Last January I visited Venice, Italy for the first time and I immediately fell in love. We booked our trip through Fleetway for 3 nights in Venice and 3 nights in Rome and we packed in as much as we could. This was our first time booking a trip with Fleetway and everything was shockingly seamless and very easy! I booked over the phone and about a month before our trip, I received all documents for air, hotels, & train transfers. (This is not an affiliated post, I personally had a wonderful experience with them and highly recommend!)
During our two full days in Venice, we visited all of the main historical sites and visited an absurd number of cafes because we just couldn’t get enough of the pastries and coffee. If you haven’t visited Venice, you should definitely add it to your travel bucket list and plan to spend a minimum of 3 days there so that you can really take it all in. Keep in mind that Murano and Burano are short boat rides away and you should visit those during your stay.
During our stay, Venice kicked off their annual carnival season and we of course participated in the kickoff activities and even bought & wore Venetian masks. If you can go during carnival, you really should! It’s an amazing experience and so much fun seeing everyone dressed up walking the streets. Because it was such a popular time on the island, our hotel was actually located on Murano which was only a very short 10 minute ride by Vaporetto (public water ferry service). Our hotel was LaGare Venezia MGallery Hotel by Sofitel and it was superb and the location could not have been better. It was located right across from the water taxi stop so it made traveling to Venice extremely easy! There are beautiful glass stores and delicious restaurants near the hotel as well. Sofitel is one of my favorite hotel brands! I’ve stayed at a couple in the U.S. and the customer service and attention to detail is truly amazing.
Below is a list of places and restaurants we visited during our stay that I recommend! Venice is a lovely town to get lost in so I do encourage you to not plan out ever detail of your trip because you will stumble upon the best alleyways, canals, and bars by just strolling along. Be sure to buy your Vaporetto water ferry pass as soon as you get off the train at the train station! We got a 3-day pass which we used constantly.
Sites & Activities (we did not pre-book any tours and there weren’t long lines):
Saint Mark’s Square, Basilica, & Clock Tower (Top pictures above & bottom right picture above)
Doge’s Palace (Bottom left picture above)
Scala Contarini del Bovolo (4th picture below)
Gondola ride across the Grand Canal (you can ask any Gondolier that you see. There is a set station on the Grand Canal but is more expensive than if you were to ask on your own. We found one near the smaller canals off the Grand Canal. Well worth it!)
Murano - if you’re staying in Venice, make sure to take the boat to Murano to explore & visit all of the glass stores & museums
There are, of course, many other historical sites & museums to see but these were the ones that we visited & loved.
Food (make dinner reservations!!) :
Pasticceria Da Bonifacio (Venice - some of the best pastries I’ve ever had!)
Gelateria lo Squero (Venice)
Colussi Bakery (Venice)
Tonolo Pastry (Venice)
OSTERIA AL DUOMO MURANO VENEZIA (Murano - best tiramisu I’ve ever had!!)