Venice Italy, a city of alleyways, bridges and dead ends, where it’s easy to get lost, but in a good way. There is no other place in the world like it. It’s serene, peaceful, and quiet… and there are no cars, which even though you expect this… is truly odd in person.
I have wanted to visit Venice ever since I can remember and it was truly an amazing experience to get to go for the first time. I was absolutely enamored by every aspect of it and am so excited to share my mini travel guide with you!
St. Marc’s Square
Even though this is the most crowded place in Venice and a little overwhelming, I highly recommend getting a drink at one of the patio restaurants to people watch the plaza and take it all in. It’s way overpriced, and I don’t recommend the food, but it’s nice to just get a coffee or wine and listen to the music.
If you are a fan of brunch you must visit Harry’s, as they are the creator of the Bellini. We didn’t stay for food because the restaurant was absolutely packed and tiny, but the Bellini was great! You need to go at an off time and it gets packed by 8 at the bar, so make sure you get a seat by 7:30.
My favorite thing in Venice was, of course, the Gondola ride. It is a must do! Our Gondolier was Roberto and he sang to us the whole time, it was so cliche and so romantic and just absolutely fabulous. We passed under the prisoner bridge which I highly recommend to do as well. Just ask your gondolier if they can take a different route and tip them a little extra.
I also recommend stopping in a mask shop while in Venice, as this city is where these masks originated, you would be remiss to not…
We stayed at the Locanda Orseolo and felt so at home here. It’s on a private lot, so it’s away from the crowds and feels safe. They have impeccable service and know your name each time you return. The hotel is over one thousand years old and has lovely red Venetian decor. This hotel truly captures the romance of Venice and transports you back into an ancient time.
Know as the most colorful city on earth, Burano is located about a 40-minute boat ride away from Venice. You must go between 11 and 3 to eat, and make sure you get seated by 2:45 as some places stop seating around that time because the whole town shuts down very early. I would recommend that you need about 3-5 hours to see the whole town, depending on if you stay for a meal, and want to get photos and gelato.
We ate at Al Gato Nero and it’s regarded as the best restaurant in Burano. Not only do they serve champagne when you sit down, but the whole place has black cat decor and reminded us of Monet! I got the prawn pasta with ricotta and Alex got the pappardelle linguine e ricotta. Both were to die for. Burano is less touristy than Venice once you get past the main entrance port, and I definitely think its worth the trip!
One last tip, Google maps is not at all accurate in Venice. Things are often on the other side of the canal or you have to find a different street to travel by, but I think this even adds more to the charm of the city.
Hope you enjoyed this travel guide for Venice, it’s one of the most incredible places I have ever been to and I think it is definitely a place you must visit at some point in life!