It was my partner’s 30th birthday this year and I know he prefers having experiences rather than having material things so I booked us a weekend away in Venice. (Do I now have to buy him a holiday every year?!)
I can’t say it was a totally selfless present and I too really wanted to go to Venice and it did not disappoint!
We arrived on the friday with the whole day ahead of us to explore. I booked us a beautiful air bnb apartment in the Mestre district of Venice. From Mestre it’s so easy to get to the main Venice island, either by car, tram or bus.
Most people will agree that the streets of Venice are confusing and many tourists get lost…we were definitely in that group. The first day I think we just kept going around in circles trying to find the San Macro’s square.
I don’t regret getting lost, in fact I think everyone needs to get lost in Venice. It’s the only way to properly explore and and find some amazing hidden streets.
After lunch near the grand canal (both of us ordering pizza of course) we set out on a mission to make it to San Macro’s square on foot. Along the way we stopped for authentic gelato, I had a blue ice cream that was coloured using spirulina extract but thankfully it didn’t taste of it!
Of course the most famous landmark of Saint Marc’s square is the Basilica. It is utterly stunning and an amazing piece of artwork.
On the second day we got a tourist travel ticket which allowed us to get on any bus, tram or vaporetto so that we could explore the other Venice islands. The vaporettos are such a great way to get around Venice, they’re cheap and stop at all the main islands and landmarks.
The second island we went to explore was Murano. Famous for its glass art, Murano was full of shops selling glass jewellery, decorations and housewares. You can also see people glassblowing in studios.
After our visit to Murano, we took the boat back to San Macro’s square to finish off sightseeing there. Above is the iconic ‘bridge of sighs’. The story goes that it got its name as prisoners could be heard walking across the bridge to their execution. You can walk across it, although you do have to pay.
On our final day we took the vaporetto over to the Giudecca and Lido islands. Giudecca is a small island that has many residential areas. Its quite but the perfect spot to have lunch with a great view..