Ahhh… Venice, Italy. What a dream it was to be able to visit! Here’s my getaway guide to visiting Venice and Murano in 2 days! Yes, you CAN see Venice in only a few days!
Venice (like Greece) was another city on my list of “must visit destinations while living in Poland.” Since our time living in Europe is quickly coming to an end (NOOO!!!!) we had to fit this trip in ASAP! So, like many of our other trips, we purchased a ticket via RyanAir for under $100 and off we went. However, unlike our other trips, we now had baby H in tow! Let me tell you though, traveling with a baby was SO much easier than I thought it would be. Anyways, back to Venice.
- Remember that we visited in March – the off-season (think money saving, too!) – so the island was not mobbed with tourists, which I think is the key to actually liking Venice (and pretty much anywhere else touristy). Plus, March isn’t too hot so the city doesn’t smell (?)… I have heard it does? I have no idea. No smell when we were there that’s always a good thing 😉
- Another money saving tip. Our hotel was not in Venice – we stayed in Murano, an island north of Venice. (I will talk about that more as our trip unfolds).
- No cars! This was by far the number one reason why we liked Venice as much as we did. Did you know that there are NO cars on the island? Nope not one! Even the taxis are boats! You absolutely HAVE to travel by boat here in Venice. The taxi stands are even docks! And, for that, no other city can compare.
Even though it was chain store galore in Venice, let me say that I still found wandering the streets, eating the local cuisine and tasting the local wine while getting lost in the canals every bit as relaxing as I imagined it to be. Even with an occasional crying baby 😉 And with that I say if you have the opportunity to visit Venice: GO!
GETTING THERE: Let’s talk for a second about how we actually arrived in Venice.
From Wroclaw, we flew into Bologna, Italy and caught the high-speed train to Venice first thing in the morning. This was SOOO easy. Easier than I could have even imagined. We eventually found a space on the train to park our huge stroller without having to stand the whole time. (FYI look for a handicap sticker on the outside of the cars and ask the conductor for permission to sit there beforehand.) The train was just about an hour and 20 minutes.
From Bologna Centrale station, we arrived at the Venezia St. Lucia train station where our hotel had a private charter boat waiting to pick us up (for free) and…we now arrive at reason #1 why we chose the hotel we did….
Imagine for a minute that you are us: 2 big bags and a big stroller in Venice: the land of BRIDGES. Do you really want to be carrying all your stuff up and down stairs looking for your hotel in ‘close to everything/hard to navigate San Marco? Uh no thanks…
Below is a look inside the museum. It was worth a stroll in the museum to see what is considered to be signature Murano glass before we made our own glass purchase.
Well that’s it for my post about Venice – there isn’t much to recommend other than just go, wander, get lost. Oh, and eat Pizza. And, remember, you can experience Venice without a Gondola ride in under 2 days.