Venice

Venice

WHY VISIT VENICE?

Water canals and gondolas. Go if you’re keen to float through the city on a boat and admire the stunning architecture.

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WHERE TO STAY IN VENICE?

Venice is broken down into six wards.  San Marco is at the center, which is the most touristy and most expensive. San Polo is busy in touristy along the canal but quieter and more residential as you move to it center. Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, Castello, and Santa Croce are a little more residential but they all have hotel and airBnB type options. Although beware of the dodgy area around the train station in Cannaregio.

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Venice neighborhoods

Pisani ($$$$) Airy art deco boutique hotel in Dorsoduro.

Sina Centurion Palace ($$$$) Beautiful wood beamed ceilings in hotel sitting right on the canal.

Canal Grande ($$$) On a canal and boasts a private dock and rooftop terrace.

Ad Place ($$$) Quirky and colorful in the heart of San Marco.

B&B Fortuny ($$$)  A small B&B with simple, bright and quality rooms in a good location but away from the crowds.

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St. Mark’s Square, Venice

WHERE TO EAT IN VENICE?

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Testiere ($$$) Small gem in the Castello neighborhood that makes everything in house and has the freshest seafood.

Antiche Carampane ($$$) Modern take on traditional Venetian food in San Polo.

La Zucca ($$) In Santa Croce, this place serves tasty seasonal dishes with a focus on veggies.

Osteria Al Portego ($) Cozy and off the beaten track spot with a small menu written on a chalk board.

Cantinone Gia Schiavi ($) Visit this popular wine shop in the Dosoduro known for its affordable and tasty cicchetti (Venecian’s version of tapas) and stand with the locals (there are no seats).

WHERE TO GO AT NIGHT IN VENICE?

Skyline Rooftop Bar ($$$) Gorgeous views of Venice from the rooftop bar. Sip champagne and splash around in the pool.

Harry’s Bar ($$) Birthplace of the Bellini. A classic.

Al Volto ($) One of the city’s oldest wine bars. Tons of by-the-glass wines and plenty of snacks.

BEST INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS FOR VENICE?

Local designer @seventhsoul

City of Venice @veneziaunica

Photographer @lightbulbsun

HOW TO GET TO VENICE?

Most people take the train to Venice, it’s about 4 hours from Rome, 3 hours from Milan and 2 hours from Florence.  Some visitors also fly.  You can’t find direct flights from the U.S., but it might make sense to start or end your trip in Venice if you’re also trying to visit Florence and/ Rome.  The airport is about four miles north of the city.  Finally, you can drive, which is helpful if you want to see the surrounding areas, but you have to park outside of the city and walk or take a small ferry in.

HOW TO GET AROUND VENICE?

Cars and bikes are banned inside the city center, so you’ll have to rely on walking or boats.  The private gondolas you see in photos are pricy (80-100 EUR for 30ish minutes), but you also have public gondolas (2 EUR to cross the Grand Canal) and Vaporetto, which is water version of a public bus system (7 EUR/ride but less if you get a pass).