Venice, the ‘city built on water’, is a must-see. The charming city lives up to the romantic photos and movies and is just as incredible IRL.
But if you’re only passing by, on an around trip of Italy then waiting 4 hours to see a church might not be the best use of your time…
Here’s the key things to do if you’ve only got 24 hours in Venice.
You can’t go to Italy and not taste the gelato. Classic Italian flavours such as stracciatella, nocciola (nuts) and pistachio are must-tries.
On a more savoury note, although risotto is more traditional for the area, the pasta and pizza is worth a try too. However, note that the pizza will mostly consist of thin Roman bases as opposed to the doughy Napolitan kind.
Top tip: Between breakfast and lunchtime, and lunch and dinner, if you order a drink you get free snacks! It’s called an aperitivo.
You just have to step out of Venice station, to see that it is a truly beautiful city. Everything from the street stalls and the cobbled pavements, to the intricate masks and many bridges. So the first thing you must do is put your phone down – that tweet can wait- and be present and take in your surroundings.
If you love art and culture, Venice won’t disappoint. From the intricately designed architecture to the famous carnival masks. Go to the charming city in February to enjoy the spectacular Carnevale. If you’re particularly creative, you can even buy a blank, white mask and decorate it yourself.
The Basilica di San Marco is as beautiful externally as it is on the inside. And with a four-hour wait just to get in, it may be better to appreciate it from the outside if you’re strapped for time. Why not visit another church? With 139 churches in Venice, there’s almost one per street corner and they are all lavishly decorated and painted.If you plan to visit churches, follow the dress code and make sure your knees and shoulders are covered.
Top tip: If you do plan to visit churches, make sure your knees and shoulders are covered. It is the dress code!
According to a local, only one gondola is made a year and becoming a gondola driver (is that what they’re called?!) is serious business – you have to train and take a rigorous test. Making them comes with a hefty price tag, as does riding on one. A trip on a gondola will set you back £80-£100 depending on the time and will last around 25 minutes. However, it’s a great way to get a tour of the city and put your feet up, because you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
The man-made city is famous for its canals which act as their roads and flows down every street. With no cars available and endless winding streets, this city is best discovered on foot. Get lost and discover all the various alleys which could lead you to the gothic quarter, the grand canal or a local treasure.
Venice is also a great spot to do some shopping. From independent stores which offer quaint items to Italian chain stores such as Dani, which offers the latest trends; Whether you want to buy lavendar oil soap to some new shoes – because the one’s you’re wearing aren’t walking appropriate – Venice has you covered.
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