As you can see this trip was some time ago, but I thought I would share some of my experience anyways. Italy has always been a dream of mine, so of course, I wanted to go to Venice and see this romantic and beautiful city in person.
We actually lived about twenty minutes away from Venice, so we traveled by bus every day from a smaller town called Treviso. That's my advice of the day if you're going to Venice, live in Treviso. It's close to the airport, the town is really cute and the local bus works just fine. And to be honest, there are some cute restaurants in Treviso as well, just located by the canals, so don't miss out on that. I would recommend that you take some extra time to explore this next door cutie.
The food in Venice was amazing, and to get the most of the cuisine we decided to share just an appetizer or a main dish in every restaurant we sat down in. I loved it. The seafood, the plates of pasta, the wines. Mhm! Did I mention the pasta? Well yeah, you all know my love for pasta, but combine seafood, pasta, and wine, and I am in heaven for sure.
Going on a ride in a gondola was really really expensive. So we didn't. But that's the one thing a do regret from our visit to Venice. I will probably never return to Venice again, seeing as it's a town that's good for about one, one and a half days. So I should have taken a ride in a gondola, just to have the memory. But I was stupidly stingy and decided not to...
Let's skip to the architecture. Amazing buildings, bridges, churches. All beautiful. But our biggest problem was that there were street signs about every three blocks, so we got lost all of the time. The narrow alleyways, small streets, and the really tall buildings make it hard to navigate when you can't make out the direction. Buy a map.
So you will probably get lost in the city as we did. Several times. But isn't that one of the great things about experiencing a new place, getting lost and finding something totally unexpected. I know we did. We found that little square that was hidden away, where the locals dined, and the kids played on the small courtyard in front of the school. So we stayed for a while, had some food and wine, and just enjoyed ourselves whilst people-watching. It was amazing. I loved getting lost in Venice, that's one of my best memories from our weekend in the romanticized city of Italy.
And remember to buy a ticket for the boat bus, you cant buy them on the boat, only at the bus station which is just at the beginning of the city. We actually walked the entire city, and at the end when we wanted to take the boat bus to get back, we couldn't, so that was a bummer.
If you go to Venice, it's not like in the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp. It's cute alright and we had a good weekend, but it's not what it's cracked up to be. But as I said in the beginning, it was a while ago that we visited Venice, so to be fair - nowadays I do my research. I have a hard time thinking that I would have found my self in the same situations, of not having a ticket for example. But for the record, I am glad I have seen Venice and I would love to go back and explore Italy some more.