My first step on Italian soil was in Venice.
Mel and I always sat at the front of the coach because we got the best views up there (and the most leg room and first dibs on the rooming list). I can distinctly remember the moment I knew we’d left Austria and arrived in Italy when the coach doors swung open and we were hit by a wave of hot, dry air. Hello Italy.
For some people, Venice can appear dirty, confusing and hot. For me, Venice had a sense of romance about it with beauties hidden within the narrow cobbled alleyways – you just had to be open to finding them. Here’s some of my tips:
Get lost within the alleyways
I could easily spend days on end wandering around the too-narrow cobbled streets of Venice without getting bored. Lined with the most beautiful masquerade window displays, Italian cafes, cute jewellery stores and a never-ending supply of gelato. There are mouth-watering smells drifting from the kitchens around every corner and some of the most talented buskers I’ve heard. Don’t be afraid to get lost – you’ll always find your way back to St Marks Square. It does get busy, particularly in summer, and so I’d recommend getting up early to beat the crowds.
Eat and drink
Not only does Italy seriously have the best pizza and pasta hands down, but it also has the most incredible gelato, coffees and wines you’ll ever have. Make sure you eat and drink your way through Venice.
See Venice by water
I know how cliché they are, but there is nothing quite like gliding along the canals in a gondola, underneath the bridges and clothing lines and along the colourful buildings. They are a bit costly, but 200% worth it.
A few personal tips for Venice…
Don’t eat or drink in St Mark’s Square – it will cost you a small fortune because you’ll be paying for the entertainment and seating on top of your food and drinks. You’ll find much better little places down the alleyways in my opinion which are far cheaper.
Don’t swim in the canals – they’re filthy.
When going out for a coffee, some places will charge you a sitting fee. So to save a few euros, have your coffee at the bar standing up & mix with the locals.
Be aware of pickpockets and keep a hand on your valuables.
Comment below some of your Venetian tips!