Venice, Italy seems to be on every traveler’s bucket list. This once glorious city on the Adriatic Sea is full of history and beautiful art that harken back to its magnificent past. So if you are looking for a little escape from your day-to-day routine, come along with us on this 2 minute vacation as we get lost in Venice, Italy!
2 Minute Vacation in Venice, Italy
You can drive out to Venice! But you must park your car (very expensive). Cheaper to park on the mainland and take the train (left of picture).
Exiting the train station in Venice (Santa Lucia) – it’s easiest to take water taxis to your hotel
Transportation in Venice, Italy
A perfect moment gazing out at the colorful canals of Venice, Italy
Maps are useless in Venice. This is considered a street where our hotel was!
Splurge on a canal view from your hotel room in Venice (away from the tourist zone)
A beautiful summer day along the Grand Canal, Venice Italy
Relaxing & enjoying the view of Venice after the day-trippers leave
St. Mark’s Square, Venice Italy – really comes alive at night with lights & music.
Intricate gold and tile mosaic above the entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice
Take time to explore the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Learn all about the ancient Venetians & enjoy the art and architecture!
Entering the Doge’s Palace – No pics allowed inside, but I can tell you it is golden-gorgeousness!
The courtyard of the Doge’s Palace, Venice Italy
The Bridge of Sighs in Venice – Connecting the Prison with the Doge’s Palace. It is said prisoners would sigh when peeking out at Venice for the last time.
You must take a gondola ride in Venice. Get away from the tourist zones for better prices & quality rides.
Detailed craftsmanship on the Gondolas in Venice – each a bit different.
Meet our Gondolier – navigating us through the confusing maze of canals in Venice
The risks of being a Gondolier in Venice – don’t forget to duck!
Watching a craftsman make beautiful Venetian Glass!
Never get sick of seeing beautiful scenes like this in Venice Italy
Early morning in Venice, Italy – awaiting the sunrise over the Grand Canal
5 Quick Venice, Italy Travel Tips
Stay in Venice overnight, preferably 2 nights minimum. The best way to experience Venice is when the day-trippers (or cruisers) have left!
Don’t go in the peak of Summer, the heat and crowds are not pleasant.
Get away from the major tourist zones & explore the hidden neighborhoods of Venice.
Taking a gondola ride is a must. But select one away from the tourist zones, and negotiate with the gondolier. You will get a much better price and quality ride.
Don’t even bother with a map. You will get lost regardless, so embrace it. You can only go so far on an island!