Last year I turned 30 in Europe and it was one of my most memorable trips to date! During the last few days of our trip we spent time in Italy, including the charming and romantic city of Venice. Spending a day in this city was enough for us however I would stay 2 days if you have the time! One of the great things about visiting Europe is how easy and fast it is to get from one place to the next. This is something that I’m not used to living in big ol’ Texas. I’ve listed everything you need to know about how we spent a magical 24 hours in Venice, the beautiful floating city.
Last year when we were traveling, I didn’t realize that 2020 would be the year I started a blog. I would have actually taken notes and kept track of all the amazing places we ate. Next time I travel I will be sure to do that. Since this was a quick 24 hours spent in Venice, I unfortunately don’t have the names of all the cute restaurants and coffee shops we ate at, except for the pizza and gelato!
How To Get To Venice
We were heading to Venice from Slovenia and the nearest train station to us was Trieste Centrale Railway Station. The train ride from Trieste to Venice (Venzia Santa Lucia Station) was affordable and a short 2 hours!
Venice is a walking city which means there are no cars. Technically you can walk almost anywhere but since we were hauling around luggage we decided to take a vaporetto (water bus) to our Airbnb. You will see the vaporetto’s once you walk down out of the station. Once you come out of the station, it will also be the first time you get to see the beautiful city across the water! The vaporetto fare is 6.50 euros one way and there are day passes available if you need one. The people working on the vaporetto’s do a great job of yelling out the stops so you can just enjoy the nice ride along the Grand Canal until it’s time to hop off!
Where To Stay in Venice
When booking your trip, obviously do your research and find the best deal for you. Since we were staying a short 24 hours in Venice, all we needed was a clean Airbnb that was central to what we wanted to see. We found a cute and quaint apartment in San Polo that was perfect for our short visit.
Where we ate in Venice
I don’t have to tell you that Venice is a breathtakingly beautiful city. You’ve probably gathered that much from the many pictures you’ve seen. Like most of the popular cities in Italy, Venice is jam packed with tourists even during the off season when we went in October! Google Maps, Yelp and Trip Advisor are your best friends! Make sure to review and save all the restaurants you want to check out. Also here’s a tip – if there is someone outside of a restaurant trying to catch your attention and get you to check out their menu, there’s a high chance that the food isn’t as good as they are hyping it out to be! Also, most restaurants have their menu posted on the outside window.
Dinner: We stumbled into this restaurant as we made our way through the new streets we were exploring. I knew I wanted pasta, wine and tiramisu and it wasn’t that hard to find LOL.
Breakfast: The fact that I took a picture of this chocolate croissant means it was that good! There are so many precious coffee shops and wine bars that it will be impossible to not find one!
Lunch: Antico Forno – Best.Pizza.Ever and they sell it by the slice! I wish I had pictures but both me and Keeyan INHALED this pizza and went for seconds right after haha!
Gelato: A friend had told me to go check out Suso and I’m so glad we did!
What we did in 24 Hours
Venice is one of those cities that you have to visit once simply for its elegance and romance. Most of our time we spent walking through the narrow streets of the city! It is easy to get lost in the streets of Venice and that’s what makes this city all the more magical and fun! It’s obvious that love is literally in the air. But with that being said, there IS a slight smell considering the city is on water so don’t be surprised. Like most popular cities, Venice is filled with tourists. We visited during the off season in the Fall and we still had to navigate and get through the busy streets. If you are trying to soak in the history and the sights with minimal crowd, I would suggest setting that alarm and going early!
Gondola Ride: I’ll admit, Gondola’s are a huge tourist trap but if you didn’t experience a Gondola ride, did you even go to Venice? There are SO many places catch one that it will be hard not to. The good thing is that the official prices are set and if you are being told a different price you are probably being ripped off. Day time hours from 9am to 7pm cost 80 euros for a 40 minute ride. Late night hours from 7pm to 1am costs 100 euros for a 40 minute ride.
St. Marks Square: Also known as Piazza San Marco, St. Mark’s Square is a huuuuge public square in front of St Mark’s Basilica. The only thing is that it is PACKED. Unless you plan to go very very early it is impossible to take pictures!
Rialto Bridge: Similar to St. Marks Square, the Rialto Bridge is another iconic Venice photo op that is filled with people. If you want to get some pictures, I suggest heading out very early!
If you do have the time, go to Burano Island or any of the other little Islands. I wish we could have gone but we just didn’t have enough time and were heading to Lake Como the same day (future blog post soon)!
Hope you enjoyed this post and tips for a quick 24 hours in Venice! I’m praying for the day we can go back to traveling, but until then I’ll reminisce through these blog posts 🙂 What will be the first place you visit once it becomes safe to travel?! Leave a comment below! Happy Friday friends & stay safe!!