Tal’s Guide to 24 hours in Venice, Italy
Talk about a city to get lost in… literally!
I am usually pretty good with getting around new cities, but the canals in Venice made this vibrant city a little too confusing for me; so much so that I hopped on a city bus to ride into Venezia, rode straight through my stop and stayed on the bus for 55 minutes, putting me right back to where I started in front of my hotel. A lot of frustration and sweet Italians yelling at me in Italian to try to help me, I eventually made it out into the city!
Here are my top things to do in Venice for your first time:
- Find a building with a rooftop so you can really take in the breath taking views of Venice. I recommend T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, which is Venice’s newest luxury mall, formerly Venice’s old post office. This view was recently in the movie the 15:17 to Paris. It’s located right near the Rialto Bridge, across from the Bacaro Jazz Bar. Go to the 5th floor and see some of the best views. The Bacaro Jazz Bar is another sight to see as visitors’ lingerie adorns the bar.
- Get a 24 hour transportation pass, that way you can use the buses and the vaporettos (Venice’s water taxi’s). The canals make it really difficult walking from one end of the city to the other and the vaporetto stops are super easy to hop on and off from.
- Visit the Libreria Acqua Alta. It’s a tiny book shop, tucked away down an alley that has the cutest outdoor stairs, made out of old books, which leads up to the canal and another beautiful view. The book shop also has the best postcards and tons of other vintage finds!
- Stop in one of the many grocery stores and get a bottle of Belini for less than 5 euros and sit by the canal to take it all in.
- If you want to splurge and have the full Venice experience, take a gondola ride! They range from around 80-100 euro. They are literally everywhere, so no need to look for a specific port. One of my passengers told me to ask the gondolier to go down a quiet canal and you can hear the pots and pans banging and music from the homes.
- Find a restaurant with an outdoor seating area and people watch. This never gets old. Order a Spritz, one of Venice’s famous refreshing drinks, made with prosecco and a dash of bitter liqueur called Aperol. Perfect drink for a hot day along the canal!
- Find the unique vendors along the canals. Many are the typical tourist traps, but I found a watercolor artist painting self portaits along the canal for only
- After dinner, instead of getting dessert, order a scropino! You will not be disappointed! Limoncello, lemon vodka, and lemon gelato all blended into the best after dinner drink ever!