Ciao Venice, che bella
Ciao Venice, che bella

Venice – one of those places that you have to go to, and somehow I had never been. So when a trip to Milan presented itself I took the decision to hop on the train from Milan and go to Venice for the day. The concierge at the hotel thought I was a little bit crazy to do the trip in one day, however it was worth it. Here is a speedy overview of my short lived Venetian trip.

Venice, one of those selfies bridges :)
Venice, one of those selfies bridges 🙂

The trip Milan-Venice is actually quiet pleasant. It is about 2 hours on the train and it gets you to either Venezia S Lucia or Mestre. Go to S Lucia, the area around Metsre is not worth it within the time constraint. The only issue is there is no wifi but there are USB and power plugs which is amazing.

Venice side streets - away from the tourist crowds
Venice side streets – away from the tourist crowds

Getting off the train in S Lucia throws you in the center of tourist craze. You have to cross the bridge where every single person is determined to take a selfie, it is over crowded and it feels a bit hazardous. However the moment you walk over the bridge and you step away from the main paths it feels like you can have Venice all to yourself.

Venice all to yourself
Venice all to yourself
Venice all to yourself
Venice all to yourself
Venice all to yourself - still
Venice all to yourself – still

Tourists run in packs and follow each other, so just go the opposite direction. It is an island, so you will anyway reach where you want to go one way or the other.

One tip: buy an all day water taxi pass from the main train station. The small stops along the canals do not allow you to buy tickets there, so if you are tired there is no other way of transportation.

Tiny canals in Venice
Tiny canals in Venice
Tiny canals in Venice
Tiny canals in Venice

I would advise as well that you visit Venice outside of the summer months. I was there in October and the weather was sunny and pleasant. However there was a little hint of a smell, and in summer it escalates significantly. At the end of the day it is tiny canals and a bit of stale water.

Still all alone in Venice
Still all alone in Venice

I did not bother to eat in fancy restaurants as I think it is super over priced. Tourist trap after tourist trap. So I went for some Italian street food a.k.a slices of the most amazing pizza I have ever had. I seriously recommend it.

Roaming around the streets of Venice is a different world. The moment you step away from the tourist paths, it is small tiny streets, laundry hanging everywhere and old ladies with their shopping trolleys. I do not know what this craze with shopping trolleys is but seriously – everyone was dragging one around.

Streets are tiny
Streets are tiny
Streets are tiny - like for real
Streets are tiny – like for real
Venetian laundry - I absolutely love this vibe
Venetian laundry – I absolutely love this vibe
Venetian laundry - I absolutely love this vibe
Venetian laundry – I absolutely love this vibe

My itinerary looked like this:

10 am – off the train and explore Venice, slowly working my way to Piazza San Marco and the Douge Palace.

On the way to Piazza San marco
On the way to Piazza San marco

12 – I found the street pizza place and stopped for a slice

12:30 – Piazza San Marco (I did not go in), just looked around. Then I went to see the famous hotel Cipriani and walk around the coast.

Piazza San Marco Venice
Piazza San Marco Venice
Me being all dreamy and stuff in Venice :)
Me being all dreamy and stuff in Venice 🙂

13:30 – Vapolletto 12 and off I went to Burano. it is a good 50 minute trip to get to Burano

Bye, bye Venice
Bye, bye Venice

14:20 – 15:50 Burano strolling and crazy picture taking (see section below)

15:50 – 16:40 back to Venice S Marco and walked back to the main station

En route back to Venice S Lucia
En route back to Venice S Lucia

19:00 – train back to Milan

Totally do-able just a little bit crazy and hectic.

I love this shop
I love this shop

OK, if you do not buy anything else – you have to buy these candies. The shop allows you try anything before you buy it (great stuff guys). The chocolate and lemon coated peanuts are magical. It is not a cheap place but it is worth it.

Burano’s colours:

Burano
Burano

If you want to visit a city that looks a little bit surreal – Burano is a must visit. Every house is painted in a vibrant colour. The city looks like something taken out of a fairytale book and placed in the middle of the sea on a tiny island.

Burano
Burano
More colours and more colours of Burano
More colours and more colours of Burano
OK this hat was the greatest investment ever - matches everything on the island
OK this hat was the greatest investment ever – matches everything on the island
It seriously matched everything
It seriously matched everything
:) Burano and my hat
🙂 Burano and my hat
:) Burano and my hat love story
🙂 Burano and my hat love story

I absolutely loved Venice and I want to go back and spend a couple of days there. Get lost in the streets in the early mornings and explore the hidden coffee shops.

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