With flights from London being relatively cheap, Venice is a great destination for a short break. Check out our travel guide below on Venice commenting on: getting around the city, where to stay, things to do and places to eat.
Travelling to Venice
EasyJet is offering really cheap deals to Venice, leaving from Gatwick and arriving in Italy’s Marco Polo airport which is only a 15-20 minute taxi ride to Venice. Alternatively you could get the river boat (taking around an hour) or a bus (around 30 minutes) to travel to Venice from the airport.
Travelling around Venice
When travelling there is nothing more interesting than visiting a place that is different to my hometown London. Venice varies massively to the capital of England – the city is surrounded by sea water resulting in transportation being restricted to walking, boats or gondolas – no cars, honking buses or noisy scooters. I appreciated the quiet and found these forms of transport quite relaxing.
The water throughout Venice is sea water with a bed of sand making the canals a beautiful green and sometimes blue colour. With the City of Love being home to over 400 bridges it’s no surprise that Venice is dubbed as one of the most romantic city breaks there is to visit.
The weather in Venice is a few degrees warmer compared to London at this time of year, so wrapping up is essential. We did have nice blue skies and sun while there but still relatively chilly. In the summer however, Venice can get really warm.
We stayed in the Hotel Rialto, a 4 star hotel overlooking the beautiful Rialto bridge. This hotel couldn’t be better located. The staff were polite and accommodating. The interior was very Venetian! The views from our room overlooking the Grand Canal were superb. The rooms could have been a bit cleaner – quite dusty, although the bathroom was spotless. One annoying thing about the hotel is the rooms do not come with an iron and it is against hotel policy to bring your own – so make sure your outfits are ready to go before packing.
Things to do
Although quite pricey (€80 for a half an hour tour), you cannot go to Venice without jumping on one – this is a must! The drivers are usually locals and therefore knowledgeable about the history of the buildings and city.
Venice has so many shops!
There are your high end designer shops that sell exclusive stuff that you won’t find in their London outlets, as well as beautiful boutiques offering memorabilia from Venetian masks, to artwork and sculptures, to their Murano glass pieces (there is a tour you can visit the island where they produce these glass pieces.)
Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace
These buildings are beautiful. If you want to visit any breath-taking tourist attractions these are the ones you need to visit.
Places To Eat
Along the Grand Canal there are loads of eateries and pizza spots, so if you need a quick bite to eat, how about picking up a slice of pizza to keep you going? What’s Italy without pizza and pasta?!
The restaurant attached to the Saturnia-International hotel, is a great place to stop for a good sit down lunch. We had the rabbit ragu pasta and beefburger and fries – both meals were flawless!
If you are in search of a romantic place to eat – good food, friendly staff, somewhere you can dress up for, this is the place for you.
Decently priced for a 5 star experience, we had the salmon pasta, lamb ribs and fries, followed by their to-die-for Millefoglie con Chantilly al Pistachio (which they prepare fresh right in front of you) and a Tiramisu dessert. I can’t recommend this place enough!
So there you have it Amorelles – everything I got up to in Venice in 24 hours. Let me know if you’ve been to any of the places and what you thought of them or if I missed anything out – would love to hear your thoughts!
Words : @TheRubyMaeMoore