Coming: Fly into the airport, take a train or a bus. Once here you won’t find any cars. Venice is the world’s only pedestrian city. Travel on foot or take a water taxi.
Sleeping: I’ve never stayed overnight here before. A day trip is enough for me. But if you are staying, when looking at locations make sure to read about how people get around. You’re not going to want to stay on the islands if you’re planning on spending most of your time in the city and don’t have a way of getting around.
Eating: As per its location on the water, you’ll find a lot of seafood here.
Sarde in saor- This dish is a little bit sweet and a little bit sour. It has fried sardine fillets marinated in vinegar, onions, raisins and pine nuts and is a favorite antipasto (or appetizer) of Venetians.
Risotto al nero di seppia- Squid ink seafood risotto. The appearance can be a little off putting since the ink is used to turn it jet black, but the flavors will win you over!
Bigoli in salsa- Bigoli are a long round noodles that are similar to spaghetti just fatter. This comes served in an onion and sardine or anchovy sauce.
Fegato ała venesiana- A plate of liver, chopped and cooked together with onions.
Fritole- For desert try fritole if you’re here around Carnivale. They are fried fritters with raisins and pine nuts and dusted with powdered sugar.
Doing: Get lost wandering the canals, visit St. Mark’s square and basilica, take a picture on Ponte de Rialto, shop for masks, celebrate Carnival, sit and watch the boats pass and learn about glass making. If you’ve got the money, take a gondola ride!
Wander- There are no cars so wander around the canals and get lost while exploring this unique city.
St. Mark- The basilica and square are the most famous in Venice.
Carnival- It may not be Brazil, but Venice also celebrates in style. You can find the beautifully adorned masks all year round, though.
Glass- Head over to Murano, another island than the main one to watch and learn about glass blowing. Murano is world renowned for their colorful and skillfully crafted Venetian blown glass.
Gondola ride- The iconic Venetian thing to do. A bit out of my budget.
Price- €80-100 EUR ($95-$120) for 40 minutes
Staying: I only ever went for a day trip and that was enough for me. The city is beautiful but it’s expensive a few hours after window shopping, getting lost in the streets, watching boats pass by and eating a gelato, I was ready to head back out again.
Going: The famed Romeo and Juliet balcony is in nearby Verona and an easy afternoon stop. To the south Bologna, Florence and Rome are an easy and short train ride away; to the west you can hit Milan, to the North is Austria and to the east you can visit Trieste which is a very unique region in Italy or head to Slovenia and Croatia.