48 hours in Venice my complete guide.
A city like no other, A destination filled by water canals and over 400 bridges. It’s maze like neighbourhoods are filled with rustic charm.
Make sure you pack comfy footwear for 48 hours in Venice as the easiest way of getting around is definitely walking with help from google maps.– it’s worth investing in the Venezia Unica Citypass if you plan to take waterbus trips to the neighboring islands and visit museums. The pass combines transport, museum and church entries as well as wi-fi access in a single card.
Top things to see and do
Piazza San Marco
1- The centre of Venice is Piazza di San Marco: a place full of history, architecture… and tourists. Despite the amount of people, it’s an amazing place so try not to miss it. To truly get an understanding of how incredible this city is you need to get on top of it. Taking a lift 160ft up to the bell tower’s peak will do just that. From here the views are jaw dropping, you’ll stare in wonder at the scene below where terracotta roof tops pave a giant sea of lego like pieces stacked until the oceans horizon.
2- cannaregio is located far north of the centre of Venice. as such is more hidden away and free of the tourists which flock to San Marco. Here you’ll find some incredible gardens which have been tended to by locals for centuries. They are overgrown and wild and seamlessly blend into the buildings. Almost like a secret garden.
3- The Rialto Bridge is the most famous of the four iconic bridges along the Venetian Grand Canal. There are always lots of tourists on the bridge, but if you visit early in the morning you have the best chance of seeing it without a huge mob.
4-Standing atop Ponte Accademie you have an iconic view of the Grand Canal. Take in some of the most gorgeous architectural masterpieces of Venice. The contrasting colours along this portion of the canal are stunning, the blues of the water, against
golden painted Gothic facades and red and white striped paline poles where gondolas dock look like something out of a painting.
Bridge of Sighs
5-Ponte dei suspiri (which means Bridge of Sighs) is another unmissable place while in Venice. make sure to visit it for sunrise for a not so busy experience.
6-Take a gondola ride. A pricey bucket list experience that you have too do whilst in Venice. A half a hour tour of the canals will set you back €80 euros which was more than our flights. We enjoyed every minute,different views of the buildings we had explored on foot and even the history we were informed of whilst riding our gondola.
Marco Polo airport is on the mainland overlooking Venice. The most scenic route into town is the Alilaguna water bus. which leaves from the pier outside the main terminal (15€ Each one way). If you want to feel like a Hollywood celebrity you can splash out on a water taxi. The taxi will take you directly to your destination for around 100€. Those on a more limited budget should head toward the airport car park. catch the aerobus number 5 to the city’s Piazzale Roma (8€ one way). Trains from elsewhere in Italy arrive at Santa Lucia railway station.