Venezia has always been a dream destination. This city is nothing less than a fairy tale.
From the picturesque Mestre area to the hot-n-happening islands, Venice is a must visit. I recommend spending at least 2 days in the city to really understand the culture of this unique city.
We stayed with the most amazing couple at a BnB in Mestre. Absolutely loved their company and they made us feel at home, spoke to us about Italian culture and told us all the not-so-touristy things to do in Italy. You can check out their Air BnB listing.
The definite touristy things to do are the obvious and can be covered within a day. A trip around the Grand Canal itself speaks a lot about the city. We took the water bus very close to the train station and it was a beautiful 40 minute ride to the Zaccaria station. The husband and I decided to first climb the Bell tower and boy, was that the best decision. We had a beautiful bird’s eye view of the islands and it was absolutely breath taking. We happened to be on top at 12 noon and witnessing the bells ring was magical. St. Marks Basilica and Piazza San Marco were very crowded even on a weekday and the June heat can definitely dehydrate you unite a bit.
We then did the customary Gondola ride and it was the most filmy dream come true. I felt like a princess and was happily romancing the husband. This is quite expensive – 80 euros for 1 short ride but totally worth it if you can afford to go all the way to Venice!
We decided to walk back to the train/ bus station through the narrow streets of the islands. You must definitely factor in time to stroll about the city at a relaxed pace. We grabbed some yummy Pizzas on the way and yes, the food is cheaper if you take it to go. Any restaurant/ café with seating is way more expensive (almost 30 % more expensive).
I wish I could have stayed just another day in Venice. But hey, hugsband says we can always go back! ❤