Our trip was coming to an end after spending six days in Rome and Florence. Our final stop was Venice, and I was excited to show Keith this amazing city built on water. It was bitter-sweet arriving in Venice, knowing that we only had a day and a half to explore before we headed back home.
Hotel Olimpia Fondamenta delle Burchielle, 395, 30135 Santa Croce 395, Venice, Italy
I was incredibly impressed with this hotel. Although it is located further away from the main attractions of Venice, it’s exquisite decor, exceptional service, proximity to the train station, and price made our stay well worth it. I especially loved the courtyard where we ate breakfast in the morning.
Getting lost in a maze…
After checking into the hotel, we headed toward the city. I loved getting lost in the maze of the canal street, eating the local food, and exploring every corner of the city. The crowds were intense during the day so taking pictures of St Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace were not ideal, so we decided to head there in the evening…
☞ Visitor Tip: Make sure you have a map or use GPS on your phone. Getting lost in the canal streets is very easy.
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St. Mark’s Square Piazza San Marco, 30100 Venice, Italy
St. Mark’s Square is impressive to see during the day, but at night, it was exceptional. It rained slightly on our walk there, but by the time we arrived, it stopped. The pools of water surrounding the plaza reflected the glowing lights, and it was truly beautiful.
Burano Island of Venice, Italy
The next day we headed to Burano. A tiny fishing village know for its brightly colored houses and lacemaking. It’s a small island and although there isn’t much to do there, it’s worth the 45-minute water taxi ride to see this unique and picturesque town.
Gondola Ride Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy
A trip to Venice wouldn’t be complete without a gondola ride through the maze of canals, but be prepared to spend some money. The rides can be expensive starting at $90-$100 for a half hour, but well worth the price for this romantic experience. You can get a ride from virtually anywhere. You will see gondoliers standing on every corner.
☞ Visitor Tip: Avoid taking rides from the large Grand Canal. Aim for rides from side bridges or the Rialto Bridge. They are much more picturesque and less crowded.
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