Venice is one of the most unique cities in the world and is worth the visit.
Venice can get extremely busy with tourists and locals. But here, we are going to help you to discover the best of Venice in 48 hours.
Venice is a large island in the Venetian lagoon, which is split in two by the Grand Canal. The island of Venice is connected to the mainland with a long road and railway bridge.
Arrival in Venice
The ways of getting into Venice is by train or plane or by car.
From Venice Marco Polo Airport, you also have the option of arriving by water; catching a public ferry or a water taxi or travelling to Venice by public bus.
If you have decided to drive to Venice, you will be leaving it a Tronchetto, which is connected to the rest of Venice by ferry services or you can arrange a water taxi. There are multi-storey car parks in Piazzale Roma, which is as far as you can drive into Venice. This might be obvious, but you can’t not take a car to your hotel on Venice island, only boats or walking.
The train is quite a good way of arriving in Venice. The train station is called Venezia Santa Lucia and it is located on the northern side of the Grand Canal at the western end of Venice. Don’t confuse Mestre (called Venezia Mestre) as your stop as this is the mainland station, you want to stay on past smaller stations and over the bridge to Venezia Santa Lucia. Walking out of the station, it opens out to face the Grand Canal where there are a row of Vaporetto (ferries) and you can also get picked up by a private water taxi (pre-arranged).
Finding your way around
Venice is a maze of wonderful walkways and canals and people often say that getting lost in Venice is magical. It is, once you have found your hotel or apartment. It is always best to get directions, with descriptions if possible, as Venetian addresses are only a district number and a house number so are often useless for helping to find your way. Hotels will often have their recommendations for arrivals and sometimes the host of apartments will agree to meet you close by to escort you.
So, you have found your Vaporetto, got off at the right stop and managed to find your hotel. You have checked in and have walked back out into the streets of Venice. It is time to explore!
Introductory tour of Venice
Venice is a unique and famous city. Marvel at the amazing sites and soak in the atmosphere with your own private guide, showing you the most famous parts of the city.
This 2 hour walking tour will introduce you to the most important monuments. The tour includes seeing the Doge’s Palace, decorated with rose and pink marble and the Bridge of Sighs, that links the Palace with the prison section. Its windows allowed the prisoners to see the outside world for the last time before execution. Next, St Mark’s Basilica, called the Golden Cathedral, crowned with 5 huge domes, and St Mark’s Square, the symbol of Venice.
Having a guide escort you around the main street of Venice will introduce you the narrow streets and will help you to acquaint yourself with this marvellous city. And recommend an introductory tour
After a little stop for some food. Venice is surrounded by water, so fish and seafood is one of the main dishes.
Venice Churches tour
Venice has beautiful Churches and this unique tour will introduce you to some of the best. With a private and knowledgeable guide to guide you through the streets and over the Ponte di Rialto.
The Basilica, usually called by Venetians “Frari”, Friars, is one of the largest Churches of Venice. Build in the 13th Century, its distinctive brick façade was completed in 1338. The wide and tall naves, the amazing altar painting with the Assumption of Mary by Titian and the Tombs of the Great Venetians, Tiziano and Canova, make this Church one of the most beautiful of the entire city, and a perfect location for Concerts.
Start day two with a wonderful private tour of the islands or Murano and Burano, with time for lunch on Burano before returning to San Marco.
Venice excursion: Murano and Burano
In your private boat, discover the treasures of the Venice Lagoon: the islands of Murano and Burano.
You will start in Murano, famous world wide for its beautiful glass art work. The Glass Museum, located in the Palazzo Giustinian, holds samples of glass from the Egyptians through to the present day, with its displays showing how the art and manufacture of glass developed over the centuries.
Burano is located just north of Venice, known throughout the world for its specialty, Burano lace. Burano’s colourful houses were painted brilliant colours out of the fishermen’s desire to see their own houses from far out at sea.
After returning to San Marco Square, you can meet a private guide and visit the amazing sites of Venice, including
Walking tour of Venice, including the Accademia
Enjoy a delightful walk around one of the most interesting cities in Italy. You will take in the atmosphere as you stroll through the unique streets of Venice. Visit the Accademia gallery and amazing churches like San Rocco.
You will take in the amazing atmosphere of Venice with this cultural walking tour.
San Rocco is a must see with its ornate façade designed by Bernardino Maccarucci. It is one of the plague churches of Venice, built as thanks for relief from the plague. Venice was particularly vulnerable to the plague. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari The Basilica, usually just called the Frari, is one of the greatest churches in the city, with a status of a minor basilica. It stands on the Campo dei Frari at the heart of the San Polo district.
Santa Giovanni e Paolo is the main Domenican church of Venice.The terrain was given by the doge Domenico Tiepolo to Dominican friars in 1246, after he had dreamed of a flock of white doves flying over it. It was completed only in 1430; it is also known as the pantheon of doges, as twenty-five of them have been buried there.Accademia gallery. In the early 18th century, while Venice was a thriving community of artists, painters were members of an artisan union and unlike other large cities there was no art academy. Its foundation was realized in December of 1766 when the Senate ordered the construction of an Academy of sculpture, painting and civil architecture, similar to those of the main cities of Italy and Europe.
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