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Enjoy a Long Weekend in Venice
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Top Things to Do in Venice Italy : Why did I wait until my late forties to spend a long weekend in Venice? Happily, Olivier’s birthday provided the perfect excuse to explore this city. Short breaks to Venice are perfect as trips to Venice offer something for everyone. We opted for 3 nights in Venice because 4 days in Venice are perfect to explore what this beautiful city has to offer. It might sound silly, but weekend breaks to Venice start the moment you catch sight of the city from the air. Your heart can’t fail to skip a beat at the first glimpse of the iconic miniature buildings floating in front of you on the horizon.
Travel in Venice - Decisions, Decisions Venice by Water Bus or Water Taxi?
There are pros and cons for both. First, the water taxi. This is a quick, direct and romantic way to arrive in Venice but it’s expensive. In contrast, the water bus is much cheaper and is a great way of starting your Venice mini-break. A return ticket costs approximately 27 Euros and it’s an excellent way of travelling side by side with the locals. As a result, we opted for this route to Venice.
However, take note! Journeys by public ferry from the airport can last between 40 minutes and 1 hour 45 minutes depending on your Venetian destination. The Alilaguna blue line stops at 12 places and people hop on and off. Therefore, make sure you buy a drink and snacks at the airport!
We had a 1 hour 45-minute journey to the island of Giudecca! However, we loved circumnavigating Venice. It is a romantic way of taking in the sights at a leisurely pace. Who can forget the first sight of blue stripy gondola mooring posts at Murano? Also, the Campanile in St Mark’s Square looming ever nearer as you approach Venice? What better way to start our weekend trip to Venice?
Check this website https://www.alilaguna.it/en/lines/lines-map for more information about Alilaguna.
St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), Venice
Top Tips for Venice - Venice Gondolas
Trips from Venice - Murano and Burano, Venetian Islands
After a short stop here, we took another vaporetto to our second island destination. Burano is a small fishing village and is famous for its hand-crafted lace and brightly coloured houses lining the canals. The streets are adorned with shops selling artisanal products with lace floating in the breeze. Against a backdrop of brilliant blue sky, the multi-coloured houses form a dazzling patchwork. Buildings here are a complete contrast to the earthy colours of Venice.
Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) & St Mark’s Bell Tower (Campanile), Venice
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St Mark’s Square is one of the lowest lying tourist attractions and is the first place to flood. However, Venice is well-equipped for acqua alta. Elevated wooden walkways called ‘passarelle’ are quickly erected and life goes on as usual until the floods subside after a few hours. If your weekend in Venice happens to be struck by floods, you will have a memorable story to share with friends and family.
Long weekend in Venice - Our Final Thoughts
Further Reading To Plan Your Weekend Away To Venice
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