A Weekend Trip to Venice, Why Not?

by | Dec 13, 2018 | International

Sometimes when you feel like you’re in a rut, you find an incredibly cheap flight to a different country to take your mind off said rut. That, my friends, is exactly how this incredibly impulsive trip to Venice happened.

 

When Scott’s Cheap Flights sends you a Euro Sale deal (or any sale for that matter)- do not hesitate to jump on it. We were able to score round trip flights for an extended weekend in Italy for just over $500 per person, which is an absolute steal.

 

Our flights left Denver International Airport at 9:50 Thursday morning, we arrived at Marco Polo Airport in Venice at 8:45 Friday morning. We spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday exploring the beautiful city of Venice before catching a flight back home Monday at 7:25am. To say the weekend was a whirlwind would be an understatement.

 

When we arrived, we checked into the coziest Airbnb on this planet (I’m sure of it). The Dreaming Venice apartment was absolutely perfect in size and location, plus the views out the living room window were the dreamiest. Our host Veronica was so great at letting us know how to get everywhere on the water bus system and what attractions we 100% needed to check out. She was also incredibly accommodating when we texted her asking for tips throughout our stay.

 

When we arrived, we checked into the coziest Airbnb on this planet (I’m sure of it). The Dreaming Venice apartment was absolutely perfect in size and location, plus the views out the living room window were the dreamiest. Our host Veronica was so great at letting us know how to get everywhere on the water bus system and what attractions we 100% needed to check out. She was also incredibly accommodating when we texted her asking for tips throughout our stay.

 

We spent Friday exploring Rialto Bridge and Saint Marc Square, because no matter where you go – hitting the tourist spots is always fun! We headed back to the Airbnb to have a quick nap before going out for dinner at Osteria al Mariner. We had literal pitchers of wine (because – when in Venice, am I right?) and a phenomenal seafood pasta. I’m actually still dreaming about all of the food – but that is a story for another day. After dinner we crossed the canal and spent the rest of our evening in a pub chatting with locals about their city, trying Grappa (I think it’s an acquired taste), and drinking more wine. It was honestly the perfect first day of the trip.

 

We spent Friday exploring Rialto Bridge and Saint Marc Square, because no matter where you go – hitting the tourist spots is always fun! We headed back to the Airbnb to have a quick nap before going out for dinner at Osteria al Mariner. We had literal pitchers of wine (because – when in Venice, am I right?) and a phenomenal seafood pasta. I’m actually still dreaming about all of the food – but that is a story for another day. After dinner we crossed the canal and spent the rest of our evening in a pub chatting with locals about their city, trying Grappa (I think it’s an acquired taste), and drinking more wine. It was honestly the perfect first day of the trip.

 

Saturday morning we woke up and went out in search of food – naturally. We stumbled upon Pizzeria La Perla and it did not disappoint. After lunch we decided to walk around Venice and just explore. We checked out shops, saw some beautiful buildings, and really just got lost in the city. Venice is really quite an easy city to get lost in, whether it’s on purpose or accident. We stopped at Caffè Florian which is the oldest cafe in Venice. It was opened in 1720 and is still in operation today. We had some coffee that was to die for and headed back to the Airbnb to get ready for dinner. We ate at Impronta Cafè, drank more wine, ate more amazing food, and enjoyed the atmosphere around us. Lets be real, almost all I did this trip was eat, drink wine, and get some coffee flowing through my veins. It was magical.

 

Saturday morning we woke up and went out in search of food – naturally. We stumbled upon Pizzeria La Perla and it did not disappoint. After lunch we decided to walk around Venice and just explore. We checked out shops, saw some beautiful buildings, and really just got lost in the city. Venice is really quite an easy city to get lost in, whether it’s on purpose or accident. We stopped at Caffè Florian which is the oldest cafe in Venice. It was opened in 1720 and is still in operation today. We had some coffee that was to die for and headed back to the Airbnb to get ready for dinner. We ate at Impronta Cafè, drank more wine, ate more amazing food, and enjoyed the atmosphere around us. Lets be real, almost all I did this trip was eat, drink wine, and get some coffee flowing through my veins. It was magical.

 

Saturday morning we woke up and went out in search of food – naturally. We stumbled upon Pizzeria La Perla and it did not disappoint. After lunch we decided to walk around Venice and just explore. We checked out shops, saw some beautiful buildings, and really just got lost in the city. Venice is really quite an easy city to get lost in, whether it’s on purpose or accident. We stopped at Caffè Florian which is the oldest cafe in Venice. It was opened in 1720 and is still in operation today. We had some coffee that was to die for and headed back to the Airbnb to get ready for dinner. We ate at Impronta Cafè, drank more wine, ate more amazing food, and enjoyed the atmosphere around us. Lets be real, almost all I did this trip was eat, drink wine, and get some coffee flowing through my veins. It was magical.

 

Sunday, our last day, had finally arrived. We had planned this day to go visit the islands of Murano and Burano. Murano is famous for it’s glass blowing talent, and Burano is famous for handmade lace and the most gorgeously colored houses. We took the water bus to Murano first, grabbed some lunch (more pasta) and explored the shops. We were able to briefly watch one glass blower in action and it was the most delicate process I’ve ever witnessed. After Murano, we cruised over to Burano. We explored the island, saw so many adorable homes, and finally had some gelato. When we got back to the main island, we went in search of our final dinner location and ended up at a cute restaurant right next to a canal. I tried a spaghetti with cuttlefish ink sauce and it was the most out of the box meal I had the entire trip. The sauce was black and was actually shockingly good – 10/10 would recommend if you don’t mind your food looking pretty before you eat it! After dinner we simply headed back to the Airbnb to wind down with some wine and pack up before leaving Monday morning.

 

Monday was another day filled with travel, it was exhausting and I was more than ready to be home, but the trip was incredibly worth it. We had the perfect amount of time to do everything we wanted without rushing and that my friends, is the ideal vacation.

 

Some tips to make the most out of your trip to Venice:
  • Avoid any restaurant that has an English menu. These essentially are tourist traps and they charge a fee to your bill.
  • Also avoid restaurants that have staff standing outside, these tend to be incredibly expensive and once again, a tourist trap.
  • Many of the restaurants and cafes have their menu’s posted outside. Read them over to make sure there is something on the menu for you!
  • Use the water bus vs a water taxi. The taxis are very expensive and you can get a day pass for the bus for around 25 Euro. They offer multi day passes as well, but we only needed it for a single day.
  • Definitely check out the iconic locations such as Rialto Bridge and Saint Marc Square, but please get lost! Venice is a city full of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.
  • Eat everything, drink all of the wine, and taste as many sweets as you can – you’ll regret it if you don’t! This is a great city to be an adventurous eater!

 

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