Sometimes in life you just have to say “yes”. You have to jump on an opportunity when it presents itself without thinking too hard about it. Now if you know me, then you know that isn’t my personality. I am an over-thinker and planner. However, when my friend Sara said she NEEDED to see Venice before she moved back to the States. Oh and by the way we need to go in the next couple weeks. I said “Ok. Let’s go!”
Venice is only a 1-hour plane ride from us and we had 48 hours to try to see it all. As soon as we got there, we hopped on the water taxi and headed to the center of town.
We went to check out all the major sites like:
Saint Mark’s Basilica
Campanile di San Marco
Bridge of Sighs
Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal.
We also decided to do a Vino and Cicchetti tour. Cicchetti is basically Venice’s version of tapas. We hopped around from bar to bar with 10 other people and a tour guide.
The food tour was nice in that it got us into back neighborhoods and bars that we probably wouldn’t have gone to on our own. We also met a family of 6 Americans on the tour that we kept seeing around town and even had dinner with them one night (By complete accident we ran into them at a restaurant). That always makes for a good time and great stories to tell.
Oh and we randomly ran into this guy playing the piano while being lifted out of a boat and into a party venue. You can’t make this stuff up.
And that was just our Friday.
On Saturday, we decided to tour the outer islands around Venice. (I will do a little blog post on those beautiful islands in a bit.) But first we had to do a gondola ride. I know that a gondola ride is an expensive, gimmicky tourist thing but come on! We are in Venice. Take our money already.
The gondola ride price is set by the city and you have to pay cash. The price is the same for up to 6 people on the boat. So find some friends and bring some Euros because you have to have a gondola ride in Venice.
Before we had to leave Venice, we made sure to stop by Saint Mark’s Square at night. Everyone says it is a different experience and it truly is unique. Everything was lit up and there was a five-piece band playing outside a restaurant. It was a great way to finish our quick trip.
Venice is such a beautiful place but a fair warning to those who are planning to visit. We went at the end of March. We had beautiful weather and it was not nearly as crowded as it is during the summer. However, it still looked like this at the main square on a Saturday afternoon.
I cannot imagine what it is like in summer. However, Venice is always a good idea and she will reward you if you decide to come see her.