We arrived in Venice yesterday by train and luckily we were a quick walk away from our hotel. Wearing a leather jacket, trying to carry around an overpacked duffle bag and suitcase in the heat, is a draining experience. We arrived to an air-conditioned room and after a quick freshen up we went to explore Venice.
Yesterday we got a feel for where everything was so today started out with the first priority in mind. Coffee. I love Italian coffee, I really do, but I need more than a tiny espresso to make me satisfied. It’s not even the caffeine part that I need but more the comfort of having a nice cup of coffee in the morning. I feel so Canadian when I come to Europe because when it comes to coffee I want a massive cup and then another cup. Or two. Or three. It’s pretty hard to find something in Europe that’s not dainty sized.
Spending A Perfect Day In Venice
What To Do:
St Mark’s Basilica
Bridge Of Sighs
See the Grand Canal
Take a gondola ride
We headed to St. Mark’s Square and it was so taken aback. I don’t know why I thought Venice would be small but I did. The square was breathtaking and only about a 25-30 minute walk from the Train Station. Just beyond the square is open water with gondolas with men in stripped shirts rowing tourists as if they were back in time.
You can book a gondola for 80 Euro which will give you a short 30 minute ride or you can pay 120 Euro and go for a 45 minute ride which they will take you to a few sights on the gondola and under the Bridge Of Sighs.
It’s legend if you share a kiss under the Bridge of Sighs your love will be eternal. Aaron’s stuck with me for life now :p
After your gondola ride it’s time for a late lunch. Enjoy one of the many restaurants Venice is sprinkled with. A cheaper alternative is finding a grocery store and buying some sandwiches or salads and eating them by the canal. You can drink wine in the open as well so Aaron and I got a bottle and enjoyed the Italian sun.
Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo
This spiral staircase was my favourite off the track sights. It was quiet as we wound up the beautiful carved staircase and it was amazing to see Venice from up high. I loved all the clothes on the clotheslines, the brick roofs and how peaceful it was.
Venice exceeded all my expectations and I felt like I was swept away in a story book. This city was beyond intoxicating. There was something about how the sun reflected off the water and how the cold stone walls shivered with history. There’s gelato places around every corner, people just as in awe as you smiling as they got lost in the narrow streets.Everything was covered in vines and flowers and I can’t help but feel like I’m in another world. How can one city be so cute and charming?
Where’s the cutest city you’ve ever been? I hope you liked this post!