Venice - about lanes and canals
Getting to Venice from La Spezia involves a Florence stopover.
Here's a tip: BOOK THIS LEG AS EARLY AS YOU CAN. If you wait, you'll either get otherworldly timings, or ULTRA expensive prices!
Day 1 - Explore Venice
Take a gondola ride (only because it's Venice), walk around San Marco. Visit Doge's palace. Stop and stare at the bridge of sighs. Walk across Rialto bridge.
You can actually jump into one of the water buses and go around the city, getting off at each stop to explore the sights. It's kinda like a joyride ????
Day 2 - Murano, Burano, Torcello
There are plenty of day trips available to these little islands about 45 minutes from Venice. I booked my trip through my hotel. If you want to plan ahead, here's one you can look at -
Day 3 - Murano, Burano, Torcello tour Day 3 - Day trip to the Dolomites / Explore more of Venice
If you're a crazy person like me, go to the Dolomites. It's 3 hours one way by bus to and back from Cortina d'Ampezzo. Once you're in Cortina, it's half an hour to Passa Falzarego, where you'll get maybe an hour before the last bus back to Cortina leaves, and the last bus back to Venice leaves.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND visiting the Dolomites and spending some time there. It's a great place for hiking, and it's stunning. If you have the time, go for 3 days at the very least.
If this is not your thing, stay back in Venice, and check out some of the museums. Grab a glass of wine or a gelato at San Marco. Walk the little streets and buy a few trinkets for back home, like Venetian masks you'll not find in other parts of the world.
Where to Stay
Rome: near Central Station. Four Seasons Backpackers is quite decent.
Sorrento: Not too many options available for hostels. Seven Hostel was good, but 12 beds a dorm is a bit much for me. Check out AirBnb as well.
Naples: Hostel of the Sun was GREAT
Florence: Backpackers Florence Central. It was more like a little hotel, since we got a double room, and it was the PRETTIEST room I have stayed in ever.
Cinque Terre: AirBnb in Manarola. Good idea to stay in Manarola, it's the prettiest village of all at night, and very central.
Venice: Book a hotel / hostel in or as close to San Marco as you can.
I spent just two weeks in Italy, but deserves all the time you can give it. I didn't club it with another country, or in a shorter trip, because I think there is SO MUCH to see and do that there's never enough time!
I've tried putting in everything I could think of here in one post. If you feel there's something else I'm missing, or any other info you might need, hit me up! Drop me a line in the comments and I WILL get back to you.
This blog was originally posted on Peppy Travel Girl.