A Venice Mini City Guide


Having visited over 25 European cities over the last few years, I don't know how it's taken me so long to visit Venice! However, here I finally am, able to say that Venice really is as beautiful as everyone says it is. 

Venice is an amazing place to visit, no matter how much you've travelled before. It's unlike any city I've ever been to. With the sun and its Italian charm, it's completely different to any other canal city in Europe. There are quaint side streets at every turn, but most importantly delicious food everywhere you look! Pizza, pasta, ice cream - a food lover's dream.

Here's my mini city guide for visiting Venice:

How to get around the city:

Venice is a city that's small enough you can walk around everywhere. However, half the fun of visiting Venice is exploring the city on the water as well. Of course you can go on a famous gondola, but this will set you back €80 for a mere 30 minutes! 

Skip the gondola, and get an ACTV pass that allows you unlimited trips on the water buses (aka. the public boats) across the city. If you're under 30, you can get a 3 day travel card + airport transfer for €40. 

How to get from the airport:

If you get the ACTV pass mentioned above, the easiest way to get into the centre of Venice is via a bus and then a boat. The total journey takes a little under an hour.

There's also the option of getting into the city just via a boat (Boat A). This takes just over 1 hour, and costs €15 one-way. (It's not covered by the travel pass).

What to see + do:

  • St. Mark's Square
  • St. Mark's Basilica - free entry
  • St. Mark's Campanile - The bell tower in the square. €8 entry per person.
  • Doge's Palace - Also in the main square. Entry costs €20, or €13 for students.
  • Bridge of Sighs - An enclosed bridge connecting Doge's Palace to the nearby prison. 

  • Grand Canal - Hop on a water bus and ride along the main canal.
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Ponte Dell' Accademia Bridge
  • San Giorgio Maggiore Bell Tower - Across the grand canal from St. Mark's Square. Going up the bell tower costs €6 (€4 for students) and gives great views over Venice.

Pretty areas to wander around:
  • Dorsoduro
  • Cannaregio
  • Murano - famous for its glass making.

Where to stay:

If you're travelling on a mid-range budget, then I would highly recommend Bloom Hotel. Double rooms start at around £100 per night including breakfast, and guests are also given a complimentary bottle of prosecco. The rooms are beautiful, and there's even a rooftop terrace. The location is also perfect - just a short 5-10 minute walk from St. Marks Square and Rialto Bridge.

Where to eat:

If there's one place where you won't be short on places to eat, it's Venice. There are pizzerias on almost every street! One place that we visited for dinner and thoroughly loved was Rosa Rossa. It was a 4 minute walk from the Bloom Hotel, and had a brilliant atmosphere. The food was incredible, and the prosecco wasn't too bad either!

For lunches there are so many cafes and fast-food restaurants where you can pick up a huge slice of pizza for as little as €2.50. And don't forget to grab some gelato ice cream after each meal... it's practically compulsory in Venice as there are so many ice cream shops!


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  2. I really want to go to Venice - I was thinking of going this winter for a city break but the flights didn't work with my time off. I will definitely look into going in the autumn though :) xx

    Jessie | jessie-ann.co.uk


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