Venice is fantastic! I absolutely fell in love with the gorgeous city. And I really enjoyed all of the canal streets and cute little buildings.
I was living in Vicenza, which is about an hour train ride from Venice, so I was able to visit the romantic city on multiple occasions. I also attended Carnevale during one of my trips into Venezia. It was an incredible experience.
Venice is a must see spot in Italy. A trip to Italia would not be complete without roaming the labyrinth of the capital of the Veneto region. And roaming is the best way to see the city. It is filled with multiple little alleyways and canals lined with lovely buildings. Though I would recommend taking a map along, because you can get lost rather quickly. Most of the alleys are labeled with their names, so you’ll be able to find your way if you have a map. And then you don’t have to wander aimlessly, though that wouldn’t really be a bad option in Venice. When moving from one sight to the next, take time to amble through and enjoy the streets and alleyways you’ll walk to get to the next spot.
The Grand Canal is one of the best places to walk along, because many of the main sites in Venice are along or just near the main canal. It can also be explored by water taxi or gondola if you don’t mind forking out a hefty amount of cash. But don’t fret, you can still have your gondola experience for a fraction of the price. It will also be a fraction of the time. There is a gondola ferry that will take you from one side of the Grand Canal to the other for about 1 or 2 euro. Just look for a sign that says Traghetto. You’ll still get a gondola experience along a Venetian canal.
The Rialto Bridge is a stunning ponte (Italian for bridge) that straddles the Grand Canal. The stone bridge should definitely be used to cross the canal, so you can experience the shops along the Ponte di Rialto. Another spot worth a visit is the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. It is a palace hidden in a complicated alleyway. The palace is a lovely and quite unique building.
San Marco Piazza is a great hub of activity. It is a stunning plaza with beautiful buildings and and home to the gorgeous San Marco Basilica. The plaza often has different markets, entertainment or vendors peddling their goods. It also is close to a large opening in the Grand Canal that offers incredible views of San Giorgio Maggiore across the way.
The city also has a variety of delicious restaurants that serve up great food. The best advice I could give is to look around as you are walking through the city and make a note of places that look good. The food will probably be delicious. And if you want tasty and cheap pizza by the slice, you must head to L’ Angolo Della Pizza. It is not too far from the train station along the Grand Canal. Seriously good pizza.