Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Travel Tips - Venice


This was the first time me and Alex had been on holiday over Christmas and even though we didn't have our family on Christmas Day it was such a beautiful and memorable trip.


I recommend...

-  Going to Midnight Mass at St Mark's Cathedral in St. Mark's Square! It's one of those experiences where you don't have to be religious to appreciate how beautiful it all is. We didn't spend very long at the service as it was all in Italian so we couldn't understand what was being said. But the smell of incense, the choir, the stunning interior of the Cathedral and the hundreds of people cramming in to be part of the Midnight Mass was truly special. 

-  There are also loads of tiny independent galleries hidden around back streets so my main bit of advice is to explore! For example we stumbled across this really cool book shop that was stuffed full and in the back of the shop the owner had created a platform and stairs out of books for you to look over the wall at the river. But there are bigger galleries that are also worth a look like the Artistic Murano Glass Gallery.

-  As you can imagine, there are plenty of beautiful Cathedrals dotted around Venice. Don't be deceived by the small Cathedrals hidden down little streets or squares - they can be just as beautiful as the big famous ones! But if you want to visit any specific ones how about Santa Maria della Salute, St. Mary of the Friars or Scuola Dalmata S.ti Giorgio e Trifone,

-  You can't visit Venice without a gondola boat ride down the iconic waterways. I did it at night and it was beautiful! If I remember correctly, 8am-7pm was €80 for 40mins and 7pm-8am was €100 for 40mins. So not the cheapest of things to do but you only do it once so why not!

-  A great way to see Venice is a trip down the Grand Canal on board a vaporetto (a large boat). You'll get to see lots of the big Cathedrals at the side of the Canal as well as all the beautiful architecture. The boat has stops all the way down the Grand Canal so you can hop off at any point if you see something you want to explore. Tickets for single trips are around €6 I think so it's pretty reasonable.  

-  Relax with a Spritz (Aperol Spritz with Prosecco). You'll notice lots of bright orange drinks being served in a lot of caf├ęs and restaurant/bars - that's it! It's a bitter sweet drink so expect the bitter after taste. There are two versions of this drink, the bitter sweet version which they called a 'sweet spritz' which is bright orange and a really bitter version which is a bright red colour (I really didn't like the red one).

-  Bridge locks - Rialto bridge, the Ponte degli Scalzi and the Ponte dell’Accademia. But be careful! But the locals have got frustrated over the years and since 2011 authorities have started fining people that they catch attaching locks.

- And lastly. Walk and explore as much as possible! You will discover so many beautiful things that you can't plan or find in a guide book if you walk around like you lived there. It could be something simple like a street painting or a great coffee shop but they could be the things that make your trip special.



Have you visited Venice before? Would you recommend any other places to visit? Any questions about my experience in Venice?
Let me know in the comment box below, i'd love to hear from you!

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4 comments:

  1. Ohh lovely! I haven't been to Venice but it's been on my list for ages. Did you find it touristy? Thats a good idea to go over Christmas, I'd love to do a Christmas in a foreign country! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. I didn't find it too bad when I was there at Christmas, but i've heard it can get very busy in the summer so maybe avoid that! You should definitely go at some point :) it's such a beautiful place to walk around.

      And I think because my mum liked to go on holiday at Christmas when I was little i've got used to the idea but most people find it really odd. I love it though!

      Danielle x

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  2. I've been to Venice twice and absolutely loved it - I'd recommend the short boat ride over to Burano too. The houses are all different colours!

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    1. It's such a beautiful place to explore isn't it? I'd love to go back again :)
      And wow Burano looks incredible! I'll definitely have to add that to my list of places to visit - thanks hun!

      Danielle x

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