Wednesday, 3 June 2015

What to do on a summer break to Venice

Italy is definitely up there as one of my favourite places, and a summer trip to Venice left me loving it even more. There's nothing better than getting lost amongst the canals here and exploring the hidden walkways.

Where to stay: We chose to stay just outside of Venice in Mestre, and found this the ideal location – it only took 15 minutes to get to the main tourist spots, and we avoided the struggle of dragging luggage around canals trying to find our hotel! It also had the added bonus of being much cheaper, too.

How to get around: Everyone knows about Venice's gondolas, so if you really want to experience Venetian life, splurge on one of these and discover the city from the water. It's also a good idea to research travel passes to save yourself money if you're staying for a few days. We got a three day pass, which gave us transport into Venice from Mestre, as well as ferries out to the islands and water buses along the Grand Canal.

What to see and do: You can spend hours just wandering around this beautiful city, getting lost amongst the walkways and discovering something new at every turn. The main tourist sites you must see include Piazza San Marco and San Marco Basilica, and Rialto Bridge across the Grand Canal. My favourite part of our stay though was visiting some of the surrounding islands. We went to quiet Torcello and saw the beautiful seventh century Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. This was such a peaceful place and is ideal if you need to get away from the busy city crowds. I also absolutely loved visiting Burano – this island has the most aaaamazing brightly coloured houses along its canals. If you go to Venice you definitely don't want to miss them.


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