Venice in a day!

Traveling is fun but it’s also a ton of work to prepare for and plan.

Thinking about making your way to Venice ever? Here’s my guide to less than 24 hours in this beautiful city!

I came into Venice with low expectations because of reviews I’d heard from friends. Maybe this was a good thing because it FAR exceeded my expectations and I absolutely loved it here.

I got off the plane and took a regular bus and a water bus to my airbnb located just a 7 minute walk from the Rialto Bridge. (The Ponte De Rialto aka the Rialto Bridge and San Marco aka San Marco Basilica are the 2 most popular destinations in Venice.)

Click here to view our airbnb. I didn’t get to meet our host, I arrived later than my friends. But from what I hear she was nice, available, and the apartment was as described. The main bed is pretty stiff and the pillows are pretty flat…heads up 😉 My favorite part was the roof top terrace. We had AC but the roof was a nice spot to chill and catch the breeze off the water.

I got to our apartment around 8:30pm and after a quick shower we headed to dinner! We ate at Taverna SanLio con alloggi. 10/10 would reccommend the ricotta ravioli with vegetable sauce.

We washed down dinner with gelato. Of course.

I got the passion fruit flavor from SUSO. It was a cute and popular spot and the gelato was delicious (Lauren can contest to this with her 3 scoops).

The next day we checked out of the airbnb in the morning and spent the next several hours exploring the city.

Highlights:
Bridge of Sighs
Ponte De Rialto
Pastries from Marchini Time
Lunch (specifically pizza + an aperol spritz*) from Farini**
Eat pasta from a box next to a canal. (We went to Dal Moro’s Fresh Pasta To Go, the first & original since 2012.)

*An aperol spritz is 3 parts prosecco, 2 parts aperol, 1 splash of soda. It’s the traditional Italian aperitif cocktail. Basically Italy’s version of Sangria. Most commonly served in Northeast Italy.
**Farini was SO CUTE. A little cafe with lots of options (sandwiches, pizza, salad, coffee, cocktails, etc.) and super friendly/entertaining employees. It was packed every time we walked by from 8am-8pm.

Recommendations:

  • Take a gondola ride if you feel so inclined but don’t feel obligated. It wont make or break your trip – but no regreats right? I decided I didn’t feel it was necessary (80 euros) and instead we took a private water taxi (50 euros) to get to our train station. This brings me to point number 2 –
  • Take a private water taxi – feel like a movie star.
  • Visit small and popular restaurants off the beaten path of the tourist piazzas. Don’t eat anywhere with pictures or a million different languages on the menu. Your food will be much better and probably cheaper.
  • Eat cicchetti, the Venetian answer to tapas.
  • Eat yummy pastries anywhere and everywhere. Fun fact, the use of sugar in cooking was actually discovered in Venice.
  • If you’re looking for downtime, grab a glass of wine, an aperol spritz, a cup of coffee, or just some water and chill at one of the *expensive and touristy* restaurants along the grand canal. It’s a great people watching spot and you can enjoy the view and the breeze from the comfort of a chair for as long as you please. I enjoyed this part of our day so much.