I can’t even express how excited I am about writing this post. Venice is an absolute dream. From the small cobble streets and maze of canals, to the whimsical bridges and watercolour buildings – everywhere you look there’s a chance for an Insta-worthy photo! I was in heaven!!! And to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was expecting too much for a weekend city break. But I’m happy to say, Venice is everything I could have wished for and more! I’m not surprised this romantic city on water is a popular tourist spot. So knowing many, just like myself, have Venice at the top of their must-visit list. I thought I’d share my top tips on how to spend 48 hours in Venice.
48 Hours In Venice
- Getting to Venice
There’s a number of ways which you can get into Venice from Marco Polo International Airport. I would highly recommend the water bus if travelling during the day. If you’re staying on one of the main routes it will only cost 27€ for a return ticket, this is great compared to at least 120€ for a one way water taxi ride. The water bus is available via Alilaguna routes; Linea Blu (Blue Line), Linea Arancio (Orange Line) and Linea Rossa (Red Line). If all of the above seems confusing, just go to the ticket booth, show the location of your hotel on a map and let the clerk decide which boat you need to catch. If you are looking into Hotels, I stayed at the NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci which is located on the Grand Canal, S.Angelo (Orange Line). The Hotel is breathtaking, the rooms are incredible due to views of the canal and the breakfast will have you more than ready for the day ahead! It’s also near to Campo S.Angelo which is a beautiful square for dining and relaxing should you fancy something literally on your doorstep.
- Day 1
I would suggest getting up nice and early and heading straight to Piazza San Marco (also known as “the drawing room of Europe” by Napoleon). The square gets busy very quickly, so the earlier you arrive the better. The great thing about Venice is everywhere’s walkable, so make sure you pack sensible footwear. And thanks to Google Map you will always be guided in the right direction. At Piazza San Marco you will be able to visit Basilica San Marco, Campanile and my favourite coffee house, Caffe Florian, the oldest (and most elegant) cafe in Europe! I would then, after indulging at Florian, make your way up the Grand Canal where there’s a number of great restaurants and bars around Ponte di Rialto.
- Day 2
With only 48 hours in Venice I highly recommend visiting either the Jewish Ghetto or Campo San Polo (the second largest square in Venice) both places are great for dining, shopping and discovering canals and bridges. Then a trip to Burano, Murano and Torcello (smaller islands in the north) is also fun. It’s lovely to get away from the craziness, so heading to the north of Venice will allow you to experience a true Venetian day. Or if you love modern art and culture, you must head to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum which is one of the most visited attractions in Venice.
As you can see 48 hours in Venice doesn’t seem like enough time to discover all of the wonders. But the best thing is, it gives us another reason to visit! I’m already planning another trip but for now as a good friend said, Venice is one of those places that stays with you. And I couldn’t agree more.