One of the most accomplished cities to me is Venice. You have wonderful beaches at the Lido, coffee houses, shopping, sightseeing, great food, amazing culture and best of all, you are surrounded by water. Walking through the narrow streets over the 450 smaller and taller bridges just has so much charm. Enjoying coffee or sipping a glass of wine, there is so much to observe and explore.
Venice is one of my favorite cities to visit so I go around once a year – yes I love it this much! This time around there has been a special reason too: my friend Emy’s Bachelorette Party. As unbelievable as it is, Alex, the Maid of Honor, managed to book 11 girls on one trip and we had the best of time.
It all started with taking the night train from Vienna to Venice. As you can suspect it was fun, crazy and the perfect way to spend time and talk about the good old days with old and new friends. We spent 2 full days in Venice before boarding the night train back to Vienna.
Taking the Waterbus around Venice can save time if you pick and hop on the right line. Some lines have many stops before your desired destination, hence it is advisable to look for the best solution. Find the timetable here. Tickets can be purchased for multiple days. The ticket also includes bus service from Venice Santa Lucia to Venice Mestre and to get around Mestre.
Where to drink and eat – bars & restaurants in Venice:
Breakfast (Italians usually have espresso or cappuccino and a croissant)
- Train Station Santa Lucia
- one of the many bakeries
- Bar Gelateria Al Todaro | San Marco 3 (facing the water by San Marco square)
- Ristorante San Trovaso | Calle Nani (near Academia)
- Cantine del Vino già Schiavi | Fondamenta Nani, 992 (near Academia)
- Rossopomodoro | Sestiere di S. Marco, 404 (near San Marco square)
- one of the many small bars like Al Merca | Campo Bella Vienna, 213 (near Rialto Bridge)
- Hilton Rooftop Bar | Giudecca, 810 (near Giudecca, take a boat there)
- Harry’s Bar | Calle Vallaresso, 1323 (near Palace Gardens, Hemingway loved it there)
- Osteria il Milion | Corte Del Milion 5841 (well hidden, near Rialto bridge)
- Ristorante Antico Gatoleto | Sestiere Cannaregio, 6055 (near Rialto bridge)
- Vini da Gigio | Sestiere Cannaregio, 3628a (near Rio di Noale)
Things to do
- Piazza San Marco (St. Marc’s Square) with the Basilica, Campanile Bell Tower and Doge’s Palace
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection | Museum
- Academy Gallery | Museum
- Ca´ d´Oro | Museum
- Gondola tour through the canals
- Ghetto | world’s oldest ghetto, it hosted up to 5000 Hebrews in the past
What is your favorite city?
P.S.: Thanks Carmen for letting me use some of your amazing images! 🙂