as we could, doing many things but relaxing as well.
So here are our suggestions if you are staying for a weekend or a few days in one of the most beautiful cities in the world:
Get lost! There is no better way to discover the city and its canals than wander aimlessly along the calle (small streets) to discover beautiful glimpses of little bridges, old palaces and pretty gondolas sailing around. Sometimes you’ll end up discovering beautiful spots away from the most crowded and touristy places in town.
Take a vaporetto and sail on the Canal Grande. As we said in our previous post, the vaporetto is the main mean of transport in Venice. It is useful to get around and can replace an expensive private boat tour. Take the ferry from the train station and sail along the main canal till San Marco to enjoy the amazing view: from there you can see the beautiful building of Ca’ Foscari university, the Rialto Bridge and its market, several museums and galleries (Ca’ Pesaro, Palazzo Grassi, Galleria dell’Accademia, Peggy Guggenheim…) and many wonderful palaces.
Have a Spritz and cicchetti like a local. Venice region is famous for its wines and cocktails, like prosecco, Spritz and Bellini. Venetians have the habit of gathering in typical little bars, called bàcaro, to eat cicchetti, a sort of Italian tapas, along with ombre, little glasses of local wine, or with a Spritz (you can choose the Aperol, Campari or Select option). Most of the cicchetti are made with local fish or seafood but you’ll also find some with cheese and meat.
Visit the strangest bookshop ever. Not far from the San Marco square, you’ll find Libreria Acqua Alta (literally “high water”), a remarkable little bookshop where tons of books are piled up in a real gondola or in little boats and even in bathtubs! 😁 if you are a booklover (as we are!) you’ll definitively love this place and you will surely spend your afternoon taking pictures and finding your next favorite book.
Escape from the crowd for a morning walk in Dorsoduro. It is the neighborhood beyond the Ponte dell’Accademia, a lot less touristy, even though there are several interesting museums like the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Peggy Guggenheim collection and Punta della Dogana. We enjoyed an early morning walk along the quiet canals: it was lovely to have the empty streets of Venice for us… just for a few moments! 😄
Tick the big classics off your bucket list. Even though you’ll have to face crowds of tourists, it is still worth to visit the main historical landmarks of Venice: Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale and Ponte Dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), Rialto Bridge. They contribute to make this city so iconic and unique in the whole world.
Admire the Venetian architecture. While wandering through its narrow streets, you’ll end up discovering many beautiful palaces, whose architecture is typical from this region. One of the best examples is Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo: its back stairs are a true work of art! Don’t miss it!
Get to know the contemporary art scene. Venice has always been very popular for its thriving art scene: many museums and galleries offer unusual and inspiring expositions. Remember to check the programs of Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana gallery as well as Peggy Guggenheim, La Biennale and Ca’ Pesaro for modern and contemporary art events.
This is just some tips of the several things you can do in Venice: we hope to go back and have the opportunity to stay longer!
Our post about the best addresses in Venice is coming soon, so stay tuned and go Eat the Road! 😉