So if you saw some of my earlier posts about Italy, you’ll see that Venice wasn’t my favorite city. While it was so beautiful and fun to get lost. I got frustrated because it’s impossible for me to share where we ate, where we were, etc. The streets and restaurants are hardly marked but I can show you a few touristy things to do!
Day 1: We took the train to Venice. Once we got there we took the public transportation boat to our stop. You can take a private taxi to your stop but if you want to save some money, the public boats are the way to go!
We stayed at the most charming Air BNB called Ca’Martina. Our host met us at the boat stop, walked us over to the apartment, gave us a tour and told us what to do in the neighborhood. She was so helpful! We had the apartment to ourselves with a washing machine, fridge, oven, the works. We were able to do laundry, go to the local grocery store and get snacks and save a little money on food.
Once we were settled in we walked around the neighborhood and got to exploring. We saw the Rialto Bridge, San Marcos Square, wandered around and went to bed early so we could get up early and see more of Venice.
Day 2: We got up bright and early and got breakfast at coffee shop Hopera. We had a cafe late and chocolate croissant that was so yummy!
From there we walked to the Ponte dell’Accademia. A wooden bridge with a gorgeous view. We walked down so many streets and stopped at every bridge for a photo op! We went to the Basilica di Santa
I loved getting gelato or coffee and just sitting somewhere and watching everything around me. I felt like I was in a dream and had to stop and take everything in.
A lot of the exhibits and museums in Venice were free. We would wander around an exhibit and take in local art (and a little air conditioning). We also went to the cutest pizza place for lunch. This pizza’s are the size of my face!
We also did a gondola ride. We paid 80 euro for a half hour ride and I didn’t want to do it at first (I felt like we were being ripped off) but I’m glad we did it! We grabbed dinner, had gelato and walked around until dark.
Day 3: This day we went to St. Mark’s Basilica! This church was gorgeous and you could pay a small fee to go to the top and look around. Which is exactly what we did!
Also in San Marcos Square is a coffee shop called Florian. It’s the oldest coffee shop in the world! They say Charles Dickens used to come and have breakfast and write there. We had coffee and pastry’s there and it was the coolest place!
We walked to the Scala Contarini del Bovolo and went inside other churches and museums for the rest of the day.
We had dinner at an adorable place owned by the cutest couple. I wish I could upload my videos because they would sing and the crowd ate it up! #goals
Day 4: We took the public boat transportation to a little island called Berano. I already showed some photos in a previous post but this was such a fun and colorful little island!
We went back to our apartment to take a quick nap before dinner and ended up sleeping for over 12 hours (oops!).
Day 5: We spent today just walking, we saw a few of the things we saw during our stay but just continued to explore and eat lots and lots! I like to think that we walked across every bridge and wandered down all the streets but I’m sure we didn’t even come close! I should have turned on MapMyWalk so I could see where we were! And this was it.
This was it for Venice! We hopped on a train the next morning and headed to Florence. Make sure you stay tuned next Monday for my travel guide to Florence!