Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice

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16th May 2019
Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri
Day 2

Italy has welcomed us with all of its beauty. After our awesome day at Lake Como now it was time to start our journey for Venice. As I mentioned there was a transport problem in Milan but, somehow we managed to reach our bus station from where we have to catch the morning bus at 7:15 AM.

Journey Towards Venice

Photo of Lampugnano FlixBus Bus Stop, Via Giulio Natta, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy by Shivangi Johri

Venice is one of the most different and magnificent city. It resides on a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. There is something very special about the place. The water taxis, water buses or gondolas are the only means of transportation over there. Getting around is easy but entirely different from the rest of the world.

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Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

How to reach Venice from Milan?

There are various options available to reach Venice from Milan.

1. Fast Trains

Journey time- 2-2.5 hours

Cost- 28-35 Euros

2. Slow Trains

Journey time- 3.5 hours

Cost- 22-28 Euros

You can check trains at omio for more details.

3. Flix Buses

Journey time -3.5-4 hours

Cost- 14-22 Euros

You can check flixbus for bus timings and cost.

We opted for flixbus as it is cost effective and, a road journey to Venice is full of scenic views.

We reached Venice Mestre at 11:00AM. After reaching Venice Mestre, we decided to collect our ACTV day pass, which included buses and water buses. We had already bought the pass online but, we have to take the printout of the day pass.

Note: You can find the machines at bus stops. Also, you need to carry some cash and coins to buy the ticket on the spot.

How to roam around Venice?

The easiest way to roam around in Venice is taking ACTV day pass. This pass includes buses and water buses. Also, buy this pass if you are planning to visit the islands in Venice. Otherwise, you can buy a single ticket every time. This pass comes in multiple variants. You can buy day pass from actv website.

ACTV Water Buses

Photo of Mestre, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

Where to stay in Venice?

Venice is an expensive city, so choosing where to stay is necessary.The better option is to stay near Venice Mestre and from where you can go to Venice anytime. There are buses which run from Venice Mestre throughout the day and takes only 10 minutes to reach Venice.

Journey from Venice Mestre to Venice

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

We check-in our hotel and had our lunch before starting our day in Venice.We took the bus from the bus stop nearest to our hotel. It took 10 minutes to reach Venice. We reached Venice around 1:15 AM and we already had our itinerary planned, so we exactly knew where we have to go.

Venice

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

Venice

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

We decided to go to Burano island, which is the most beautiful island in Venice.

Journey towards Burano

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

Places to visit in Venice

1. Burano Island

Burano is one of the most picturesque locations in the world. It is known for its small, brightly painted houses, which are popular with artists. It is also known for its lace making.

Burano Island

Photo of Burano, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

How to visit Burano Island?

One Vaporetto line runs from Venice to Burano: the 12. The large, express ferry runs from Venice's San Zaccaria stop to Burano and Murano, with another stop at Venice's Fondamente Nove stop. It takes about 45 minutes and costs €6.50 per person. But in case you have ACTV pass, you don't need to buy this.

Burano Island

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

Burano Island

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

Note: Please find the timetables on actv website.

Burano Port

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

We reached Burano Island around 2:15 PM and the 45 minutes journey from Venice to the island is full of scenic views of other islands en route. We visited many places in Burano island like Bell Tower, Bepi's House,Piazza Galuppi and Tre Ponti.

Bell Tower

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

Bepi's House

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

2. Torcello Island

Torcello island is easily accessible from Burano in 5 minutes with the ACTV ferry (T line), which runs every half hour, Torcello immediately offers an atmosphere of times to its visitors.

Torcello Port

Photo of Torcello, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

2. Murano Island

The island of Murano is famous for its long tradition of glass-making. One can shop for locally crafted souvenirs. Murano island can be reached from Torcello island in 15 minutes with a ACTV ferry.

Murano Port

Photo of Murano, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

Murano Island

Photo of Murano, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

There are many places in Murano to visit. Choose wisely as per your time like Glass museum, Basilica Di Santa Maria e San Donato, St. Pietro Martire Church, Palazzo da Mula, glass factories, glass shops.

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri
Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

Glass factory

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

After visiting the three most beautiful islands in Venice, we decided to head back to Venice, where we have to visit other attractions. We spent our afternoon in the islands and returned around 6:00 PM.

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

4. Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace is built in Venetian Gothic style and is one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice in northern Italy. It is open till 9:00 PM so you can visit after 6:00 PM also.

Doge's Palace

Photo of Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

Doge's Palace

Photo of Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

5. Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs is one of the famous bridge in Venice. The bridge connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace.

Photo of Bridge of Sighs, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

6. St. Mark's Square

It is also known as Piazza San Marco, is the primary public square of Venice.

St. Mark's Square

Photo of St. Mark's Square, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

7. Saint Mark's Basilica

It is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. It is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best-known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture.

Photo of Saint Mark's Basilica, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

8. St Mark's Campanile

It is the bell tower of St Mark's Basilica. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. It also offers a city view.

Photo of St Mark's Campanile, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

9. Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice. It connects the sestieri of San Marco and San Polo. It has been rebuilt several times since its first construction and is now a significant tourist attraction in the city.

Rialto Bridge

Photo of Rialto Bridge, Sestiere San Polo, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

10. Grand Canal

The Grand Canal is one of the major channels in Venice which connects the whole city.

Photo of Grand Canal, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

11. Gallerie dell'Accademia

12. Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Photo of Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Dorsoduro, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri
Photo of Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Dorsoduro, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Shivangi Johri

All the places are nearby in Venice, so you can easily visit all the attractions in 3 hours.

We were able to visit all the places by 9:00 PM and then we were looking for a good restaurant for our dinner. There are multiple restaurants along the Grand Canal. So you can enjoy good food and good ambience.

Photo of Italy Diaries : A Complete Guide For Italy (Part 2) Venice by Shivangi Johri

Note: You can get buses to Venice Mestre till midnight so plan accordingly to return.

We returned to our hotel in Venice Mestre after having our dinner. With this our second day comes to an end.

The next morning we have to head towards our next city Florence to taste the essence of Tuscany.

Cost of the trip:

Milan-Venice - Bus tickets -10.13 Euros

Venice Travel Card - 20 Euros

Stay - 25 Euros

Food- 9.5 Euros

Total cost- 64.63 Euros

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