Venice, Italy is a 118 island maze of culture, history and food! It's definitely on my 'have to go back' list as one day was simply not enough random exploring for me!
'Must-Do' Attractions and Destinations In Venice, Italy
Have a ride around on the Vaporetto Water Bus System
Getting around is super easy and cheap. Being that you have 2 options - walking or using the public Vaporetto ferry system. We only used the ferry system at the end of the day to get back to our bus. It was extremely easy to navigate and very cheap - only €7.50! If you have the time, I would suggest taking the long route around the islands and just enjoying the ride with a spectacular view.
Walking around you're guaranteed to get lost, and heck it's fun! You'll think you know exactly which bridge you crossed, only to find yourself, unbelievably, at a dead end, a 'no through' street ending either in brick wall or canal. We had a spare 30 minutes and decided to see how far we could get ourselves deep within the teeny walkways, canopied in tiny balconies and lamp posts. It didn't take long to find a quiet lonesome bridge tucked away from the crowds where we could take a few moments to bathe in the overwhelming joy of just being in this incredible city.
A lovely surprise was how clean the water is - for a main water system for a major city. A nice little symbol of this being the garbage boats driving around, men standing at the front with long nets, scooping up any floating rubbish.
Gotta love men...
'Oh Honey please don't stop there! I'm trying to get a photo...'
'I know, i'm just making it better!' *giant smiley face*.... still doesn't move out of the way, sigh...
Everything in this city is built on stilts! Originally they had wells throughout the entire city, boring down through the marshiness to fresh water below. After a while, they realised that this was causing the structures to sink. Most wells are no longer, but a few stand around the city as a nice little historical talking point.
Visit the last remaining Venitian Lace School
Famous glass blowing on the island of Murano
Eat Real Italian Food
Italian food in Italy is like Italian food no where else. It's made using very simple and few ingredients. The point being to enjoy every single one, not necessarily having a few complimenting each other. This then means all ingredients in a dish are fresh and the cream of their crop! Each mouthful like a visit to a southern Italian Farmstead.
FUN FACT: Ok maybe not so fun, more of a heads up, crappy fact alert! Anywhere in Italy, you will find a 'sit down' fee added to your bill at restaurants. Logical solution would be to get takeaway... nope. They then also charge for takeaway containers/cups. Slightly frustrating, but especially when on a budget and this fee can be upwards of 5 euro per person!
Visit the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum
With the little time we had in this labyrinth of a city, I let curtis get his nerd on in the form of gawking, like a One Direction fangirl at a concert, at one of his scientific idols. It was actually one of only a very few museums we checked out in our short time in Europe, and it delightfully impressed. I even found myself gawking at some of this incredible mans feats!
I Spy! On your adventure, see if you can find Venice's own leaning tower, the statue depicting Manin and his trusty Griffin and the very first bridge of Venice, dripping in gold and jewels!