Venice, the perfect land of beautiful (but Italian) gothic architecture floating on water. Believe it or not, you can easily tour it in one weekend – literally.
My time in Venice
Before taking the flight there there, I literally watched many Youtube videos and read many articles to gain a rough understanding of the city and make the most of my time there, as you would do if you don’t have a lot of time but want to get the most out of your experience.
Places listed – but totally unplanned on the map. We wanted some sort of chilled vibe to our trip. The first night we got there, we just headed straight for gelato (because why not).
The next day, we already toured the whole of Venice which left us the next day to tour another island nearby and the day after to completely chill and go wherever just before we leave Venice as it was coming to an end of our holiday.
How you can make the most out of Venice
- Plan out where you want to go
- Think about the vibe you’d like to feel for this holiday so you know how much to plan and the type of things to plan for
- Leave some time for relaxing. At the end of the day, it’s a holiday
Some notes for your trip
- Opening hours: Do not trust the opening hours on Google for every places you want to go to. Best to walk there and ask for yourself because not every places in Venice are amazingly accurate.
- Public transport: When getting public transport to the city, best to get one trip from the machine than from the counter as they will pressure you into buying either 3 days which will cost you €40 per person or 7 days at €72 per person. When in Venice, you will never need any public transport because you can do everything by walk. If you ever wanted to go to another Island, you can buy another single ticket. As for the majority of your trip, you will not need any public transport.
- Cashpoint: there will be cashpoints around Venice
- Restaurants: they are ridiculously expensive and it can be the most basic food ever, your best bet is to literally search on Trip Advisor or the internet in general for nice places because reviews are mostly honest.
Guide to Venice in one weekend
Yes, it was chilled, yes it was just for a short period of time, but also yes, we toured all that we wanted to (most of the touristy places around Venice). This guide is going to help you save time and money!
IN THE DAY
We toured all the main ones including the Rialto bridge. Literally you will be crossing more bridges than you’ve ever had in your life walking in Venice within one weekend. You get off one bridge and you’ll get on another. They’re all beautiful though!
IN THE EVENING (all of these locations are near St Mark’s Square)
St Mark’s Square visit in morning or evening when crowds are gone.
Saint Mark’s Basilica
Campanile di San Marco to see the view of Venice
Basilica Santa maria della salute
THE NEXT DAY
Murano – nearby island famous for glass making
Burano – nearby island famous for lacework
MUSEO LEONARDO DA VINCI
On one of those days on the way to central (St Mark’s Square) Owen and I stopped by The Leonardo Da Vinci Museum. This was honestly one of the most inspiring places I have ever been to in my life. I had the opportunity to see his inventions and play with them because the museum built a version where the public can test his inventions. In his life time, he invented so many things and his mindset is just one of a genius. I really wish I was his student. He is committed to being a lifelong learner which is something I am also committed to.
Here goes something irrelevant from me, again, recently I read a book (don’t remember which) but it mentioned that in order to learn from the master, we have to follow their example, read their work, and follow their footsteps. The strategy to being a leader in your industry isn’t hard, the strategy is the same but it just requires commitment – which a lot of people can’t do.
P.S. I cannot share a picture of this experience due to copyright purposes but I can guarantee that this will be the most worth it €8 you’ll ever spend in a long time.