Venice, oh Venice...how pleasantly surprised we were by your beauty! Thinking that kids most likely learn how to drive a boat before a car made me smile. J.J. and I had not planned on making a stop to Venice, but decided last minute we should spend two nights strolling through the maze like canal streets and taking in the famous sites. This is a mini trip guide to Venice as part of our 48 hours I was out with a fever. Le sigh. Still grateful we got to take in this unique and beautiful city if even for a short time.
We trained from Florence to Venice in a little over two hours. We were dropped at Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia. Even in shoulder season, Venice was buzzing with tourists and it took us an hour to get on the water bus which took us to the Rialto stop near St. Mark's Square. From there, we cruised to our hotel. With large suitcases, we didn't want the hustle and bustle of rumbling through the streets. If you wanted to forgo the lines and save time, splurge on a private transfer.
JW Marriott Resort & Spa
Isola Delle Rose Laguna Di
30133 Venezia VE, Italy
Located on its own private island is this hotel oasis. Comfy, spacious rooms that were clean and modern and great room service. There were several restaurants on the hotel property and a delicious breakfast spread. We used the sauna area of the spa free of charge as the complimentary sauna was not open. The hotel and spa staff were very kind and accommodating. We just snuck in before they closed for the winter and loved walking the grounds hearing church bells ring from afar and taking in the foggy pastel views of Venice. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from St. Mark's Square. They do not offer a shuttle to the airport, so we needed to book a private transfer.
In true mini guide fashion, the one and only place we ate other than the hotel was Stappo. Incredible flavors and wine pairings and a really cool courtyard with neighbors waving hi. We found this gem through @blonde_atlas who has Venice recommendations in her stories.
Santa Croce, 2166, 30135 Venezia VE, Italy
The other memorable thing we did in Venice was shopping for Venetian slippers at Piedaterre. This was another @blonde_atlas recommendation. Their shop looks like a movie set with slippers lining the walls in perfect rows of gorgeous colors.
S. Polo, 60, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
Things to See
Rialto Bridge - an iconic Venice stop. Great views, lots of people, but fun to see in real life.
St.Mark's Square - a great place to people watch and take in the the incredible architecture of Saint Mark's Basilica.
We definitely got a sample of Venice, but it was a perfect little bite. Maybe you'll go to Venice and let us know all your favorite places...we'd love that.