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Venice was our first non-honeymoon holiday (a month into our marriage :P) It was a short weekend trip and here are what we learned about this beautiful and romantic city.
1) There are no cars
We knew Venice has a lot of water… but we didn’t know that there are no roads at all in the main island, only canals!
Don’t try to navigate the city on foot using Google Map, it just doesn’t work…
We found that the best way to get around is via water buses. You get a fantastic view of the city and it gets you to everywhere you’d need to go. Beware though, it can get very crowded at times.
2) It’s way too hot in July
We chose the wrong time to go to Venice for sure. It was really really hot… sweaty sticky kind of hot. We would definitely advise against going in to heat of the summer. Spring time would be the best time in our opinion.
3) Gondola rides are €80
Gondolas are the symbol of Venice. And yes, it is as romantic as it looks!
The price of gondola are officially set at €80 for around 40mins so you don’t need to worry about bargaining or being ripped off. You can get a gondola in the grand canal or the small canals for a quieter, more private ride.
4) It’s better to stay at Mestra
We saw countless of tourist dragging their suitcases on and off water buses and travelling through small alleyways and over bridges.
We were glad we stayed in Mestre. It was relatively cheap and it was only a short bus ride away from central Venice. Unless you can afford water taxis, stay away from the main island!
5) Burano is the best
Burano is an island just off Venice and it is such a happy place full of colourful houses that reminds me a little of Balamory.
You can get there by water buses in 40 mins and you can easily spend half a day there. Don’t forget your camera!
Hope this is useful if you are planning a trip to Venice soon. Message us if you have any questions!