Ohh Venice… you have taken my heart. Not really by surprise, because you are simply stunning and one of a kind in this world, but you truly left a mark. Traveling has always been a great passion of mine (I mean, is there anybody out there who doesn’t like traveling?!) and during our last trip I realized that I never really posted much Travel content here on feelwunderbar.com – this definitely needs to change! So I started typing and came up with my first Venice Travel Guide.
Just looking at all of these pictures again, made we want to go back so badly. Even though we were only there for 4 short nights, I will never forget this mystical feeling that surrounds this city. You can really only appreciate Venice if you have actually been there, so I hope my little guide will motivate some of you to pay beautiful Venice a visit and see for yourself!
Venice Travel Guide
– where to stay, eat, drink, how to get around & what to see –
HOTELS – where to stay in Venice.
We stayed at the Palazetto Madonna, which was absolutely lovely. The location in the quieter part of Venice, San Polo, could not have been more perfect, the staff was super friendly and the interior was luxurious and stylish. A full in depth Hotel Review will be coming up on Sunday, my friends.
Of course, when in Venice you can also stay at a ton of Hotels close to the Rialto Bridge for example, but honestly after a day of walking and the hustle & bustle of a city full of tourists, we truly appreciated sleeping in a quieter part of town. By the way, if you are in the market for a truly luxurious hotel on a private Island (yes, you are reading this right) very close to Venice, St. Mark’s Square, I have found the JW Marriot Venice Resort & Spa to be quite the stunning location. It is the ultimate luxury retreat and looks simply amazing. Be prepared to spend a lot more, then you usually would on a room. Venice is not a budget-friendly travel destination by any means. If you want to have somewhat of a decent, comfortable and stylish room, you will need to pay for it.
Honestly, the first tip I can give you is TAKE A MAP, always. My man prides himself on having pretty good orientational skills and he always seems to know exactly where we are, when we are somewhere new – but even my personal McGyver had his fair share of issues to where we were in Venice. It is so unbelievably easy to get lost in the midst of beautiful canals and little streets that all look fairly similar. Because everything is so narrow you also can’t really orientate yourself on landmarks, because you simply don’t see them.
A cheap way to travel longer distances is by public boat, which is somewhat similar to a normal public bus. Water Taxis, on the other hand, are a lot more private, less crowded because you usually travel on your own, but also quite expensive.
Among the most famous & popular sights are the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square, Saint Mark’s Cathedral & the Doge’s Palace. Being an early bird is definitely recommended because these places get quite touristy and full throughout the day. We ate a delicious lunch right by the Rialto Bridge, which was surprisingly enough reasonably priced. St. Mark’s Square, on the other hand, is just on a whole nother level – be prepared to pay 10€ for a beer and 7€ for a glass of water. The atmosphere, however, is beautiful. There are musicians playing the violin and for us, it was totally worth it to sit down in such a beautiful place and enjoy the weather.
One thing we can recommend is to book a guided tour of the Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace because you are able to skip the huge lineups and also get a ton more of information, rather than just walking through these places on your own.
Another little “adventure” during our time in Venice was our trip to the Island of Burano, which is about 30min. away from Venice by boat. Especially in the main season Venice can become quite full of tourists, so an excursion to this very quiet and stunningly beautiful Island was a welcomed change.
Lastly, I will mention the infamous Gondolas, because they really aren’t a way to get around, but more of a sight or experience. The City of Venice seemed to have implemented a standard pricing for all Gondola rides, which is 80€ for a 30minute ride during the day, or 100€ for a night/evening tour. Make sure you pick a nice location of where you hop onto one of these, because that can truly make a difference!
EATING & DRINKING
As I mentioned earlier, when visiting the main sights in Venice, you usually only find very expensive places to eat & drink and the quality is often lacking. You are better off eating at little bistros and restaurants a little further away from the “Hotspots”. Our tour guide, a lady who actually lives in Venice said that the best Vine Bars a located in the Rialto district, where we also ate lunch one day. We had Pizza & Pasta and both were delicious and reasonably priced. There are little “hole-in-the-wall”s literally around every corner, so I can’t really recommend specific places since they were all good and very different – my only thing is: you can never go wrong with Pizza! Haha!