— 3 Days in Venice —

 Following a wonderful 4 days in Paris, we made the easy journey by plane from France to Italy where we enjoyed a memorable 3 days in Venice. The (ATVO) bus ride to Piazzale Roma on the island of Venice from Marco Polo airport was only about 20 minutes, so shortly after our arrival, we we ready to explore one of Italy’s most romantic cities!

Buildings along the canal in Venice

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During our 3 days in Venice, we stayed at Hotel Arlecchino. It was literally a two minute walk from Piazzale Roma, which was super convenient because of our heavy suitcases. We only had to cross one little bridge to get to the hotel.

Hotel room in Venice

  Room #809 was HUGE in comparison to many hotel rooms we’ve encountered in much of Europe. There was also a sofa in the room and a decent sized bathroom.

Venice canal

We paid a little extra to stay in a room overlooking the canal. Near the hotel was a café called Grecia & Oriente. It was also along a canal, providing us with a great breeze, which was nice, as Venice is marshy and can be a little humid and hot in the summer months.

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Things To Do When You Have 3 Days In Venice

Venice shops

Getting lost in Venice is not very hard to do; it’s like a giant maze. We had no idea where we were headed or even what we were looking for. We passed tons of cafés, gelato shops, tacky souvenir kiosks and shops.

Venice street

We started along the Grand Canal and ended up walking down side alleys and other small canals. We passed through a few plazas and stopped to watch the gondolas go by through the back canals. The heat was intense.

Tourist in Venice

Can you believe that the first time we tried gelato (ever) was in Venice?! It was beyond yummy! Sam ordered a combo of creamy caramel, strawberry and chocolate mint. I ordered creamy caramel. Before we were even done with our cones, we were already thinking about when we could get some more gelato!

Eating gelato in Venice

We started off in search of adventure again, passing more glass, shoe, and leather stores. We somehow managed to find the Rialto Bridge.

Rialto Bridge Venice

We kept walking and eventually saw some dome roof tops in the distance. We assumed we were headed toward St. Mark’s Square, but as we got closer we saw it was just another church and it turns out we were on the complete opposite side of the canal of where St. Mark’s actually is. Oops!

Venice street

We didn’t want to get too far from our hotel, so we decided to start walking back. We were now on the hunt for a specific church – Campo Saint Barnaba, where in Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade, Indy popped up from underground and said, “Ah, Venice”.

Campo Saint Barnaba Indian Jones Last Crusade

After finding our destination, we made our way back toward our hotel and ate dinner at a restaurant right under our hotel. We were craving pizza, a must do while in Italy, right?!

Dinner

In Italy, each person gets their own pizza (which Sam is usually more happy about than in the photo above…it had already been a long and super hot day!). Fortunately they were thin crust. After letting our food settle, we went out for a second helping of gelato!

3 Days in Venice

The Second Day: So Much To Do, So Little Time

Day two in Venice was really our only full day, so we woke up a little early to get in a nice full day (and, of course, leave in time to come back to the hotel midday to rest and escape the heat).

Venice architecture

First stop was the Piazzale Roma water taxi stop. We purchased a 12-hour travel card for €18/per person because just one trip costs €7 (for one way!).

Venice water taxi

Our first destination on the vaporetti was Murano, the nearby island known for glass blown products.

Murano Glass Sculpture Venice

Murano is only about a 10 to 15 minute ride from the mainland. Note: There are two stops on Murano. The second takes you straight to the glassblowing museum. We got off at the first stop and enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the waterways, looking into the stores filled with intricate glass designs, jewelry, trinkets and some elaborate glass chandeliers.

Murano Street Shops

We found our way to the glassblowing museum, which was included in the Venice Museum Pass we purchased for €18 prior to our trip. The museum was neat, but only had displays of early Murano glass products. We were hoping for a little glassblowing demonstration, but the displays were still fascinating.

Murano Venice Waterway

We enjoyed the 20 minute vaporetti ride back to the island of Venice to the St. Mark’s stop. This was a whole new world compared to the opposite side of the island where we were staying. There were so many people!

Crowds in Venice

Everyone was crowded on a bridge that crossed over a canal on the way to Doge’s Palace. Turns out this is where you can see gondolas pass under the famous ‘Bridge of Sighs’ (Ponte dei Sospiri). We quickly had our picture taken and moved on.

Bridge of Sighs with Gondolas Venice

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Doge's Palace Venice

There weren’t as many pigeons as we thought there would be in the square, based on the travel shows we had watched prior to our trip, but it was just as well; I’m not a big fan of birds.

Pigeons in Saint Mark's Square Venice

We left the square and decided we’d come back later when hopefully it would be a little less crowded. We wandered through town looking for Murano glass souvenirs, but they were few and far between, not what we wanted, and were actually more expensive than on Murano itself. (We were advised NOT to buy anything on the island of Murano, as items would be much cheaper in Venice… bad advice!)

Venice buildings

After shopping, we hopped on a water taxi back toward St. Mark’s and unfortunately arrived to Doge’s Palace two minutes after they let the last people in. (They stop admitting people an hour before they actually close.)

Venice museum

Instead we walked around the square and found three-museums-in-one that were included in our museum pass and that were actually open. We strolled through the Correr Museum, the National Archaeological Museum and the Grand Chambers of the Marciana National Library and gazed upon statues, artifacts and old books.

Gondola boats on the Venice canal

We were planning to go on a gondola ride on our last day, but we decided we’d rather save our money for a souvenir we could take home with us. The experience seemed overrated and overpriced, so we decided to skip it. We took plenty of pictures of gondoliers and lived vicariously through the hundreds of others who packed the small boats and cruised the busy canals.

Gondolas at a dock Venice

Day Three: Don’t Wanna Leave!

On our last day in Venice, we decided to go out for a nice dinner. We saw a few places earlier, by the Rialto Bridge, that we wanted to check out, but we didn’t make it past the first restaurant we came to! Those Italians can be pushy and persuasive!

Smiling tourist in Venice

However, the menu looked good and they had a table right along the Grand Canal, so we figured we’d give it a try! We wanted to try Spritz(er), the local drink – white wine with a splash of liquor (bitter Aperol or Select) and a shot of mineral water. It was much too bitter, but we drank it anyway.

Dinner

I had the mushroom ravioli and Sam ordered lasagna. Although my ravioli was a little undercooked, both meals were relatively good. The restaurant was called Riva Del Vin and it made for a lovely last meal in the city of romance!

Forget Someday Travel Blog couple in Venice

Following our lovely 3 days in Venice, it was time to hop aboard the Norwegian Spirit for a Mediterranean cruise. You can also check out the other Mediterranean cruise ports we visited on our 12 day adventure!

Norwegian Spirit Cruise Ship Venice

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13 Comments:

  1. Hi,
    I’m visiting Venice in 2 weeks time with my partner and we were just wondering If you could give us some tips please.
    You mentioned that you got your museum passes for €18 where did you purchase them please?
    Also you mentioned the water boat where did you purchase them an how much were the passes?
    Sorry for the questions but I’m eager to make our trip memorable. Thanks in advance.
    Gemma.

    • Here is the link to purchase a variety of tickets (boats, museum, etc.)- http://www.veneziaunica.it/en/content/main-catalogue
      (The prices have increased slightly since we visited over 2 years ago).

      The public boats called vaporetti and motoscafi run almost constantly during the day and evening, and you’ll seldom have to wait more than a few minutes for one to come along. The water bus that you’re likely to use most often is the No. 1, the local that stops 13 times between the Piazzale Roma and the Piazza San Marco. The standard waterbus fare is a painfully steep so if you plan on traveling extensively by public transportation, you can save money with 12- to 72-hour “tourist travel card” from ACTV, the Venice transit authority. Don’t buy more time than you need. Venice is compact and pedestrian-friendly, so you shouldn’t need to ride the vaporetto very often unless you’re visiting outlying islands (such as the Lido, Murano, Burano, and Torcello) or have limited mobility. Consolidate your excursions. For example, if you’re planning to visit Murano’s glass factories and take a ride up the Grand Canal, buy a 12-hour Tourist Travel Card and make both trips in the same day (18 Euros, as of 2 years ago).

      Our advice: Explore, walk the alleys, get lost, eat gelato often, take lots of pictures, and let the romance of Venice take you away!

      Have a wonderful time! Let us know if you have any other questions we can help you with.

    • You can find tickets on http://www.veneziaunica.it.
      Anyway, buy the vaporetto tourist ticket for the time you stay there, you can take the boat as much as you want, and you can even go to Burano with it. Even the bus number 5, from and to the Airport is included.
      Need more info? I got to Venice every year, often with a group of friends.

      Arrividerci

  2. Thanks for the suggestions!
    Considering to go to Venice with my husband in third week of March, will it be too cold then to walk around? Pls advise.

    • Here is information I pulled from WeatherSpark regarding the weather in Venice in March:
      The month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 50°F to 58°F over the course of the month. The length of the day is rapidly increasing throughout the month. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1:36 hours. The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 11:09 hours of daylight; the longest day is March 31 with 12:46 hours of daylight. The median cloud cover is 50% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month. The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around March 30, occurring in 39% of days. Precipitation is least likely around March 1, occurring in 32% of days. Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain and light rain.

  3. Hi! I would like to book where you stayed in Venice… we are flying in from Paris and will have one day and night before we leave on a cruise also. Is it the Hotel Arecchino or Arlecchino? Just want to make sure I’ve got the correct one! Your trip looks fabulous! Thank you, Sam

  4. Dear Toccara and Sam really enjoyed ur trip. It was as if I was travelling. I want to know how much money should we take with us for 3 days trip in Venice. Because I’ve heard it’s very costly esp. hotels to stay in. Could it be possible that we stay in some nearby island or mestre to save money?

    • If it’s Venice you want to see, I wouldn’t recommend staying on the mainland or a nearby island. You’ll end up spending more money on transportation back and forth. And since you’re only planning for a 3-day visit, you don’t want to cut into your time to explore Venice. The hotels can be expensive yes, but to save money, select hotels that are not directly on the canal. The timing of your visit will also impact hotel prices. Consider visiting in the off season to avoid peak season pricing. I would recommend you split meals to keep costs down, but that’s what ended up getting us kicked out of a restaurant! Consider a travel card/city pass that includes various attractions, transportation, etc. Depending upon how much you plan to do and see, this can save you a good amount of money. I don’t want to suggest set amount of money, because again, it really depends on what you want to see, do, and eat during your time in the city. Whatever you do… have an awesome time! Venice is a memorable city for sure!

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