24h in Venice

A few years ago I’ve had the opportunity to go to Venice but we’ve only spent 2 days there: to be specific, we’ve spent one day on the beach and one day in Venice. We drove from Hungary which was a 7 hour drive there. We did not book a hotel as we wanted to do camping but we could only find a corn maze so we decided to camp next to it which was a little bit scary, I don’t recommend you doing that at all but it is definitely a cheap way of going to a place and staying there for a night.

But because we’ve only had 24 hours to explore Venice we decided to just walk around and enjoy our time there. I’ll give you some tips on what is a must see if you’re there for a short period of time and what is a must do as well! Let’s get right into it…

Must see places:

St. Mark’s Square

It is a nice and open square with the church domaniting in the middle, it is definitely a must see if you’re in Venice because of its history and the architecture. Allegedly, because it is so striking, Napoleon once referred to it as the ‘Drawing Room of Europe’. The Piazza San Marco is the most important and most famous square of the city of Venice.You can find loads of restaurants around the area and normally there is live music to set the Italian mood but be aware that shops and restaurants are very expensive here so I wouldn’t recommend having lunch or dinner if you’re looking for a budget friendly stay. Also, the square gets so crowded sometimes that it is not enjoyable at all, the best time to go is in the evening.

Rialto Bridge

This is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. Connecting the sestieri of San Marco and San Polo, it has been rebuilt several times since its first construction as a pontoon bridge in 1173, and is now a significant tourist attraction in the city. But because it is a hot spot for tourists it gets crowded very quickly so the best time to go is as early as possible. You can find nice souvenir shops and restaurants and a little extra to know: a few scenes from Spiderman (Far from home) were filmed here.

Bridge of Sighs

A lot of people said that this bridge is the most beautiful one to visit in Venice and not just because of its history. The bridge connects to buildings: the prison and the interrogation building which was used many years ago. The bridge has become a symbol of love for many years now and altough it is a sad place when you think that it was the prisoners last view of the outside world, it is the most beautiful when the sun goes down in the background.

Saint Mark’s Basilica

It is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. You are not allowed to take pictures inside but it is really fascinating to know more about the rich history about the horses that are positioned above the main entrance and do not fit into the whole image of the church. It is free to enter the Basilica but it is polite to leave a donation.

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

For me, it was the most beautiful church in the whole of Venice. The architecture is just so amazing and the history is absolutely amazing to go with it. It was built after the black plague was finally over in Venice which almost killed 3rd of the population. It was built to honor the Virgin Mary for restoring health in the city. I’d definitely recommend visiting it as it is free to enter so you have nothing to lose.

Now, I know that 24h is not enough to see everything but I think we managed to cover the parts that are a must see. If you’re in Venice there are some things that you gotta experience as well so I have another list for you, which is…

To do:

Try an Italian restaurant

I don’t know about you but I love a good Italian restaurant as their food is sooo delicious! It is definitely a must if you’re in Venice, I’m not saying that you have to go the most expensive restaurant on St. Mark’s Square but definitely try a pizza or a pasta in a little restaurant where most of the food is home-made.

Buy a mask

Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice. The masks are typically worn during the Carnival (Carnival of Venice), but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer’s identity and social status. They’re so beautiful and elegant, I’ve bought one for myself as well and it is just so lovely, they’re definitely worth the money. If you can attend the carnival then don’t hesitate to go! The carnival starts on the 30th of January and ends on the 16th of February.

Try the Gondola

A Gondola is a traditional Venetian boat which is used for daily work and it is a traditional rowing boat. It is an amazing experience to go around Venice sitting in a Gondola but for some people it is just not worth the expensive price, they rather just walk around. Prices start from 31 euro per person and it is normally a 30 minutes ride on the Canal and it is non-negotiable.