Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world, I actually find it more romantic than Paris even though I have never been to Venice. I guess it just appeals more to me as a very unromantic person. At the moment I am a lot in Milan for work and on my days off, I would like to explore a bit more of Italy. Venice is on top of my list and I hope I can go soon after the trips I have currently booked.
The easiest way to get from the UK to Venice is to fly. There are several non-stop flights from London Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton airport. British Airways also flies from London City Airport. It takes around two hours. From the airport you can take an Alilaguna water bus. Once you exit the arrival halls, look for the covered walkway on the left and follow the walkway for around seven minutes until you reach the dock. The water bus stops at San Marco (1 hour and 12 minutes), Rialto (57 minutes), Fondamenta Nuove (38 minutes) and Le Guglie (42 minutes).
THINGS TO DO IN VENICE
If you are an early riser and like to start exploring earlier than the average tourist, head to St Mark’s Square early before it gets too crowded. You will be able to see the square in all its glory. At 9am the sung mass at the Basilica starts and the spiritual singing will start your day in a very romantic way.
Afterwards you can cross the Grand Canal and stroll through the streets of Dorsoduro. You can find a hidden café to avoid the rising crowds of San Marco or San Paolo and enjoy your breakfast in peace. Recommended places are Tea Room Beatrice on Calle Lunga San Barnaba 2727A and Pasticceria Tonolo on Dorsoduro 3764.
While you are in the area, you can stop at the Gallerie dell’Accademia to look at some Renaissance classics. Tickets cost 10€, the gallery is open Mondays from 8.15am to 2pm and Tuesdays to Sundays from 8.15am to 7.15pm.
If you fancy a walk, you should discover Venice’s less popular areas: Venice’s beauty is prominent on every street and every corner. You can head to Cannaregio, north from San Polo, drink a glass of Prosecco by the canal and eat delicious crostini.
Of course no trip to Venice would be complete without taking a ride in on of the city’s famous gondolas to admire the Venice’s waterways. Of course there are many more great things to do in Venice. Don’t forget to eat gelato.
WHERE TO STAY IN VENICE
If you have money to splurge, you can stay at Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, close to Piazza San Marco with a view over the Venice lagoon. The hotel is set in a lavish Venetian building with it’s own private water entrance leading into the Palazzo Dandolo.
The opulent rooms featuring high ceilings and plush drapes f offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Of course this hotel wouldn’t be the same without it’s room service and the inhouse restaurants serves gourmet Venetian cuisine. Further, the hotel has a cocktail bar, a wine suite and offers amazing views from the terrace. Rooms start from £350 per night.
A good mid range hotel is the LaGare Hotel Venizia MGallery by Sofitel on the waterfront of Murano Island. It’s a contemporary redbrick hotel adjacent to the ferry docks offering boats to Venice and it’s only a four minute walk from the seventh century church Chiesa dei Santi Maria e Donato.
The hotel feature sedate, modern decor and wood floors, the rooms have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and a minibar. Breakfast is complimentary and the hotel has a restaurant as well as a bar with terrace. Rooms start from £115.
Venice is beautiful all year around and if you fancy a city trip to Venice, it’s best to book early. Venice’s tourist population outnumbers its residents on any given day in the summer, it gets especially busy during the Venice carnival.
Have you been to Venice? What did you think?