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What to do in Venice

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

Venice is a group of 120 small islands connected by over 400 bridges. This city, in the north of Italy, is popular for couples since it exudes an incredible romanticism. With the gondolas sailing on the Grand Canal, there is something to dream about. Venice is a very beautiful city, in my opinion it stands out for its authenticity since it is unlike any other city. Despite its romantic atmosphere, Venice does not only attract couples who come to celebrate their love, it welcomes thousands of tourists each year from all over the world. One of the most popular times to visit the city is, without a doubt, the month of February which is a month of celebration in Venice. The Carnival of Venice takes place around Mardi Gras and begins at least 1 week before and ends a few days later. It is at this festival that the Venetians wear their most beautiful masks. You will also find hundreds of shops manufacturing and selling masks that are out of the ordinary

Grand Canal de Venise une fois la nuit tombée, les lumières sur le quai  sont allumées et quelques bateaux naviguent le canal

Accommodation

The choice of hotel is great in Venice, for those who have a good budget, you can stay directly on the island of Venice. I advise you, however, to book in advance since the choices quickly run out and the prices climb quickly.

If you don't want to spend too much money on accommodation, I suggest you stay in Mestre. Prices are much more reasonable and the main island of Venice can be reached by bus or train for less than €1.50 and the journey takes around 15 minutes.

For solo travellers, there are several hostels in Mestre, go to the Hostel World website:

https://hostelworld.prf.hn/click/camref:1100lri2H to choose yours. Among other things, I recommend Anda Venice, the dormitories are very clean and they organize several activities which will allow you to meet other travelers.



Activities

The first thing to do in Venice is, without a doubt, to stroll through the different neighborhoods of the island. Here are the main points of interest:

  • The Grand Canal

  • The Rialto Bridge, mainly at sunset

  • Piazza San Marco: Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica

  • Bridge of Sighs

  • Have a caricature done

  • Take a spritz on the edge of the canal

Then dedicate a day to visiting the other islands. To do this, you can take the waterbus. A day pass costs 33€, but you can also take a pass for several days. However, I strongly suggest taking a tour with Get Your Guide with the button below to book your visit of the islands of Burano,Murano and Torcello.



This one is the tour that I did. You'll pay around the same price, but you'll have audio commentary on the boat explaining the history of the islands and you won't have to worry about boat schedules.



Burano and Murano

Burano is an island of colorful houses. The beauty of this island will surprise you and you will probably not want to leave. it is also known for the production of lace products.


Murano is the island where the glass is worked. Factories can be found on this island and this is sometimes the place to buy your blown glass souvenir if you want to be sure it's not a replica sold in the shops of Venice.


If you wish, you can take a tour with a visit to the island of Torcello, but in my opinion it is better to focus longer on the other two islands. There is not much to do on Torcello.


Gondola


You can't go to Venice without taking a Gondola ride. The experience is really worth it because you will not find this activity elsewhere. The price is 80€ for 30-40 minutes. It will be useless for you to negotiate, it is a fixed price which is the same for all gondoliers. The price is per boat and not per person and you can be up to 5 people in a gondola.


Gondole rouge et noire sur le grand canal

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