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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13:30 – Vapolletto 12 and off I went to Burano. it is a good 50 minute trip to get to Burano
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
19:00 – train back to Milan
Totally do-able just a little bit crazy and hectic.
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.
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.
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.