I had one day to see Venice, and I was determined to see as much as possible (and eat as much as possible!) Firstly Venice was unbelievably picturesque. I felt like I was looking into a portrait every direction I turned. Secondly, it is also the most CONFUSING place you will EVER go if you do not have a tour guide. The one and only piece of advice that I will give you is to not be cheap and fork out the 5 Euros for the map. (Or bring one from home)
I promise you, if you don’t buy the map and you go with a wife/husband- you will divorce. If you go with a boyfriend/girlfriend- you will be joining Tinder as soon as you get home. If you go with a friend- you will hide their passport so they cannot get on the plane with you. This place is a labyrinth, a trap and you will not get out! I am all for wandering, immersing in the culture and “getting lost” in a city. However you will REALLY get lost in here and then it will start to get dark and you will find you are nowhere near where you think you are. THEN, just when you think you have found your way back- there’s a damn CANAL and you cant get across! I am talking from experience here. My boyfriend was too cheap to buy the map- we walked an hour in the wrong direction to realize what we did. Lets just say there was a lot of silence on the way back and a map WAS bought.
Now that we got that out of the way, and you have your map- explore, eat, shop. They are known for Merino glass and Venetian masks. You will see mask stores everywhere- with anything you want, ranging from 5-500 euros. The food is also just what you would expect. Pizzas with the craziest toppings on them, crepes, meringues, tiramisu, pasta! I broke the bank of trying it ALL here!
Now that you’re full, take a stroll into Piazza San Marco, which is very grand and full of ballsy pigeons. (Just an FYI I actually got poo’d on by one of them, and was outraged. They are ACTUALLY everywhere) Pigeons aside, the square is stunning and leads to the water, where you can hop on a gondola or take a scenic walk. While in the Piazza you also can wander into St Marks Basilica, take a snap beside the clock tower or shop through out the maze-like streets.
This is the point where we were obscenely lost and had to ask numerous locals for help and then get a map. We got through it though, walked as far as our legs could take us-then sat down for a nice pasta dinner at a random place which I didn’t even care what is was, as long as it had a chair for me to sit in.
I obviously ate Gnocchi for dinner again and lots of wine, to calm my nerves while admiring my new Venetian mask I named Vittoria. After dinner I indulged in the BEST tiramisu I’ve ever eaten before and headed back to the hotel to get ready for the train to Rome in the AM.
One day in Venice and I felt like I saw a lot. You could obviously spend a lot more time here and tour more of the churches, buildings etc.… but if you only have one day or are here for a cruise ship stop, can will definitely be able to experience the true Venezia lifestyle!