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Our Three-Day Trip To Venice

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Vicky booked our three-day trip to Venice and a stay at the Hotel San Cassiano Ca’ Favretto with Easyjet in January 2021. Easyjet changed our flight time home with no prior warning. Then took a day of travel off the beginning of the holiday. They also wanted to charge us the same price.

This was not acceptable. After a couple of days, they cancelled the trip anyway and refunded our money. Not great, seeing as though they had already cancelled a trip to Budapest with no warning previously.

We had a think about what to do next. Vicky still really wanted to go to Venice, so we decided to re-book this trip with Jet2. We changed our original hotel choice, and this also worked out a little cheaper.

We ended up staying in a great little hotel, a short walk from all the major attractions, the Hotel Villa Rosa. Read our review of this hotel.

Arriving In Venice

Our trip to Venice took place in March 2022. It wasn’t overly busy with tourists and the weather for the time of year was incredible. We couldn’t have picked a better time to visit. The only thing we noticed is that some bars and restaurants closed very early on an evening, many from 9pm. I think this was just because it was out of season. It didn’t cause us any trouble. It is worth noting though should you go at the same time we did.

Arriving late in the city and after checking into our hotel, we ventured out to find some food. We had a quick nosey around and then retired to our room, ready to explore the next day.

Breakfast & Banksy

Our alarms set early, we were up, ready to explore Venice. Our first stop would be Banksy’s artwork. We made our way through the narrow streets and eventually found it.

The Little Refugee Girl

You can find the artwork of a little refugee girl near Campo Santa Margherita. He drew her wearing a life jacket, and she carries a flair. In 2019, water partially submerged it in what would be Venices worst floods in over 50 years. Quite ironic, really.

We found a small bakery nearby for some sweet breakfast pastries and coffee. We then made our way to our next stop.

Rialto Bridge

The iconic Rialto Bridge was a short walk from our last stop. The bridge is a very popular spot for tourists and shoppers alike, as each side is home to an expensive selection of designer and souvenir shops. It is Venices oldest bridge at 431 years old and stands proudly over the Grand Canal.

It is a great place to view the Gondolas and the other day-to-day water traffic.

Piazza San Marco

We made our way down to the Piazza San Marco. We walked alongside beautiful canals and across many beautiful bridges.

St Mark’s Campanile is a huge 16th-century brick built tower that looks over the square. For 10 euros, you can climb the tower for incredible views out across the city itself. Be prepared to queue.

The square is lined with shops and restaurants, street vendors and performers. It’s a fantastic place for people watching and taking in the atmosphere.

The Piazza itself wasn’t too busy. We spent some time looking around the main square and then made our way into the basilica.

Caffè Florian

This iconic cafe has been here since 1720 and is considered to be one of the oldest cafes in Europe and the oldest in Italy. We know the cafe as a bit of a ‘tourist trap’, mainly because of its prices. For many trying the tasty treats, is a bucket list item.

We were planning a trip to this cafe, but decided against it at the last minute. Normally we would avoid tourist traps, but some places like this, we would make certain exceptions for. We only changed our mind because our plans changed for the day.

During the late 1700s, this cafe was known to be one of the few meeting places that allowed females. It was also one of Giacomo Casanova’s favourite spots to pick up females.

There is also a drink named after him, the ‘Cioccolata Casanova’, a hot chocolate with mint cream and chocolate shavings.

At the time of our visit, to enter museums and some inside spaces, you had to prove your COVID-19 vaccine status. However, you must’ve had your booster shot or a second vaccine dose within a certain time period. The Italian government classes this as a ‘Super Green Pass’. You also had to wear an FFP2 face covering. We saw people being turned away because they had the wrong type of mask, or because they couldn’t prove their correct vaccine status.

The Beautiful Basilica San Marco

Most of Venice at the time of our visit seemed to undergo some kind of construction and conservation work. The basilica was no exception. It looked like they were relaying the pavement and flags outside. There was a bit of scaffolding up, too. But this didn’t spoil our visit.

We have been inside some of the most beautiful churches, cathedrals and basilicas on our travels. Their beauty has blown us away. But walking into the Basilica San Marco, wow. I instantly fell in love. We both looked at each other as if we had walked into a treasure box. Gold mosaic tiles from top to bottom, the most incredible religious artwork, the smell of incense. It was a thing of beauty.

The Horses of St Mark

Speaking to some people, when we arrived home, the basilica wasn’t open at the time of their visit. So, we feel very lucky to have been able to go inside. As well as the main part of the church, upstairs, is a small museum and access to the roof. Here you can see the real, and copies of The Horses of St Mark.

Napoleon looted these huge bronze statues in 1797. The horses were returned in 1815. The originals now stand inside St Mark’s for conservation. Copies now adorn the outside of the building.

Our three-day trip to Venice.

Spending a little more time looking around the Piazza afterwards, we found the Bridge of Sighs and Doge’s Palace just next door. Although, we would save this visit for another day.

It was nearing lunchtime, and we were ready to find food. We had already researched this next place before our trip, so we made our way to 1000 Gourmet Venezia.

A traditional Neopolitan style pizza restaurant, the food was delicious and highly recommended. After our pizza, we got some Gelato. We knew there was a Venchi shop close by. Having already had it in Rome, it was an obvious choice.

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

After lunch, we made our way to the next stop. The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, on what I call “the pointy bit”. This baroque style church was built in the 1600s. Scaffolding covered the church at the time of our visit as it was undergoing restoration work.

To get to the basilica, we walked through many streets and squares, including Campo Santo Stefano and over Ponte dell’Accademia, the academy bridge. This, another famous Venetian landmark.

Instead of walking back the way we came, we noticed a water taxi service that would take us back over the Grand Canal for a couple of euros each. We thought this would be a fun way to get back over to the main island. Next on our hit list of things to see on our first day was a very famous spiral staircase.

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo

This magnificent spiral staircase (Scala Contarini del Bovolo) belongs to the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, a restored 15th century palace. They featured the staircase in Orson Welles ‘Othello’.

The stairs are available to climb for a small fee, and you get magnificent views across the city. We were too late to do this, but I would highly recommend the experience. We stood in a small courtyard opposite and were more than happy just looking at it and taking photos. It was beautiful.

We had walked for miles, saw fantastic things, and had a ton of photographic opportunities. We had an amazing first day.

Later that evening, we headed out once more, this time for food. We found a great little place for lasagne and ravioli. We drank wine and had an amazing evening.

If you would like to read about what we ate in Venice and are looking for some ideas for yourself, we have written a food post for the first time. Click the following link, places to eat and drink in Venice.

Our three-day trip to Venice.
Visiting the incredible spiral staircase during our three-day trip to Venice.

Visiting The Islands of Murano and Burano

On day two, our itinerary would take us to the islands of Murano and Burano. Famous for glass and lace making respectivley, these islands have a beauty and uniqueness of their own. Colourful buildings, a much slower pace. Each island differs from the other.

You will read about our time here in a separate post. We will publish this soon.

Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta

We found the church of Santa Maria Assunta as we made our way to catch the ferry to Murano and Burano. You can find it on Campo dei Gesuiti, just off the Fondamente Nova. It was closed when we first found it. However, after our trip, we noticed it was open, so we took a peep inside. Thankfully, we made the right choice.

They decorated this church beautifully with the finest marble and frescos. There was a small charge of 1 euro to visit. Its a great place, and well worth a quick visit.

Day Three of Our Trip To Venice

Up early again, we were out for breakfast and on our way to our first port-of-call. We had planned to visit the cemetery of San Michele as part of our Murano and Burano excursion, but we massively underestimated how much time we would spend on the islands.

The Cemetery of San Michele

The cemetery is a five-minute ferry ride away and sits on its own private island. It is so peaceful and feels like a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the main island. Family tombs and mausoleums, marble monuments and graves of the famous are enough to keep you busy for a couple of hours.

Our three-day trip to Venice.

You can download a map of the cemetery online or follow the signs that guide you to some of its most notable burials, like composer Igor Stravinsky and his wife.

The site has a rich and interesting history. Special funerary boats and gondolas are used to transport the deceased and mourners across the water for services.

The Cutest Little Book Shop

Arriving back, we would spend a couple of hours just wandering around the streets. We stumbled across a little bookstore. Stocked floor to ceiling with thousands of books, they even used a full sized gondola positioned in the middle of the shop as storage. It was great.

There was a spot at the back of the store for a cute little photo opportunity overlooking the canal, with a staircase made of old books. You can find Libreria Acqua Alta a short walk from Campo Santa Maria Formosa, on Calle Longa Santa Maria Formosa.

Doges Palace

We saved visiting Doges Palace until the last day. Vicky was eager to explore, as it has always been somewhere she wanted to visit.

A Venetian Gothic-style palace built in the 1300s and the residence of the Doge of Venice. A Doge is an elected person, lord and head of state over many Italian cities. There have been 120 Doges of Venice, they abolished the position after the fall of the Republic of Venice.

Located on the Piazza San Marco, the building became a museum in 1923. You can visit many of the areas of the palace, including the courtyard, institutional chambers, the Doges apartments and, of course, the old and new prison and the Bridge of Sighs.

The Chamber of the Great Council is home to the longest canvas painting in the world, Il Paradiso, and the palace itself holds an incredible amount of works of art.

The Bridge of Sighs

Built in approximately 1600, this iconic bridge made of white limestone links the interrogation rooms of the palace to the new prison. It was designed by Antonio Contino.

The view from the bridge’s windows was the last that many of the convicts would see of Venice before imprisonment. It is said that many of them would sigh at the view before being locked away. In Italian, they know it as the Ponte dei Sospiri.

Getting About By Water Taxi

Prices of water taxis are usually a fixed cost, depending on the company you use and where you go.

You can get water taxis to and from pretty much anywhere on the lagoon. Most people use them to and from Marco Polo Airport. You can get shared airport access or if you prefer a private hire.

Taking A Gondola Ride

Most of the Gondola rides in the city cost around 100 euros. Some Gondoliers who were approaching us offered rides from 75 euros. We chose not to take a Gondola ride and instead preferred to explore the canals and bridges by foot.

Photo Gallery

We wandered the streets for hours during our trip and clocked up thousands of steps. Here is a selection of more photographs we wanted to share with you from our three-day trip to Venice.

Is The Drinking Water Safe In Venice?

Yes! The drinking water here in Venice is safe to drink. They pump the water in from wells on the mainland and it is very refreshing, so make sure you take your own refillable bottle. We knew this beforehand, so we were both prepared with our Just Bottles.

There are also 122 drinking fountains across the city you can top-up from as you walk around, so leave the plastic bottles in the shops.

More Activities To Add To Your Venice Itinerary

From Venice: Cortina and Dolomites Mountains Day Tour. Head for the mountains on a full-day tour of the Dolomites and charming town of Cortina. Departing Venice, you will see fabulous mountain scenery, serene lakes, and enchanting mountain villages.

Interpreti Veneziani Concert at Church of San Vidal. Take a musical journey back in time to the Baroque period in Venice. Enjoy the refined ambiance of a 17th-century church steeped in history and beauty.

Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings. Experience the flavors of Venice on a guided walking tour. Visit the Rialto Market, try tapas, such as “cicchetti,” and admire historical highlights along the way, including Basilica dei Frari.

Prosecco Wine Tasting Tour. Explore the wine-growing area of the Veneto region, renowned for its beauty and Prosecco. Visit 2 wineries and enjoy a light lunch with local products.


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  1. 31/07/2022 / 08:28

    Absolutely loved Venice would go back again in a heartbeat

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