For our honeymoon, the hubby and I chose Venice because we’re original like that. Or coming from Asia, I’d always dreamed of seeing the charming Italian cities I had only read about or glimpsed in films.
Venice is one giant postcard. Some say it stinks (literally) but it just smells like the sea to me. After all, Venice is made up of lots of little islands, so what do you expect?
October’s a great time to visit — temperatures were warm (16 or 17 degrees Celsius) although the sky was a little overcast. Even in October it was quite crowded. I shudder to think how terrible the hordes are in summer. Having said that, one of the amazing things about this city is that it’s entirely possible to escape the crowds by simply veering off the main streets, particularly along the Grand Canal. The many small streets are often quiet and sometimes totally deserted.
I adore planning trips almost as much as actually travelling. Thinking ahead of what you’ll be doing is a fantastic way to psych yourself up, plus a well-planned trip can save you both money and time. I usually plan my trips around the must-see sights by area, defined by myself after going through guide books and TripAdvisor. Good thing Venice is somewhat compact and definitely walkable if you don’t mind the exercise.
One of the activities often recommended is to get lost to really explore the different neighbourhoods. I even allocated time in our itinerary for it, but it wasn’t necessary as getting lost is quite an easy thing to do in Venice… and fun! You’re rewarded with little surprises and plenty of photo opportunities at just about every turn.
Here’s a breakdown of our three and a half days there:
Day 1 – Frari church, San Rocco
Day 2 – Basilica & Campanile di San Marco, San Giorgio Maggiore, Dorsoduro neighbourhood, Cannaregio neighbourhood
Day 3 – Rialto markets, Murano, Burano
Day 4 (half day) – San Croce neighbourhood
Getting there and around
Based on fares at the time, we flew with Jet2 to Marco Polo airport, the better and more conveniently located of Venice’s two airports from what I’ve read. From the airport we took the ATVO bus to Piazzale Roma, the big square where the main bus station is located. If you’re driving, this is as far as you’ll go because cars are not allowed on the islands.
Different transport passes are available depending on duration and type of transport. Although we stayed for three and a half days, we got 3-day vaporetto passes, timing our use carefully. Your time starts from the first use.
Where we stayed
Thanks to TripAdvisor I found Cà Luisa, a lovely B&B right smack in the bustling San Marco neighbourhood, literally two minutes away from St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto bridge. Our room overlooked a posh chocolate shop called Venchi that also sells gelato.
Where to eat
Check out the places we went to eat.