Since I was 9 months old I have been to Venice every year, my parents have always loved Venice. As I was growing up I was taken here with them, and I also feel in love with Venice.
Venice is a very unique place, with a lot of history. The main part that everyone knows about, is that it is sinking but that’s due to the sand foundations it was built on many many years ago. This was a strategical move back then, to protect the city from invaders but now due its popularity and the weight of the tourists and buildings its slowly sinking.
For me when I visit Venice I ignore the biz, and I am instantly transported back in time and its like a home from home to me. I know Venice that well I can navigate its small streets, and remember how to get to places one year on….where I stay is in Glasgow and if you ask me for directions well your asking the wrong guy.
This years visit to Italy was for my summer holiday, and this year more so was a relaxation holiday rather than try and see as many different close locations as possible. That being said visiting Venice is always top of my list, for sight seeing or to relax.
Part of my visit to Venice this year, my parents were given a gift of Afternoon Tea at the Hotel Danieli. If you don’t know much about this hotel click the below link.
This hotel is a very attractive hotel, but it also comes with attractive prices. The more you pay for a room you will be located in the main building, but the cheaper the rooms get you are in the back of the building which I have been told you don’t get the best views.
I have never stayed here, but maybe that time I win big in the lottery I would like to spend a long weekend here….but till then I will just keep checking my lotto numbers.
The Afternoon Tea
There are two places you can be served food or afternoon tea, the first being as you go in the door and to the left. This area is a very nice lounge area, that has a very nice relaxing atmosphere. The second location is situated upstairs, where you can sit outside and have a view of the Grand Canal.
Today’s visit we were seated in the lounge area.
As you can see the presentation was very nice, and you were given a good choice of food. I wont comment on the cost since it was a gift, but you can click the website and take a look.
This was a very enjoyable and very relaxing Afternoon Tea.
While you are in Venice, there are a lot of landmarks to see and places to visit. This blog and my accompanying VLOG don’t do it justice but hopefully will give you a little taster.
I will say a little about each place but also give you a link to Wikipedia which will give you more information and more historical information.
Piazza San Marco
One of Venice’s busiest areas for two reasons, its where most of the tourists are dropped off for their day and also its history.
If you manage to visit here and its not mega busy, you will get a very nice experience. My best advice is to walk about, and look everywhere as the detail of the buildings is amazing.
This bridge has many shops at each side, and all the locals and tourists walk up the centre of the bridge. The bridge is affectively built on wooden pillars, so I really don’t know how its lasted to stay up this long but it’s an amazing design.
Most of the shops on this bridge are costly, but if your wanting to say you got a little something from Venice then a once off is good. If you do visit walk to the centre, and go to each side here is where you will get great photos.
Gondola rides are another very popular activity to do in Venice, but be warned they are VERY costly for what you get.
If you walk about the prices can vary but it’s roughly about 80 euros for 30mins, and thats per person just for a ride.
For me I have done it and enjoyed the experience, I would do it again and this time just sit and look rather than take photos and videos. Would I do it every year? no mostly due to the cost but it’s a nice experience to try at least once.
Saint Mark’s Basilica
One thing you will notice is on the busy days in Venice, you will see a long waiting line to get inside and do the tours. I was once told someone waited 4 hours just to get inside, for me I have never wanted to wait that length just to see inside. If I ever do go back to Venice and its off peak times, I may go in side but only if its not very busy.
This is another building that a lot of people wait to go inside, as I have been told that you get a great 360 view of Venice from the top.
I have never had the urge to go inside and see this view, mostly as I managed to get to a hotels roof which gave me an amazing view and one I think would be better than this view….but I cant fully comment on that.
And that’s the holiday over for another year……next visit to Venice I will show you more attractions.
Hopefully you have learned a few new things, even if its just a taster of Venice. If your nervous when you get here do a little walking tour, but to be honest they are over priced and all you do is walk and see places you don’t get to experience much.
Walk about and do it yourself, if you get lost just ask “San Marco” or follow the signs that are up on the buildings.
If you have any questions about Venice, feel free to message me on here or Twitter and also check out my YouTube Video.
After my Lido Di Jesolo post, I am now doing one on my other favourite place in Italy…Venice.
I have been going to Italy since I was 9 months old, and every time I have visited Venice. Now I am 33 (at time of posting) and I know Venice probably better than I know Glasgow.
For me Venice is a magical city, its like stepping back in time. I am not that in to history or architecture, but when I come here I know a little history and I love looking at all the different building designs.
Even after all these years there are still streets, and parts I have still to visit.
When you come to Venice you need to expect if your at a tourist spot, or near the front you will pay that little bit more and maybe a large service charge. If you travel to the back away from the main areas, you will find cheaper places to drink and eat.
If you do visit Venice, here are a few places I would recommend you visit. If you want any history about the places mentioned below, just do a Google search.
Harry’s Bar :
Harry’s bar is a very popular place to visit, its also the location of the famous Bellini cocktail.
I was told by many people I had to try here, it was amazing and the place was nice and even more so the food. On entering you will notice it’s a small place, and its just like an old fashioned bar.
I didn’t order a Bellini when I was here but I did order a small cocktail.
The service was good, the price was very costly but I did expect that before going in so I didn’t mind too much.
Overall it was just ok, I wasn’t as impressed as everyone said I should be as it was just so so for me….but I did tick it of my places to visit so I was happy.
Cafe Florians :
Café Florian is a very famous Café in Venice and Europe.
It is the oldest coffee house in Europe and has been visited by many royals and celebrities.
TIP : You will have a music charge per person as soon as you order, even if the music has just stopped or not started. This is to pay the live band that is playing.
This is a very nice Cafe, and has a very relaxing atmosphere when you are either sitting outside or sitting inside.
I have been in Cafe Florian’s a few times and enjoyed every visit, yes it’s a little costly but it’s a nice thing to do more so since it’s a once a year thing for me.
St Marks Square :
Well, what can I say? This is your main area in Venice.
Standing here gives you an amazing feeling, with the amazing architecture and the buzz of everyone from many different countries.
I have walked about here many times well over 40 times, and every time I notice some detail I have never seen before.
There is a lot of history here, too much for me to go in to so if your interested check Wikipedia.
If you want to do the sights here like go up the tower etc you will need to visit Venice very early in the morning, as if you wait too long you will have to wait for more than 2 hours or more then 5 hours.
The square looks a lot bigger from end to end than it actually is, as it’s an optical illusion if you take a look at some aerial photos at its shape you will see.
Bride of Sighs :
Everywhere you go in Venice, there is a lot of history attached and this bridge is one of them.
Years ago when prisoners were going to get executed they would walk over this bridge and stop at the two small windows. They would look over the magical view of the lagoon and sigh, as this was their last view before the execution.
This view here has a lot of people standing taking photos, here is a little tip if you get to the other side it’s a lot less crowed and you still get a really good photo.
Rialto Bridge :
The main bridge in Venice, and one that is very well known.
For me the shops along each side are nice to see, but the best part of this bridge is when you go to either side at the top you get a really nice view.
I have already done a blog post on this restaurant, but I do recommend you check it out. The prices are good and the service is good.
I had recently watched a few podcasts of Venice, and this was a place to visit if you liked Coffee.
Caffe del Doge is a small cafe situated over the Rialto Bridge and a short walk.
For me it was ok, it felt like a bar but one that does coffee instead of beer. If I was having a coffee I would go to La Terrazza as thats more my style.
I have only done this once, it’s not something I would do ever year mostly due to the cost. What you will find is there are a lot of places you can get a Gondola Ride, but everyone charges different prices so if you want to take a ride on one you may need to bargain with the owner or move on to the next.
This was a very nice experience, and one that was very relaxing. My ride was for 40mins, and it cost 80 euros each. Was this a good price? I really don’t know as I didn’t ask about.
I think you need to do this twice, first time take a lot of photos and second time sit and enjoy it. I feel I didn’t enjoy it as much as possible as I was too busy taking photos, so maybe one day I will have my second Gondola Ride.
There are many places in Venice to visit, the above is just some of the main things I would recommend. If you do visit any of these places or have done, feel free to let me know as it’s aways good to hear what people think about here.