Venice is a city like no other. No matter how many times you have seen it in the photos and in movies, Venice is more fantastic than you can imagine. With its canals, its narrow streets, its palaces and its churches you see all the reflects of a century of history.
The best time to visit Venice is at the end of autumn and the first part of winter, you avoid the crowds and take advantage of cheaper rates, for cons you most be prepared for colder temperatures. In January and February, the two weeks of the Carnival, this one of the major attractions of Venice and the crowds are very dense. As spring turns into summer, the number of tourists increases, but it is still nice to visit this place, but summer can be extremely hot and tourism are everywhere.
One of the most visited places in Venice is undoubtedly the magnificent Piazza San Marco. It is also here that you can find the Basilica of San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, once the political and judicial center of Venice; and the Torre dell’ Orologio, a clock tower built between 1496 and 1506.
It is therefore essential to visit this place,but if I were you I would not eat and even stop for a drink at piazza SanMarco. As it is a popular place for tourists, restaurateurs take the opportunity to raise their prices. If you absolutely want to try out one of these restaurants and sit on a terrace, do not be surprised at the inflated prices. Soft drink will cost you $ 12 and a beer $ 15. Do not forget to add the ‘covered charge” on top, which is usually $ 2.50 per person, and if you decide to have a drink in the evening you’ll be presented with an additional cost of $ 7 per person.
I think the best way to enjoy and get to know Venice is to walk. Venice is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and every street, bridges and houses are beautiful, it’s almost an open-air museum!
My family and I had the chance to go three times in Venice. Every time we walked everywhere. It is fun to explore and wander around in the narrow streets and places that we would otherwise never see. We got lost several times in more residential areas and thus we have seen how the local Venetians lived away tourists. Venice is a safe city and so small that you will eventually return to the Grand Canal and it will be easy for you find your way.
If you do not want to walk for hours, you can also take a boat bus that sail on the canals. We took it several times and after the walk, the Vaporetto is, in my opinion, the best way to see Venice. Not very expensive and the sights on the ride is superb. You will cross very residential areas of Venice.
Every time we went to Venice. We have always stayed in the same hotel; Hilton Molino Stucky. As we are members of Hilton Honord Clud whenever we travel we always go to a hotel in this chain. The Hilton Molino is not on the main island, but we have to our disposal a shuttle boat that takes us to the island every 15 minutes. For some this can be a disadvantage, but I must admit that I liked finding the tranquility of our island after a busy day.
In terms of food, many people know the pasta and pizzas that are known worldwide and that we generally associate with Italy and its cuisine. The reality, however, is that Italy is home to a variety of cuisines. So during your stay try to avoid the tourist restaurants, you rather go where to locals are so that way you can discover the Venetian specialties, this one consisting of some really tasty and refined dishes that depend largely on fish and vegetables.
So will we return to Venice for a fourth time !?!? Surely, as the children have grown since the last time we were there, I would love to introduce them to this place again! Or maybe only with my love since this is such a romantic place. Regardless, Venice is a place where it is always good to return.