I was pleasantly surprised by how much you could do in such a short period of time in Venice! The island is so small that you can walk everywhere; if you’re up for it you could walk the whole island in one day. That means no matter where you decide to stay, you probably wont be disappointed with the location.
Getting to Venice from Munich
Tim (my boyfriend) and I took a bus from Munich to the Venice Tronchetto parking garage, this is where all buses will drop you off. We then took the People Mover (a Tram) for 1.5 EUR each, one way, to Piazzale Roma that took just a couple minutes. I wouldn’t recommend paying for an expensive boat taxi over to the city, once you get to Piazzale Roma everything is walking distance. Our hotel was about a 10-minute walk from there, excluding the time we struggled to figure out the direction we were supposed to be headed!
We stayed at Hotel Hesperia in the Cannaregio area, from February 10 – 12th paying about 90 EUR a night with a room looking out onto the Canal di Cannaregio, including breakfast. We were really happy with the location and it was one of the most peaceful canals we saw while there. Our room had two windows looking out onto the water, how romantic! The only issue we had was the walls being paper thin, we could hear our neighbors arguing a lot but it made for a bit of a laugh.
By the time we were settled into the hotel, had showers and freshened up, it was already the evening and the sun was setting! We decided to just go out and explore the city and grab a bite to eat.
Venice “Fast Food”
While walking through the city we discovered a few of the places I had remembered reading good things about on TripAdvisor, the first being Fried Land. During this Trip I was still in my vegetarian transitioning and caved into eating a bit of seafood (I’m successfully transitioning to a plant based diet now!). This place is a hole in the wall and you might pass it if you don’t peak down one of the small streets. They have a bunch of pasta and deep fried seafood that you take to go. We got a mix of fried shrimps and calamari as well as the black cuttlefish pasta (pasta al nero di seppie). All delicious and affordable as far as Venice prices go!
Along the same street is Gelateria Ca’ D’oro:, the best Gelato I’ve ever had! We went here every day and I always had the pistachio, it’s to die for. I tried a lot of the other flavours as well and I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of them!
Wine and Cicchetti
The first night we went to Vino Vero for wine and cicchetti to end our first day, but we weren’t very pleased. The vibe wasn’t comfortable, we were the only tourists and the staff wasn’t very friendly or helpful. Small pricey selection of cicchetti (2 -3 EUR a piece) that were OK but at least the wine (5+ EUR a glass) was good! The second night we went to Cantine del Vino già Schiavi and I wish we had gone there the first night as well! Busy place with a great vibe, a mix of locals and tourists, good prices and LOTS of variety! The cicchetti (1.20 EUR a piece) selection was fantastic and the wine (2 EUR a glass) was great! Highly recommend going here to end your night, but mind you they do close pretty early (I think 8 or 9).
Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace
Tim and I spent the second day checking out the usual Tourist stuff, like Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge. We walked from our hotel to the Rialto Bridge (approx. 20 minutes) that was sadly under construction and then we walked to Piazza San Marco (approx. 10 min). The Saint Mark’s Basilica is free to enter and the Doge’s Palace is right beside it where we paid to do the secret itineraries tour. There are other museums in St. Marks Square that you can purchase a combination ticket for when visiting Doge’s Palace but I wasn’t too interested in seeing anything else. We toured the Palace for about an hour before we had to rush back to the courtyard for the secret tour! The secret Itineraries tour was just over an hour long and shows you more of the Palace and (my favourite part) the story behind the famous prisoner Giacomo Casanova. While touring the Palace don’t forget to look out from within the Bridge of Sighs, it has a breath taking view of the water; or you can see it from a bridge just outside the Palace!
The Jewish Ghetto
On our third and last day we decided to tour the Jewish Ghetto, mainly because it was the only part of Venice we hadn’t seen yet. Our second day had been spent walking all over the island until we couldn’t walk anymore! In the Ghetto we found a delicious bakery called Major and had a cannoli and tiramisu, which we took to go and ate in a small park. I would recommend checking them out if you decide to stroll into that area, all of their pastries and desserts looked delicious!
February turned out to be a great time of year to visit Venice, weather was not too cold (fall attire) and it wasn’t crazy busy with tourists. We didn’t have any fancy dinners out so I sadly don’t have any nice restaurants to recommend but we were very happy with every place we went to, especially without breaking the bank. We also decided to skip the gondola ride because it seemed a little too chilly to be out on the water but mainly because we couldn’t justify the 80 EUR price tag. If I go back during a warmer season I’d do it, but I really don’t feel like we missed out. Spending the evenings with a bottle of wine in our room looking out over the water was more than enough romance for me, a dream definitely worth fulfilling.
If you’re interested in any of the places I’ve mentioned just click on the bolded name in the post and you should be linked to their site! Thanks for reading and enjoy your stay in Venice!