Venice is one of my favourite cities. It’s charming, laid back and beautiful. It relies on tourism and boy does it get full of them but it’s not too claustrophobic and it’s easy to get away from the human traffic.
Here’s five things to do in Venice:
Wander through the maze of streets and alleys. Cross the bridges and just see where you end up. You might come to a dead end but you might find a gem. It’s easy to get so lost that you don’t see anyone else around, you’re away from the crowds and it feels like you have the city to yourself. You never know what you’ll see around the next corner.
Take the 40 minute vaporetto journey to this colourful island. It’s completely different to mainland Venice with every building painted brightly in a different colour. Wander around to see how each window is decorated and look at the clashing colours.
Where better to eat some of the worlds best ice cream. With hundreds of flavours to try and a gelato shop on virtually every street, there’s no excuse not to. Try fruit flavours, coffee or chocolate. The choice is endless.
Take the number 1 vaporetto:
It’s the highway of Venice. Take the lazy water bus up the Grand Canal to experience the city from the water. It’s nearly four kilometres long and you’ll pass many a gondola, go under the Rialto Bridge and The Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
See the gondola yard:
The squero di San Trovaso is the oldest working gondola yard in Venice. Stand on the canal side and watch the men at work as they repair and transform the one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. Getting there is a wonderful walk through parts of venice that feels less touristy.
What’s your favourite thing to do in Venice?