Visiting Venice, Italy

It’s been a while since I was in Venice. I think it’s been 10 or more years. At that time we ran through the centre and focused more on the islands of Venice. We also visited the Island Murano, where they show you how they make glass items and shove you into their shop (where it’s expected you buy something). In my opinion – a waste of time.

But recently we had a genius idea to visit Venice again (or for some of us, for the first time). Since the idea, it hasn’t been long, when we were drinking aperol spritz in the middle of Venice. This time the trip was a success (probably because of the good company and a lot of pit-stops).

Here I cannot praise enough taking the train to Venice (it really depends where you live, but if you live in Slovenia or Italy – almost definitely). Going with a train saves you a lot of time and money that you would otherwise spend on parking, tolls, gas… and time-wise it takes more or less the same amount of time to get there.

You should definitely keep in mind, that Venice is a walking city. That means you walk a lot. A lot! We did 12 km in a couple of hours with plenty of stops in between.

The day was foggy and cold, but that’s exactly why Venice was so empty we walked alone in some alleys and squares (it was amazing).

The trip to Venice was definitely a success and I do recommend it to everybody. It’s a special experience to walk through centuries-old alleys and canals, to admire the square of San Marco with the beautiful architecture and to order a coffee/aperol/tea in the middle of one of the most beautiful cities of the world.

Just a few quick tips if you’re going for the first time:

  • Prepare to walk a lot (dress accordingly)
  • Prepare for masses of people and suspicious looking restaurants (but you’ll be fine)
  • Their english is quite ok, so no worries there!
  • Some items are cheaper on Square San Marco than on the railway (who would have known) – like hats, scarves, selfie sticks.
  • Go to lunch before 15h or you’ll have to wait till 18h when they open again (it’s an Italian thing)
  • Keep in mind you pay “cover charge” in restaurants and bars (it’s normal in Italy)
  • Have fun and enjoy your trip! 🙂

Till next time,
Helena

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