Where I Stayed: Hotel Ai Do Mori -great choice if you are on a budget, but still want to be close to the city center; about five minute walk to St. Mark’s Square
What I Did:
- Murano and Burano Tour – I would highly recommend taking a day trip to these two beautiful islands. This was well worth the money!
- Walking Tour of Venice + Boat Ride – I thoroughly enjoyed the walking portion of this tour. However, I would recommend taking a gondola tour rather than a motorized boat tour.
- Rialto Farmer’s Market – Great market to visit because it gives you a glimpse into the lives of the locals.
- Walk around Venice & GET LOST! – To me, the best part about Venice was getting lost because I got to see some hidden canals and quieter streets.
- Sit on the pier by St. Mark’s Square at night- I spent about an hour here looking at the moon, people watching, and enjoying live music echoing from St. Mark’s Square.
Where I Ate: (also the best part of my trip)
- Trattoria Al Gazzettino – Wow. What an experience this was! This restaurant is off the beaten path so to speak. However, it is worth finding! Going to this restaurant really made me feel like Italy was my home. I only ordered an entree and a cappuccino for dessert. However, the staff gave me a free glass of prosecco with my entree, a free cookie and almond cake with a shot of liquor for dessert, a free glass of strawberry prosecco with dessert, AND A FREE BAG OF PASTA! 10 out of 10 recommend! *Make reservations in advance!
- Ristorante Trattoria Cherubino – Absolutely the BEST spaghetti and clam sauce I have ever had! This restaurant is also off the beaten path so to speak, but it is well worth it. Great service, great atmosphere, and authentic experience! *Also make reservations in advance!
- Magna Bevi Tasi – Great little cafe for breakfast
What To Be Prepared For:
- Crowds – As with any tourist destination, there are going to be tons of other people just like yourself! The crowds seemed magnified in Venice because the street and canals are so narrow. Have patience.
- Getting Lost – There is no way to avoid getting lost in Venice. You WILL get lost at some point.
- Knockoffs – Be weary of knockoff souvenirs including “Murano glass” and “Burano lace”. These items are only sold at the real store on the islands of Murano and Burano, and are very, very expensive!