Tour of Venice Part One

June 12, 2017 46 Comments

You can view all posts from my trip to Italy here

I’m still going through my thousands of photos from Italy (not an exaggeration), but I have made more progress with my photos from Venice! If you’re just tuning in, my first post on Venice was Skip Expensive Gondola Rides, Try Row Venice where my group of friends and I had an amazing boat tour on our first day in Venice.

We checked into our Airbnb, which was one of my favorite places we stayed the whole trip! We stayed in Appartamento Venezia, and it was in a nice and quiet area next to a little square. (It was a little hard to find since it was off a side street, but I have a photo of the door if you decide to stay there!). The host, Viorica, was very nice and friendly and kept apologizing for her English, but we didn’t have any problems understanding her. 

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

We had some delicious food on our boat tour, but we were still a little hungry after a long day of traveling so we decided to split some dishes. One of my least favorite things about Venice was how much they catered to tourists, especially with the food. We even went off the main touristy streets, but this dinner at Pizzeria Pasqualigo was just meh (and reading reviews afterwards said the same). I’ve had better Italian food at chain restaurants in the U.S. And I’m sure there are better restaurants in the area, but we didn’t really plan for dinner and our internet wasn’t great so we couldn’t do any research. 

I knew Italy was going to be pretty touristy, but from crazy expensive gondola rides to bad food, Venice had the most tourist traps of any city we visited by far. It was also the only place that I was so overwhelmed by the crowds of tourists the following day that I felt claustrophobic and on edge looking out for pick pockets. Venice was very beautiful and I did take tons of photos, but it wasn’t my favorite place. 

We did find find a pretty awesome restaurant the next day though, so not all hope for good food in Venice is lost!

What to see in Venice, Italy

No complaints about the gelato near our Airbnb! I got pomegranate and it was absolutely delicious.

What to see in Venice, Italy

After sleeping hard with our serious jetlag, we were up the next day to explore the city. There was a cafe called Osteria dei Sapori near our Airbnb that we went to both mornings, and everything we tried there was delicious and the waitresses were so nice and helpful. One remembered us the second morning and even remembered everything we had ordered the day before!

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

We didn’t have a set itinerary in the morning, we mostly just wandered and took tons of photos until we ended up at Piazza San Marco. The streets were pretty empty in the morning but got very busy later in the day, so I would recommend exploring as early as possible to avoid crowds.

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

Since no cars are allowed in Venice, we got to see them collecting trash on boats! I always think it’s so interesting how other cultures do daily tasks like this.

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

One thing I wasn’t really expecting about the bridges in Venice is that they’re all stairs. Very few have ramps, so that can make things complicated when you have heavy rolling luggage- we learned that the hard way!

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

The famous Rialto Bridge was so pretty and also very empty in the morning, I definitely recommend visiting it in the morning because later that day, it was so crowded that we could barely cross the bridge. 

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

We picked up some spices and risotto to cook for dinner later, and it was delicious! The man at the stand was very helpful in explaining what was in each bag. I went for the spiciest ones 😉 

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

What to see in Venice, Italy

There were so many pretty buildings and houses in Venice, so stay tuned for my next post with more photos with a tour of Venice! 🙂 If you’ve been to Venice before, what was your favorite sight? Comment below! 

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46 Comments

  1. Reply

    Carol Cassara

    June 12, 2017

    We’ve been talking about going back. Your post certainly inspires me to move forward on that!

    • Reply

      Julia

      June 12, 2017

      You should definitely go back! There’s so much to see! 🙂

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    Staci

    June 12, 2017

    Been wanting to go to Italy for a while and your photos make me want to buy a ticket today and run away to Venice – so beautiful!!

    • Reply

      Julia

      June 12, 2017

      Thanks! 🙂 I highly recommend going!!

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    Tonya

    June 12, 2017

    Your photos are amazing of Venice! If I ever get there I will have to take your advice and wander in the morning.

    • Reply

      Julia

      June 12, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Theresa | Primetime Chaos

    June 12, 2017

    What a beautiful post about Venice! I am so lucky to live in Austria, 30 minutes from the Italian border! It is so stunning down there. You captured the town and culture perfectly 🙂
    Now I want to travel!
    xx, Theresa

    • Reply

      Julia

      June 12, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂 I’m so jealous that you live so close!!

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    Terra

    June 13, 2017

    Oh man! I can’t wait to visit Italy. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous pictures.

    • Reply

      Julia

      June 13, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Stephanie

    June 14, 2017

    Gosh – what a gorgeous place. I love these photos!

    • Reply

      Julia

      June 14, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Kelly Jones

    June 16, 2017

    I’m so sorry to hear you found it touristy with bad food!! We did a lot of food research before going and had some amazing meals. They were much much more expensive than the food in Florence which we went to after, but cheaper than where we started in Milan. We were also there in January so while it was chilly, we loved the vibe of Venice then! It was busy but I am sure nothing like other times of the year. Rome is where my research did no good and we still struggled to find great food for half of our meals!

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      Julia

      June 16, 2017

      I loved all the food I had in Florence and I agree that it was much cheaper! That’s good to know about food in Rome, I’ll have to do research when I go!

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    Leah

    June 17, 2017

    Totally saving this! I have my trip coming up on September and i’m going solo so I’ve been looking for great posts that can show me the way!

    Leah

    • Reply

      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      I hope it helps! 🙂

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    Diana

    June 17, 2017

    Venice looks stunning. The buildings are beautiful. We hope to visit next year.

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      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      It is a very beautiful city! I would suggest going during the off season so it isn’t too crowded.

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    jin

    June 17, 2017

    Love this! Venice is one of my favorite Italian cities! I’d like to go back during off peak season. I went in the middle of summer and it was insanely crowded and humid! Great photos, btw!

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      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Theresa Goodrich @ Drive By Towns

    June 17, 2017

    I, too, get claustrophobic around crowds, and it’s especially hard around tourists because everyone’s less aware of others. These are good tips, especially about visiting Rialto Bridge early. If (when) I visit, sounds like an apartment would be best. I love the idea of picking up local spices and produce!

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      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      Yes I definitely suggest going anywhere in Venice as early as possible! 🙂

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    Nerissa

    June 17, 2017

    Incredible pictures! And pomegranate gelato, delicious!! I’m heading to Venice in a month so good to know that I can expect it to Bev very touristy.

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      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂 It’s very touristy, but there are also some nice, local spots!

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    whereispriyanka

    June 17, 2017

    There is so so much to Italy than just Venice. I was there twice thinking I would like it the second time, but I didn’t. But just like you, I also like the pictures I have from Venice

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      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      Agreed! I liked other places in Italy much more.

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    Jess

    June 17, 2017

    Some lovely photos here ! I’ve never been to Italy at all but desperate to go ! Interesting that Venice wasn’t your favourite.

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      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      Thank you!

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    Siarra

    June 17, 2017

    Your photos are AMAZING! Venice was the very first international place I’ve wanted to go and pictures make me truly excited my planning my trip! Beautiful colors!

    • Reply

      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Sarah Althouse

    June 17, 2017

    Gorgeous! Make me want to go for sure. And that pasta!!!

    • Reply

      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      Thank you!

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    Christine

    June 17, 2017

    This makes me miss Venice so much!! I loved it and would love to return. Love your photos too!

    • Reply

      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      Thank you!

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    Vick Fichtner

    June 17, 2017

    I went to Venice during the Carnival, and I have to say, it was one of the most beautiful things I`ve ever seen !

    I still have to write a post about it on my blog, but I do have the pictures here;
    http://vickfphotos.com/travel/italy/carnevale-di-venezia/

    The city is beautiful but what impressed me the most was the costumes. So much details, so much luxury, creativity… Amazing!!! If you haven`t been there during the carnival, I recommend going back to Venice for this, as a photo lover you would love it!

    • Reply

      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      Carnival sounds like an awesome experience, I would love to see that!

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    Nina | Nina Near and Far

    June 17, 2017

    Thanks so much for sharing so honestly. We’re going to Italy next summer and planning to go to Venice for at least a day or two as it does look beautiful and we want to see it, but I’ve read so many posts similar to this about it being very touristy!

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      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      Yes it’s very touristy (and expensive), so I would definitely suggest going to more areas where locals are!

  20. Reply

    Kaitlynn

    June 17, 2017

    Venice is one of those places in Italy I feel like everyone should visit at least once. We too were a bit disappointed with how many tourists there were though! We could barely breathe in some areas lol. Still, it is a beautiful city and a very unique one. One time we went with friends that had a baby… Man the husbands were tired from carrying the stroller up all the stairs all day!!

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      Julia

      June 17, 2017

      I agree, I wouldn’t want to go back, but I’m happy I’ve experienced it! I was wondering how people with strollers and wheelchairs would manage, even I was struggling with all those stairs!

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    Dia All The Things I Do

    June 18, 2017

    It’s such a beautiful place. I really hope to go one day. You got beautiful photographs.

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      Julia

      June 19, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

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    Julia

    June 19, 2017

    Venice is one of these cities that I really want to see for myself, but I can’t find the courage to *actually* book and go there. I’ve heard too many times that the city is crowded in tourists, and this seems to be all year round… Plus the prices as well make me postpone every time I’m contemplating what to visit in Italy. It is definitely a gorgeous place though!

    Julia x
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      Julia

      June 19, 2017

      I think it’s worth visiting once as long as you know what you’re getting into! It is a beautiful city

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    Myrrazen Kate

    July 27, 2017

    Your photos look amazing, Julia! Thank you so much for writing about your experiences because they will be very helpful for me as I travel to Italy. I will be studying as an exchange student in Trento, Italy for six months! Your posts make me so excited and giddy about it! 🙂

    • Reply

      Julia

      July 27, 2017

      Thanks! 🙂 I hope you have a great time in Italy!

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