{Travel} Venice Weekend getaway

Venice, located in the northeastern of Italy and arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. It’s nicknamed the city of water, it has no roads so no cars only boats and canoes. The city of masks, probably more than I anticipated and the city of bridges. It is considered the capital of Veneto region – composed of 20 regions of which Venice is the capital.

Venice weekend getawayVenice weekend getawayWe wasted a day during the Milan trip but made it all up with the visit to Venice. Did we have a plan of what we were going to do whilst in Venice? Nope, never do but it was for the best. We did what I always do, got up, got out and hoped for the best. A little planning doesn’t hurt but neither does going with the wind and letting it guide you.

We had booked a train from Milan to VeneziaΒ {VENICE}. Because no research was done we guessed Venezia was the Italian word for Venice. Yes we had a good chuckle when we realised how we were right. It didn’t take long for us to buy a day ticket each and a map to get on our way. The bus from Venezia train station to Venice was roughly 15-20 minutes with traffic. The bus stop in Venice (Piazzale Roma) is right opposite the Grand canal with the train station (Stazione FF-SS) a few minutes next to it.

Venice weekend getawayGetting off the bus at Paizzale Roma, we decided on walking over to the bridge for a quick look before heading to Murano Island. Venice has no streets only canals so everyone you want to go you need to use a boat of some sort. The ticket we bought in Venezia was for all public transport (excluding trains) so we could ride as many public boats as possible.

First up we decided we wanted to visit Murano Island. I follow Zena of Zena’s suitcase on Instagram and she has herself just returned from Venice a few weeks back. So I borrowed some ideas of what to see and do in Venice. Heading up to Murano Island the view was breathtaking, it’s not everyday you take a boat to get to an island. The boat ride from Piazzole Roma to Murano Island was less than 15 minutes even with the busyness of the tourist port.

Stepping onto Murano Island, home of glass factory taken in by its beauty with our mouths open. We managed to walk one half of the island and the other half we left for the next time we visit.

We didn’t get to see much of Burano Island because we wanted to focus on the main Island of Venice. There is so much artitectural beauty, many alleyways and bridges. On our way from maestre an older couple did tell us we would get lost in one of the alleyways and sure enough we did. There was so much to do and see that it wasn’t until our stomachs rumbled that’s when we realised we hadn’t eaten. Grabbing a hot dog we explored Venice once more before boarding the bus back to maestre to catch our train to Milan.

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Tips

  • Invest in a day pass for public transport as that’s the only way to see Venice properly
  • You don’t need to ride a gondola to explore Venice but it’s always a nice treat
  • Download a map of Venice instead of being tricked into buying one for €3 (Β£2)
  • Arrive easily to have enough time to explore the islands
  • Pack foods and snacks to avoid paying extortionate prices
  • Regardless of when you visit always dress for comfort. If not taking a gondola there is a fair bit of walking to do.

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  1. mummyslittlemonkey
    November 29, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    Ah, I love Venice! Such a unique city and one of the few places that looks JUST like you expect it to! x

  2. November 28, 2016 / 11:36 am

    I’ve never been to Venice, but it looks great. The canal tours must be so exciting!

  3. November 25, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Yes we had fun but we used boats instead of gondolas as they were pretty expensive

  4. Anthea
    November 25, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    We went to Venice via the Orient Express before I had kids. I remember arriving at out hotel via a water taxi that was fun. We only spent a couple of days before heading off to Verona so did like you and spent out time looking around the mainland

    • November 25, 2016 / 7:19 pm

      Oh how cool, sounds like lots of fun. I want to go on the Orient Express someday too.

  5. November 25, 2016 / 12:05 am

    It sounds like you had a very cool trip, I have always wanted to go to Venice! I will definitely go there soon, amazing photos btw x

    • November 25, 2016 / 7:18 pm

      Thanks so much, yes it was an awesome trip

  6. November 24, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Great photos! I’ve been loving your travel posts, love the way you take us along with you like a diary πŸ™‚

    • November 25, 2016 / 7:18 pm

      Awww thanks Kirstie, I am so glad to hear that

  7. November 24, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    Wow nice. I go to Milan next year. Can’t wait. You travel a lot. So jealous here.

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Oh wow I am jealous of you now, Milan was fun

  8. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.
    November 24, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Venice is definitely on my bucket list of places I want to visit! It just looks like such a beautiful place to visit with so much history. Thanks for sharing your advice with us!

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      You’re most welcome, it’s truly an amazing city to visit

  9. Kara
    November 24, 2016 / 10:34 am

    I would love to visit Venice, it looks like such a beautiful city. Thanks for the tips

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      It sure is and I love it

  10. Beautyqueenuk
    November 24, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Venice does look just absolutely beautiful and it would never usually be a city I would want to visit, but I am now having second thoughts x

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Awww bless glad to hear that.

  11. November 24, 2016 / 6:52 am

    What a stunning looking city! It looks like you had a great time. I’d love to visit there one day.

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:28 am

      I did thank you and can not wait to go back and check it out some more

  12. Ickle Pickle
    November 23, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    It looks amazing, my good friend has just been too. I really want to visit next year. Kaz x

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:28 am

      Hope you do luv as it’s amazing

  13. November 23, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    I’d love to travel to Venice. Theres so many places in the world that I want to go to with my hubby. xxx

  14. November 23, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Venice is supposed to be such a romantic city .Its one of the cities on my wish list.Your photos look great.

  15. November 23, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    What a wonderful trip! Sounds like you had so much fun! I’ve never visited Venice but it’s on my travel wish-list for sure!

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:27 am

      We did thank you and I hope your wish comes true as it’s an amazing place, a must see

  16. Angela Milnes
    November 23, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Sounds like you had an awesome weekend, and I would love go there someday such a beautiful place.

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:27 am

      It sure is an amazing place and yes we did thanks

  17. Blair Villanueva
    November 23, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    I also love Venice – my dream destination, I will be so excited to visit here with my Dada.

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:26 am

      Awww hope your dream comes true

  18. Sarah Tonner
    November 23, 2016 / 11:33 am

    I love Venice – it’s so beautiful. One of my favourite parts of Italy.

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:26 am

      It sure is, have only been to Venice and Milan so far son not yet chosen which is my favourite but Venice is ranking first currently

  19. Jayne
    November 23, 2016 / 10:44 am

    What lovely captures! Would love to go here one day! x

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:25 am

      Thanks and hope you do as it’s gorgeous

  20. Savi and Vid
    November 23, 2016 / 10:00 am

    I’ve been to Venice a few times and I love escaping to the surrounding countryside from there – you should try it, you’ll love it so πŸ™‚

    • November 24, 2016 / 8:25 am

      Definitely will thanks for the suggestion

  21. November 23, 2016 / 9:25 am

    I’d love to go to Venice as it always looks so beautiful, I’d definitely have a gondola ride just to say I’d done it x

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:43 am

      Hahaha I wanted to do that and probably will do next time

  22. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    November 23, 2016 / 8:58 am

    I would love to go to Venice, and I would happily eat my way round the beautiful city.

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:43 am

      Hahahaha we didn’t eat much in Venice

  23. November 23, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Definitely want to visit Venice. Love how pretty the city is.Great tips. Thank you.

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:43 am

      Glad to hear it and yes it’s a pretty city

  24. November 23, 2016 / 8:40 am

    I love Venice well and Italy in general, its so beautiful love your photos. πŸ™‚ x

    • November 23, 2016 / 9:42 am

      It’s a beautiful place, I have a new love for Italy now

  25. November 23, 2016 / 6:51 am

    I really love Italy, but haven’t made it to Venice yet. So jealous!

    • November 23, 2016 / 8:31 am

      Aww I am sure you will venture soon enough

  26. November 23, 2016 / 6:05 am

    What a beautiful place to explore. Italy is a country I’d like to visit one day

    • November 23, 2016 / 8:30 am

      It was awesome to explore can’t wait to head back

  27. November 23, 2016 / 4:25 am

    Girl! Venice!!!!!!! Looks like your time was fabulous!

    • November 23, 2016 / 8:30 am

      It sure was indeed

  28. Rose Mont
    November 23, 2016 / 3:32 am

    Lol, you guys are so funny! You ate a hotdog in Venice. I like that you only walked half the island and plan to ome back! Can you man your own boat or do you need to use public transportation? Where to next?

    • November 23, 2016 / 8:30 am

      Yep hot dogs we the real deal lol!!
      There are boat taxis, gondolas and then public boats
      Not sure where to next but thinking and planning

  29. November 23, 2016 / 2:43 am

    Often having no set plans when arriving at a destination is the best way to go! Loved Venice but as romantic as it felt, wish I had my man there with me

    • November 23, 2016 / 8:29 am

      I know the feeling it would be like to go with a loved one, I went with my bestie and it was still awesome

  30. November 23, 2016 / 1:32 am

    Wow Venice looks gorgeous, I have always wanted to go and see its masquerade season I think that would be fun.

    • November 23, 2016 / 8:28 am

      I think it would be too and want to go again but during the season

  31. November 22, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    We love to visit the City of Water! Especially during the masquerade season. It’s such a beautiful destination – you were very lucky to go!

    • November 23, 2016 / 8:28 am

      Thanks, I would love to visit during that season

  32. Marie Barber
    November 22, 2016 / 11:46 pm

    Venice is one of the top places id love to visit! Your photos are fab and im definitely saving this for the tips, thank you πŸ™‚

    • November 23, 2016 / 8:27 am

      Thanks Marie, it was nice to visit Venice

  33. November 22, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    i would love to visit there! definitely before it sinks which i didn’t know about until my colleague told me about it

    • November 23, 2016 / 8:26 am

      I didn’t know that either but people keep mentioning it, I better visit it again then

  34. With Love, Lottie
    November 22, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Wow I’d absolutely love to visit Venice! The photos you’ve taken look amazing!

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      Thank you, nothing like the real thing but close

  35. Ola Broom
    November 22, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    I’m officially hooked on your blog. I’ve wanted to visit Venice for a long time, but didn’t have time to make it there on my last visit to Italy. I’ll definitely have to make the trip before the whole thing sinks!

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      Hahahha you definitely should and glad to have you on here

  36. November 22, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Looks like a very nice place, I always wanted to visit Venice one day

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      It’s so nice and so picturesque

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      Thanks Claire

  37. Clarissa
    November 22, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    beautiful country ! would love to visit and the tips are great ! will be hoping to visit in the future

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:41 pm

      Thanks and yes such a beautiful country

  38. Five Little Doves
    November 22, 2016 / 7:47 pm

    Oh wow I am so jealous. Venice is on my list of places to visit, I am desperate to visit Italy and we have talked about going in the summer.

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:41 pm

      I have fingers and toes crossed for you

  39. The Lazy Baker
    November 22, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Oh, what a beautiful place. I would love to be able to visit one day. Great tips too! ☺️

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:40 pm

      Thanks and hope you are able to visit one day

  40. November 22, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    Aww Venice looks beautiful, it is definetly a place that I would like to visit!

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:40 pm

      It’s so much better in person definitely visit when you get a chance

  41. Joanna
    November 22, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    I wish I could travel more often Venice is a place I’d love to go.

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      I hope you’re able to one day

  42. Clairejustineo
    November 22, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    I really wish we did more travelling. I have always wanted to go to Venice πŸ™‚ Lovely pictures.

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:39 pm

      Aww bless, I felt I should travel now before kids and whilst I am still young

  43. November 22, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    I would love to visit Venice one day, my parents went last month and had the most amazing time (even though there tour guide left them behind lol)

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:38 pm

      Aww dear what happened? How could the tour guide leave them lol

  44. jigsawparenting
    November 22, 2016 / 1:39 pm

    My grandparents used to visit here often, their pictures like yours were always so beautiful and tranquil.

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Absolutely amazing, have you ever been yourself??

  45. Melanie Edjourian
    November 22, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    I would love to go to Venice so I shall be book marking this for when I finally get to go, great tips x

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Awe awesome and thanks

  46. Lisa
    November 22, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    I would love to visit Venice it’s on my travel wishlist. Love all your photos.

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Thank you and hope you do one day

  47. LaaLaa
    November 22, 2016 / 11:20 am

    Amazing tips. As I’ve wanted to go I need to make it happen, it looks so beautiful xo

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      You should make it happen for sure love its awesome

  48. Sheri
    November 22, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Venice is beautiful and although it can be a bit expensive we have always enjoyed our visits there. You captured some great shots here.

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks and yes it can be expensive indeed

  49. November 22, 2016 / 9:27 am

    Venice looks amazing! I’m desperate to go, it’s next on my bucket list x

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      I hope you get a chance luv as it’s amazing

  50. Fi Ni Neachtain
    November 22, 2016 / 7:37 am

    You are so lucky to get to travel to all these amazing places, I wish I could too. Venice is a place I’d love to visit, it looks so beautiful!

    • November 22, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      Aww thanks Fiona, traveling as much as I have has been a fortunate thing for me

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