Despite being one of the top visited cities in Italy, Venice is a pretty expensive place to spend your vacation in. The biggest majority of travellers opt for a shorter stay of just a few days or even hours in the hopes of minimizing their spending. Especially if you’re on a tight budget, you might want to plan your itinerary in advance according to the amount of time you will stay there. It might get a little overwhelming when you don’t know where to start and how to efficiently design your itinerary.
But what is an absolute must to do and see, if you only have a few hours to get the best of Venice? Pretty easy if you follow the footsteps of locals and blend in.
1. Commute Like Locals
If your journey begins at any of the airports in Venice, you might want to grab a taxi that will take you to the Piazza di Roma. From there, you can take the vaporetto (public ferry) or a water taxi and stop at Ponte di Rialto. A one-way ticket costs around 7.50 Eur, but the views are worth paying this sum for! This is a perfect way to get acquainted with Venice, and experience the city like locals do on a daily basis.
2. Wander Around The City
Ponte di Rialto is the station with probably the biggest amount of tourists as it is within walking distance of Piazza San Marco. Walking up through the alleys from the piazza you will discover a multitude of artisanal shops selling pieces of home decor, jewelry, chandeliers made of Murano glass which is “glass made on the Venetian island of Murano”, an old traditional craftmanship very popular in Venice and abroad.
You will also find a lot of shops selling original Venetian masks, a centuries-old tradition of Venice. Prices can bite, but you can also find little shops selling pretty cheap things you can buy as souvenirs. Even if you’re not planning to buy anything, these shops are a must-see.
3. Indulge in Genuine Italian Cuisine
Italian cuisine is one of the tastiest in the world. The centerpiece of the cuisine is carbs and bread. In Venice you will find a lot of local cafes and restaurants where you can try real Italian pasta, ravioli, lasagna, pizza, whatever you like. The restaurant Sempione located at S. Marco 578 in a very quiet and romantic alley serves great food. This place is rated nr 1 in my personal list not only because of the food that is delicious but also because of the people that work there. Two of the waiters were from Moldova 🙂
Of course one day is not enough to get the best of Venice, but even a few hours in this lovely city and with a well-planned itinerary, you will have an unforgettable experience.