3 days trip in Venice
Venice is an island which has several parts linking to one another by bridges, and canals. When you come to visit Venice, make sure to have sneakers, and jackets. Even in the summer, it can get chilly at night. 3 days is enough to visit the iconic monuments, the beaches, the alleys and to enjoy the food. However you can extend your stay however you like, the longer you stay in Venice, the more hidden gems you could discover.
Venice, transportation, Food, and accommodation
Arriving and accommodation
You can reach Venice by boat, by taxi, by train, or by bus. The bus fare from the Venice Airport (Marco Polo Airport) to the main bus station is 8€, the return ticket is 15€. When you reach Venice and its surrounding area ( Mestre), it is recommended to buy the day pass Ticket (1 Day 23,00 € - 2 Days 33,00 € - 3 Days 43,00). The main ưays to travel from Mainland to Venice is by train or the bus. When you reach Piazzale Roma (Venice main bus station), There are 3 ways to move around Venice, by walking, by the Vaporetto (Water bus) and by water taxi. Buy the day pass from the ticket machine found in Piazzale Roma or Mestre bus station ( Mestre Centro B7), you will recognize it by a large square with several buses parking.
Visitors who come to visit Venice can choose to stay in the island, Venice, the mainland, Mestre or alternatively, Lido the outer island with a beach. My recommendation is to stay clear of Venice because the hotel's pricing is much higher than in Mestre. Also, you don’t want to walk in Venice with your baggage. For the beach, Lido is a much better choice with hotels along the beach and fresher air throughout the year.
Remember with a day pass, you can travel everywhere in Venice without buying the ticket again. All you have to do is to hop on a vaporetto when it arrives at the stop. Be careful with your steps, the vaporetto will wobble at the dock, make sure to wear sneakers with a grippy sole.
Where to find restaurants in Venice, or more precisely, where to find the restaurants that the locals come to eat ? The only 2 keywords are “Campo Santa Margherita" and “Fondamente Nove”.Both places are square and alley with tons of fantastical restaurants when actual locals and students come to eat. You will find the dishes here are truly made by Italians and not just for tourists. Plus, the prices are really affordable around 25€ to 30€ each person.
Campo Santa Margherita
Visit the iconic monuments in Venice
Venice is well-known for her 1000 years of history. You would find the city full of old churches, palaces. Sometimes you would be lost in this plethora of gothic architecture. The most important attractions are
Saint Mark's Basilica
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Teatro La Fenice
Visiting all these attractions will take you a day. Luckily Venice is perfect throughout the year. In summer it will get quite hot and humid and the winter can get under 10 degree Celsius. It is highly recommended that you take some walking tours to see the history behind every building in this city.
Visit Lido, the cafe and shopping
is about 40 minutes on vaporetto from Venice. Take the line 5.1 and 5.2 from Piazzale Roma with your day pass. There are so many cafes and gelateria (ice cream stores ) in Lido that the locals enjoy. Walk to the beach will only take you about 15 minutes from the station. The beaches are open for public, no need for a ticket, but if you need to change, head to the cafes on the beach and buy an espresso for 1 euro then ask for the bathroom.
The beaches are warm for swimming from June to September. In Venice the cafes in San Marco Square are tourist attractions. They were exclusive to the aristorates before. Some cafes worth visiting are :
Caffè del Doge
They are not cheap, which cost around 50 euro for 2 cups of coffee. The normal Italian cafes are just around 2-3 euro each.
Now the fun part, shopping. You can stroll along the alleys around San Marco Square for big brand name stores like Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuttons etc. However if you really want to shop, come to the outlet store in Venice,
Designer Outlet Noventa di Piave
From Mestre station there is a shuttle bus available daily from Venice Piazzale Roma, with intermediate stops at Mestre Bus Terminal - Railway Station and Marco Polo International Airport. Price for Return ticket €8 - children under 4 years are free of charge
There are tons of things to do in Venice. Stay tuned for more tips when you come visiting Venice. Have fun in Venice and Italy
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