Visiting Venice in Italy has been a dream for many people, including myself and my 100% Italian grandpa. There’s no way that you’re going to leave Venice out of your list of top cities to visit in Italy.
It’s made out of 100 islands with historical maze of canals, gondolas, winding streets, whimsical bridges, and colorful buildings. Venice, Italy is famous for one of the most romantic and visited cities in the world. The city is too beautiful to miss out. Hence the reason why this is the first city my Grandpa and I visited in Italy.
Well, I’d be lying if I didn’t mention that Venice was also at our convenience as it was the closest city I could take Eurail train to from my celebration of Oktoberfest 2015 in Munich, Germany.
Funny that I don’t really know that many people who had gone to Venice, but the crowd of tourists there makes me feel like everybody had gone there. So many people were there and canals were everywhere. Kisses were everywhere as well! — Just this one moment I actually wished I had a girlfriend or wife to kiss and cuddle with as we explore the city, but that one day will come, I promise myself that.
Most of the time, my Grandpa and I would just wander and get lost into their maze. You really can see a lot of it in just one day on foot, but I’d recommend staying for at least two to immerse yourself into the surroundings. In that case, you may find this useful—here’s the top things you should do and see in Venice.
Ride a gondola
This is just a must-do because it’s… Venice. They’re everywhere! Often couples would ride for their romance moment. It’s kind of a tourist trap, but it’d be worth if if you’re with your lover here. My grandpa and I didn’t take a ride, but my childhood friend proposed to his current fiancee on a gondola here few months ago. Touché
Visit Murano Island
Just an island that’s close to Venice, but it’s not just an island. It’s a beautiful island and filled with famous glass blowers of the famous Murano glass. They are expensive and if you’re on budget, not worth your time buying a souvenir unless you’re getting really small one. Besides, they’re awesome to look at and you’ll learn a lot from watching how they blow glasses.
Check out the Grand Canal
I think the name kind of says it all. It’s pretty much the main canal and it’s pretty big with plenty of great markets, delicious food, and great people. Probably the best spot to catch a water-taxi.
Visit Piazza San Marco
A gorgeous piazza, and it’s the most famous in Venice. Even though it was packed, Grandpa and I had tons of fun feeding pigeons and making friends with them! Be sure to check out the St Mark’s Basilica while you’re there. It’s something you cannot miss. You’ll be blown away by their architecture and artwork inside.
Take a trip to Burano Island
Literally, it’s the most colorful island I’ve been to. This island is located in the same lagoon as Venice, but its colors pop and fizzle in a way that makes it feel almost tropical without the beach and trees! You just gotta pay around 20 Euros (~$21.50 US Dollars) for a short boat ride to this island from Venice and you can expect to spend at least an hour here! You might even get lost for hours here!
Quick fact: The houses on Burano obviously follow a special color pattern, dating to the island’s “golden age” when it was first becoming developed. If you live on Burano and wish to paint your house, you must send a letter to the government, and they’ll reply telling you which colors you’re allowed to paint your lot.