Lovely Venice, like no place else on earth, it really is one of a kind and a must visit on everyone’s travel list.
The hubby and I were in need of a long weekend to get away from house renovations and like most people Venice was always somewhere we talked about going but never seemed to book. So we had a long weekend free and decided to pull our socks up and make Venice our destination.
What a perfect weekend it turned out to be, tiring yes- Venice is a place for walking and walking and getting lost and doing some more walking (so comfy shoes really are a must) yet at the same time being outside all day everyday, feeling the wind in your hair it was so relaxing!
It is very small- so all that walking is in a confined area and really lets you see everything the place has to offer- occasionally multiple times. Around every corner you are met with picture perfect views, if Instagram created a city- Venice is surely it.
It is very touristy, we went in March and even then- out of season it was really busy. Planning is key, we knew exactly what we wanted to do when whilst still leaving plenty of time to wander and sit by the canal drinking Spritz’s in the sun. It’s a place for people watching and bagging the best tables is tricky business. If you see a free table on the water front- don’t hang about grab it quick!
The architecture is amazing, its unfathomable to think how the place was built and is still standing today with doors to nowhere making it all the more beautiful.
You don’t need a lot of time to see Venice so a weekend break is perfect- below are a few ideas of what to do.
1. Take a private water taxi for your airport transfer. It’s a tad indulgent but so much fun speeding into Venice. You can also get a shared taxi for less of the cost but still much quicker than getting the public boat.
2. Take a gondola ride- yes its touristy, yes it’s expensive but your in Venice!! Where else would you do this? It’s nice to get up close and personal with the canals- and yes in places there is a smell…
3. Enjoy a gelato!! They are the best! Who doesn’t love ice cream and a sweet treat when your sight seeing is always handy.
4. Visit the wonderful bookshop- Books everywhere, there is even a staircase out the back made entirely from books.
5. Visit the doges palace and see the view from inside the bridge of sighs.
6. Take a tour of nearby islands for a look at a quieter way of Venetian life and marvel at the beautiful coloured houses.
7. Enjoy coffee as the venetians do,knock back an espresso standing at the counter with a delicious sweet treat to accompany. The perfect pick me up!
8. Enjoy an al fresco lunch. I’m a huge foodie and every trip we take must focus on trying as many delicious eateries as possible-Venice didn’t disappoint.
Make sure this is one place you tick off your travel list…
Where to stay.
We flew with BA from London Heathrow to Marco Polo and stayed at the Hilton Molino Stucky.
The Hilton is a large hotel on a separate island but a mere ten minute boat ride away from San Marco. The hotel offers a free shuttle service that is great- it’s so quick and efficient. We were slightly concerned with vein away from the main area but didn’t need to at all. It was so easy to get about and the area the hotel was in was lovely and quiet and had some delicious places to eat. The hotel was large, great breakfast with lots of choice and a fantastic rooftop bar with views of the lagoon.
Our room was a really good size and very comfortable- we opted for a room with a view- when in Venice!