You will regularly read that one thing you should not do in Venice is relegate it to just a day trip. Spend at least one night in the city if you possibly can – that’s the best advice you’ll get that will help you see what makes Venice truly special. But of course not everyone can spend a night in Venice. Whether you’ve only got a day because you’re on a cruise or you’ve got too much else on your itinerary to afford more than one precious day in the canal city, it comes down to having only a day. So let’s make sure you have a fantastic day in Venice, shall we?
Venice is a city where just wandering aimlessly can be the best way to spend your time – but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see. There are hundreds of churches in Venice, many of which contain beautiful art and yet never make it onto visitor to-do lists. In general, it’s a good idea to peek your head into any church you pass on your wanderings. If it’s open and there isn’t a service going on, take a look around. Some churches charge an entry fee, but most don’t (although they always appreciate donations for upkeep), and churches in Venice as well as elsewhere in Italy offer us a chance to see art in situ. Having said that, there are some famous churches in Venice you should make a point of seeking out, if you can find your way through the maze of Venice’s streets.
Italy’s busiest and biggest passenger airports are in Rome and Milan, but of course those aren’t the only cities with international airports in Italy. Plenty of people have Rome on their must-see list, but most people who fly into Milan end up getting a train out of the city immediately upon arrival – which just means your time in transit is longer. Why not fly directly into a city where you actually want to spend time? Why not fly into Venice?
The canal city of Venice is almost synonymous with the iconic gondola, but that’s not the only way to get around. You have a few options for a sunset sightseeing cruise in Venice, from traditional boats to something a bit more modern.
One of the most popular Italian desserts is tiramisu, a coffee-and-cream concoction. As with many dishes that are now so common that they’re found on nearly every Italian menu both in Italy and abroad, there is some debate over the origin of tiramisu. Almost everyone agrees, however, it comes from the Veneto region.
Apparently, there are boat people and there are non-boat people, or so I was told by my instructor on the Venice Gondola School: Learn How to Be a Gondolier tour. I fall straight into the latter camp. Sure, I’ve rowed a canoe and kayaked here and there under the supervision of a stronger and more skilled shipmate. But in the world of boaters, I am a true beginner, and a clumsy one at that. Fortunately, the tour is designed for people of my ilk and more experienced sailors alike.
Venice has long been known as a city of art. Today, visitors may be distracted by the canals, the gondolas, and the crowds, but this is a place where art lovers can feed their hunger. One such museum for art lovers is the Accademia Gallery.
A trip to Venice ought to be as much about relaxing as it is about sightseeing – especially since the famously laid-back Italians are leading the way. Making it even easier to relax are the number of thermal day spas near Venice.