What to do in Venice
What to do in Venice for three days?
Well this is the right article to read as we were exactly in Venice for only three days! So what have we done? Check this out!
We fly from Stansted Airport to Treviso Airport using Ryanair.
We choose a very early flight at around 6.20am.
When we arrive at Treviso Airport, we get a bus to Piazzale Roma. It is very easy to find the bus. It is just right outside the airport. You can also buy ticket on the spot. The journey is quite long; it takes approximately 1 hour from Treviso Airport to Piazzale Roma. From Piazzale Roma, we then board a vaporetto – a waterbus in Venice – to Rialto.
You can sit inside or outside. In a rainy day probably better sit inside.
The weather is a little gloomy when we arrive in Venice.
But the excitement arise as I can’t wait to step outside to see the Grand Canal.
We then stop at The Rialto and walk to our Hotel: Hotel Serenissima.
We pass by a beautiful little bridge with a view of the Bell Tower.
From the hotel, as we arrive too early, we just drop our bag and continue to see Piazza San Marco, which is only five minutes walk from Hotel Serenissima.
We decided to go into the Doge’s Palace as it was raining outside.
Inside the Doge’s Palace, you will be mesmerised by the beauty of the ceilings and walls. They are just pure fine art at the extreme!
Some of the ceilings are gilded!
There are various enormous paintings!
We also see the prisons! Can’t believe they have prisons near to the Doge throne! Someone must have a tough security job.
The famous attraction is The Bridge of Sighs, where this is the bridge with the last chance to see the outside world – before you enter the prison!
The Bridge of Sighs itself is beautiful – this you can see from outside the Palace.
Back to the Doge’s Palace, it also has a museum, displaying collection of armours and pottery.
We then have lunch at a Cafe near our hotel it is called Cafe alla citta di Torino.
It is a lovely Cafe – the food is reasonably priced compared to other Cafe. It is near St Mark’s square, but it does not open in the evening.
After lunch, we checked in to our hotel and refreshed ourselves. We loved Hotel Serenissima so much. The location is strategically placed between St Mark’s square and Rialto bridge.
Then before dinner, we go to see Rialto bridge and stop at a lovely Cafe just at the bottom of the Rialto Bridge.
I had a lovely spremuta arancia – love this freshly squeezed orange juice!
Then we opted for dinner not too far from our Hotel. The dinner, however, is quite breaking the bank. It costs us 60 euros for two persons! Oh well, it’s Venice after all. We even survey some restaurant prices before we chose one, nevertheless they are all expensive.
On Day 2, we start the day by enjoying fabulous breakfast at the Hotel Serenissima.
We then visit the Basilica di San Marco. We first start with the Basilica Museo upstairs. There are splendid gilded mosaics and the major exhibition is the four bronze horse statues from the ancient Roman period. Apparently the ones outside the Church are copies. The real ones are inside, in the Museum. We were not allowed to take pictures, so there is no picture about what is inside the Museum.
We also went to a Sunday Mass at the Basilica. Couldn’t be more happier to be inside! The Basilica is splendid!
All the ceilings is gilded. It is so mesmerising to be inside the Basilica.
Look at the ceilings above the Altar! Aren’t they magnificent?
After the Mass at the Basilica, we went for a walk to the Academia Bridge. I am not sure why it is called the Academia Bridge. My husband told me that the view from the Academia Bridge is fabulous. And he is right.
At that time however, the Academia Bridge was covered up. I am not sure why, so we can’t even see the full view from the Bridge. These pictures were taken only from small hole as the whole bridge-grips are covered.
We then walk around Venice City Centre and even stop to have a cup of hot cioccolato.
We then have lunch at our favourite Cafe Torino – not far from our hotel – in a small quiet courtyard not far from St Mark’s square.
After lunch, we come back to our favourite Cafe near the Rialto Bridge. We decided to have a sit outside this time, as the weather starts to get sunny.
My husband obviously does not want to miss the legendary Spritz! I opted for a nice ice tea.
It is lovely sitting outside, as we got to see many gondolas, water taxis, and vaporetti passing by.
We spent probably almost two hours just sitting and watching the world goes by. So relaxing to see the grand canal!
At night, we decided to explore restaurant on the other side of the grand Canal. We then opted for Trattoria Alla Madonna, not far from the Rialto Bridge. The price is quite reasonable compared to other restaurants.
My menu is ‘fried seafood from the Adriatic sea’ and here I have a variety of seafood. They are too fishy though. I should’ve just ordered spaghetti vongole. My husband has mozarella and I think a rigatoni, with bellini as drink.
We then spend a time just walked around the Rialto Bridge and enjoy the evening.
Lovely view of gondolas from the Rialto bridge. Ah what a lovely evening in Venezia.
We also went to St Mark Square have gelatos and just stroll around.
We also see the lagoon and gondola parking at night.
What a lovely evening, especially with a clear sky and a full moon around us.
We start the day with a wonderful breakfast at Hotel Serenissima. I really recommend this hotel when you are visiting Venice. Their breakfast is superb. Although our room is on the top floor where we should climb many stairs, we like the decoration and I specially like the shower room. Our room is also air conditioner-ed. And the most important thing is this hotel location which is just between St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge.
And since this is our last day in Venice (so sad isn’t it), we make it to the full. The weather is nice and sunny too which make it an absolute must to take pictures! Please if you copy my pictures, please mention my website mariabristoll.com as your source!
We go to St Mark’s Square and take fabulous pictures!
We also visit the Campanile or the Bell Tower! For only 8 Euros, you can see 360 degree panoramic view of Venice!
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We also went to see some antique shops in Venice, though I did not buy any, as the prices are too expensive.
We did not come inside this shop, just window browsing, seems it is an expensive one.
We also visit one near Rachtian, it is called Paropamiso. It is an interesting shop as it also housed Asian antiques. The price though is very expensive.
This one below, I forget what it is called. It is just on a corner after a small ponte (bridge).
We also see coin shop! It is called Degani and it is exactly in St Mark’s square.
Degani also has antique stamps.
We scroll around Venice for the last time before heading to Rialto Vaporetto stop.
Then we head to our Vaporetto at Rialto to go to Piazzale Roma. Ciao Belissima Venezia!
We have a lovely lunch at Piazzale Roma. From Piazzale Roma we head to ATVO bus to Treviso Airport.
Another nice lunch at the Treviso Airport.
As so sad to leave Venice. Ciao Venezia and until we meet again…