Top 6 Things to do in Venice
We’re totally dreaming of Venice and all the amazing culture and architecture there is to see – oh and the amazing food! Let’s not forget that! Ilaria Petrucci Photography visited the magical city in September and is sharing her imagery and tips with you today to inspire your travels this year – or your future wanderlust wishlist! The atmosphere of Venice looks exciting as well as super romantic, so here’s Illaria to tell you more about it and her Top 6 Things to do whilst you’re in Venice!
“I chose Venice because I wanted to experience what I heard about this city. As a photographer, and a very dreamy kind of personality, I wanted to witness the light, the magic, walking through the small calle (street in Veneitan) taking it all in…and despite the very high expectations I had, it did not disappoint. I was in love the minute I landed, even before seeing it all!
We stayed in a studio apartment by Quadri apartments just behind San Mark’s square. The location was perfectly central, we couldn’t have asked for more. I came across these apartments while browsing for a hotel to stay in and I really loved the idea to have our own space and kitchen. I am not a cook (at all! Despite my Italian roots…sorry mum!) but both my husband and I are vegan so we liked the idea to have the option to cook something up while there if we were short of restaurant options due to our dietary requirements.
It is so easy to get around and I would highly recommend walking! You cannot drive in Venice! You can drive to Venice up until a Square called Piazzale Roma and from here you can take the Vaporetto-bus (their public transport) to move around. If you fly into Venice Marco Polo Airport, once you come out of arrivals, just follow the signs to the vaporetto, it’s very easy! Don’t forget to get your ticket first from inside the airport. The Vaporetto system is very easy to get used to and you can get a 24 or 48 hrs ticket for 12 euros and get on and off at different stops during that time. They also offer a hop-on-hop-off service just like in London, just on water instead!
What to Pack:
Bring your camera and comfortable walking shoes! Very comfortable! As you will be walking loads! It’s the best way to experience this unique city! Also bring an umbrella or a waterproof jacket if you travel in winter as it can be a little wet. I would add wellies too if you can fit them in, as it can get really flooded after a few hours of heavy rain!
Top 6 Things I Recommend to do in Venice:
1. Get up early and go out to watch the sunrise and experience an almost empty Venice (we did this in San Mark’s Square) which is rather hard to do! The light…is amazing!
2. Go out to San Mark’s Square at night. The lights, the music coming from the bars makes it incredibly magical and romantic
3. Buy a rose when offered, they will not give up
4. Library Aqua Alta! If you love books like me you have to visit this library! It’s located in a small calle just a few minutes walk from San Mark’s Square. I used google maps to find it and asked a few people for help as its quite hidden, but oh so worthy. Books everywhere. In godolas, in a bath tab, on the walls, inside , outside…just amazing. This is the website http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/libreria-acqua-alta
5. Absolutely, non negotiable, go to Burano! I am not even going to say why, just go and tell me about it when you are back! It’s like stepping into a painting…
6. Of course the main must-do sightseeing such as San Mark’s Square, San Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Place, Rialto bridge, Gran Canal (you won’t miss it I proimise!), Murano.
- Photography: Ilaira Petrucci Photography