Gondolas on the Canal's of Venice, Italy

A Guide to Venice

As some of you might know, I recently did a little Euro trip and Venice was the place I was most excited about visiting and it did not disappoint at all.

Canals of Venice, Italy

We stayed in Sunny Terrace Hostel which had lovely private rooms and bathrooms. It was on the island of Giudecca which was much quieter but just as pretty as the main island and was only a quick boat ride away. We really appreciated coming back to this island away from the crazy crowds of the main island.

Canals on Giudecca, Venice, Italy

Canals on Giudecca

From Giudecca you get one of the boat buses to St. Mark’s Square. Start walking to your left and within two minutes you’re going to see a crowd of tourists standing on a little bridge. They are looking out at the Bridge of Sigh’s. The bridge was named so as prisoners would pass through this bridge and this would be their last view over beautiful Venice before being taken to their cells. Attached to the bridge is Doge’s Palace and right around the corner is St. Mark’s Square and Cathedral. So most of the main attractions are all right there within two minutes walk of each other. This is where the majority of the crowds are too.

Gondolas passing the Bridge of Sigh's in Venice, Italy

Bridge of Sigh’s

Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

Doge’s Palace

St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, Italy

St. Mark’s Square

So now you’re going to head into the narrow alleyways and find some hidden canals. Venice is very confusing. I would recommend definitely getting some offline maps or even get data so you know you’ll be okay. We had data and still managed to get lost in these streets. But I wasn’t complaining because within minutes we were away from all other tourists and behind every corner was another beautiful canal or tiny alleyway. We went looking for a bookshop called Acqua Altra Liberia. It was a dream for booklovers, books on books on books literally. They have a gondola and a bathtub full of books. There is even a staircase made from books. We would have spent hours there if all the books weren’t in Italian! After this we accidentally stumbled upon Rialto Bridge and watched all the boats pass the Grand Canal.

Gondola full of books in Acqua, Altra Liberia in Venice Italy

Books stacked high in Acqua Altra Liberia, Venice, Italy

We decided to get tattoos while we were here. This is becoming a little tradition when my friend and I travel together. We got it done in Giovanna Zorn GioTattoo. They did an amazing job and we were giddy with happiness with our new tattoos.

We wanted to watch the sunset over Venice but unfortunately we missed it. Campanile Di San Marco is a great place to have a meal and a drink and watch the sunset but you will need a reservation. Skyline Rooftop Bar on Giudecca is a nice place to enjoy a drink and watch it set. Or you could do it for free from Rialto Bridge.

Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Rialto Bridge

Honest Opinion. I love Venice. I have seen a lot of hate for it lately among bloggers. Yes it was over crowded, it was over priced and I was exhausted after walking around all day. But I absolutely loved every minute of it. Every time we turned around a new corner I practically squealed with happiness. It was just so unbelievably pretty. I love that every building in Venice is old, and there is just no room for anything new. This is what Venice has looked like for a very long time and this is what it is going to look like until it sinks into the sea.

Selfie in St.Mark's Square, wearing a Venice Hat, Venice, Italy

So I hope you enjoyed reading this. I’d love to hear what you think? Do you want to visit Venice, have you been, did you love it or hate it? If you want to see any of other posts about Italy or Europe be sure to get them out here. You can follow me on Bloglovin’ here. For more travel snaps you can follow me on instagram here. And thanks so much for reading.

A Guide to Venice Italy

59 thoughts on “A Guide to Venice

  1. Amanda Afield says:

    We are (finally!) going to Venice next spring and I’m really excited. I was hesitant at first since I’ve gotten a lot of mixed opinions on it but it looks stunning, which will hopefully make up for the crowds!


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