Day 1, From the moment you land on Venetian ground you will fall in love with the place. A place like no other. From the airport water bus to the bustling activity in Venice.
The water taxi will cost you 15 euros one way and is approx. 1 hour & 15 minutes journey. It feels shorter as there’s so much to take in.
San Zaccarchia is a brilliant location to stay in Castello, 5 minutes away from St. Mark’s square and all the popular tourist hot spots but not too busy. It’s great to wander around the streets of Venice and take everything in. You will notice lots of glass made at a local island ‘Murano’. You can do a quick ferry trip over. Antica Riva is a nice place to stay in a great location & very clean, they also provided fruit and yoghurt for breakfast, the hosts are very welcoming & helpful.
We meandered to St. Mark’s square, a short walk and checked out the Basilica, we were amazed by the building and all its aura. The square is worth a look at, but avoid the pigeons.We stopped at a bar on the water front next to Arsenale ferry stop which had great views, Bar Angio, which served Italian beer in a cute boot glass. 1 litre of beer for 10 euros and 6.80 for a medium beer in the novelty boot, plus free Wi-Fi.
Pizzeria Cip Cap for our tea. Calzone and pizza is cheap at 3 euros for calzone and 2.50 for a slice of pizza.
The pizza is normally weighed so can sometimes end up more than you think by a euro but not much. Followed by a few drinks in San Zaccharia at Magna Bevi Tasi. The music here is pumping and gets you in the holiday spirit, small but fun place and not far from the accommodation Antica Riva.
Day 2, We walked to Rialto Bridge!
To be honest I expected more. However if you get a gondola from here, you can see the bridge in all its glory.
The gondolas are expensive but we managed to barter & get 10 euros off the price. The way to see the city. The gondolier was exceptionally skilled and took us on the Grande Canal and small canals for 70 euros normally 80 euros. Not to be missed and the tradition is to kiss as you go under the Rialto bridge.
After the gondola ride we wandered around and went to Ontario Dai Jemei bar and had a Soave for 3 euros and they served delicious crostini’s at 1.80 euros each. The bridge of sighs next for a selfie & over to the Isola Di San Giorgio Maggiore. The ferry over to the island leaves regularly and costs only 5 euros & approx. 5 minutes ride from San Zaccaria. This allows you to go up the bell tower which has spectacular views looking back at Venice for a small 6 euros, this is towards reservation costs & there is a lift to the top.
If you enjoy English footie head to the Irish bar, Sharks for a bevy (Pedevena for 5 euros).
Venice you were amazing!
UK- based writer who is happiest when combining her two loves: travel & gin.