A special day in venice – help to plan!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Worker bee

Venice is one of my favorite cities, though I have not been there in some time, so don’t know if the restaurants and businesses we loved are still open. Highly recommed checking out guides like the Rough Guide, Lonely Panet and Rick Steves, whichever guide is most recent, for recommendations. One of our favorite places was a small neighborhood square, Campo San Stefano near the Accademia bridge, great place for a quiet meal, coffee, nice local shops. Be sure to visit the Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim museums. Have a wonderful trip!

 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We were in Venice last winter, and I highly recommend doing the your behind the scenes of the Doge’s palace. It was our favourite bit of the trip! It’s called the Secret Itineraries tour. Depending on the time of year will depend on how difficult it will be to get spaces on the tours, I can’t remember if you can book online/by phone but trip advisor should help. You get so much info on the tour and get to see bid of the palace normally off limits, it really brings the gorgeous building to life.

Accept the fact you WILL get lost in Venice. It’s such a maze we still would take wrong turns 5 days into the trip. Find a bar to stop at for wine and chichetti. Murano was nice to see but we felt it wasn’t worth the vaporetto ride. We did a gondola ride because we were in Venice, but in winter there wasn’t loud of traffic so it was quite nice (also it was dark but still daytime prices!). The vaporetto is very bus-like, not really romantic but more about getting you round the island.

I love Italy. You’ve picked some great places to see, I’m sure you’ll have a blast. We’re off to Umbria in June to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, I cant wait!

Post # 4
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Worker bee

St Mark’s Cathedral is amazing – you can probably spend an hour or two there.

I really just enjoyed walking around the streets and taking in the sights.  We did a walking tour (well, walking’s your only choice there) with whisper phones, and even though it was super touristy, it was a great way to learn about the town.

Wear waterproof shoes!! Big chunks of Venice (such as St Mark’s Square) will flood during the day.  Street vendors do sell these horrible plastic pull-on, knee high bootie things, though, in a pinch.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Following because Darling Husband and I are off to Italy in June 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I’m really sick so don’t want to be on here long, but know that Venice is small so you can get around quickly. Murano and Burano are great, and Martina Vidal has a ‘secret garden’ for lunch. Defs defs don’t bother with the Gondola – 100% tacky and the water taxis are far nicer. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

We were in Venice as part of our honeymoon last March, it’s such a beautiful city.

I wasn’t too fond of Murano (we only went to the glass factory as it was offered by our hotel). It’s fascinating to watch just be aware of how pushy they are in there afterwards. I had a woman literally follow me around trying to push me into buying something, it was ridiculous. In the end I bought something small, think it was still around €50, and she stood at the checkout area laughing with one of her colleagues which made me really paranoid they were speaking about me!

In terms of Venice itself I agree with PP about the Secret Itineraries Tour, it’s definitley worth the time. Venice is one of those cities you can just wander around and get lost in. There is something to see around every corner. My only other recommendation for Venice is for Del Moros Pasta, it’s this tiny little pasta place off Piazza San Marco that offers take away pasta. The food is amazing and so reasonable. They don’t have any seating in there but you can take your pasta with you and sit nearby and people watch.

Hope you have a great time in Italy!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

KiwiDerbyBride :  Where in Italy are you going?

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Following as I’m going for a solo trip in July 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

ukbea :  Rome, Florence, Venice 🙂

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We went to Venice for two weeks on our honeymoon and had a really amazing time. Having that long, we were able to experience it at a slow pace and do a big mix of the typical touristy things (Murano, Burano, a gondola ride, museums), and more off the beaten path things.

I know most people don’t think a gondola ride is worth it…but we felt like since we were there, it was an experience we should have. Our special twist: we took a night ride! We started at a dock on the Grand Canal right by the Rialto Bridge, and they took us back into some of the little alleyways and pointed out little tidbits along the way. Being on the boat at night with all the building lights around us kind of felt like being on the Pirates of the Carribean at Disneyland. I also ended up with some of the best photos of the Rialto Bridge all lit up at night.

One of the other favorite things we did was to see a live play in one of the authentic theaters. We saw Arlecchino at Teatro Goldoni. The play is a comedy and is performed in Italian, but it projects subtitles in English above the stage so you’ll be able to follow it without any problem. The actors use traditional wooden masks, which felt so Venetian, and the theater is beautiful. It was definitely a memorable experience…I would go see it again.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I was going to say: see a play! Or an orchestra. They do some in the churches which must be stunning. We are doing an Italian tour for our honeymoon (we’ve already been to Rome and I loved it so much so we are going again, along with Venice sand Florence). 

What we are doing in Venice (besides seeing a play or an orchestra): St Mark’s/Doge’s Palace, the Insane Asylum Museum, Murano and Burano, St Michele’s cemetery, the floating bookshop, ghosts and folklore walking tour, and lots of samplings of pastries (check out TripAdvisor – some of them have amazing views). It’s my birthday the day after we arrive and my OH is planning surprises. Can’t wait!!!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

we went a couple of years ao, and mum gave me money for tours as my 30th bday present so we did more than we normally would!

Our day in Venice (e had 2 nights and one whole day- over 40c, so REALLY hot and horrible, but it was such an experience!) was a morning secret itenieries tour of the Doge’s palace (I booked all of the tours on viator, but I’m sure there are other websites) which was just fantastic- highly recommend this!, then we walked around for a bit for the day, and finished the day with an evening walking tour and gondola ride (totally worth the money IMO for the one off experience- it was cheaper to do both the tour and gondola pre booked than it was for a gondola alone when we were there…). We didn’t get back until late, so dinner was at 9:30ish (but that seemed normal over there?)

 

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