Venice, City of Bridges
Tax Refund: Can be done together on your final departure from European Union
From Airport / Train Station to the City
The city airport also known as the Marco Polo Airport which is named after the famous explorer is technically not located in Venice. But after exiting the terminal you are able to take a bus to Piazzale Roma, the furthest point you can reach with ground transportation. The ACTV bus 5 will be on your left and the ATVO bus will be on your right.
A more glamorous transfer will be taking a water taxi but it cost a steep 35 euro for a shared one.
Piazzale Roma is also the place where trains will stop, the actually train station is known as Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia, remember to stop here. From here it is a short walk to Piazzale Roma.
From Piazzale Roma you can take one of the water taxi which is pricey, costing 7 Euros for a single trip or 20 Euro for a 24 hour ticket.
If not you can just walk, some says that getting lost around all the canals and alleys is actually an experience.
Piazza San Marco
The iconic and famous site in Venice. Imagine the impressive Doge Palace and buildings lining up the square with the bell tower and the waters with the boats as the backdrop, then the pigeons on the ground. That photogenic view and scene. That is Plaza San Marco. Located on the square are also lots of tourists and cafes that you can sit with a drink and watch the world goes by.
One of the most popular attraction in Venice, the place attract numerous tourists, prepare to wait and queue. The place is now a converted museum and shows the duke room prisons and armoury. The architecture is also built in the Venetian Gothic style at the peak of Venice. It is open daily from 8.30am to 7pm and 5.30pm in winter. Tickets can be booked online and is highly recommended. It cost 14.50 Euros reduced for the popular Secret Itinerary tour.
St Mark’s Basilica
This is the most gorgeous and famous church in Venice. The imposing figure of the church is a classic example of the Italo-Byzantine Architecture style. It has been around since 1092. Pre buying of tickets is definitely recommend as the wait there can be as long as 5 hours. The basilica is free to enter but the museum is chargeable. In summer it is super crowded and reservation are really needed.
Bridge of Sighs
The arch bridge besides the Doge Palace, it is well known as the Bridge of Sighs, where prisons reflected on what they had done while catching a glimpse for the last time of the beautiful Venice. It is also known as the Ponte dei Sospiri. The limestone bridge has windows with stone bars and the construction started in 1600.
The one bridge out of the numerous that link up the roads over the canals, this bridge can be said as the most happening and also the most famous one in Venice. The always crowded market is also located to the west of the bridge where you could find the farmers market. On the east is some small shops and restaurants. It is one of Venice most recognizable icon over the past 800 years.
Santa Maria Della Salute
Simply known as the Salute, this is the other famous church in Venice. It is open in 1687 and built in Baroque Style. The picture of the church along the Venice waters is especially gorgeous. It also housed the iconic 12 works by titan. It is the church located directly opposite Saint Mark Square.
Similar to Venice, it is a series of small islands liked by bridge. Murano is very famous for its technology and the production of glass. Murano also has its own grand canal and it separate the island into two. The island has many little shops and restaurants. Besides the sunset view here over the Grand Canal is truly amazing. The Santi Maria e Donato is except worthy of a view. The watertaxi 41 and 42 will take you here.
A small island located in the region, Burano is known for its coloured houses and also their lace making skills. It is known to be less touristy and more down to earth than its counterpart, Venice. It is located about 30mins away by ferry from Venice. You can take the Vaporetto number 12 from Saint Mark Square to reach the place. The colour pattern of the houses here is deem worth of a look. As a fishing village, the seafood here is significant cheaper and better.
I Tre Mercanti
Campo della Guerra, 5364, 30122 Castello, Venezia VE, Italy
Located just behind the Saint Mark Square, this is the place to go for in Venice for the best dessert in town. The Tiramisu here is the most amazing that you would ever find. It is also a classy gourmet store selling all sorts of produce. Enjoy looking through and seeing great products. It is open daily from 11am to 7.30pm.
Pizzeria ae Oche
Santa Croce, 1552/A, 30100 Venezia, Italy
Even though this is not the place to get pizza, where the southern region is more famous, this local establishment offers the best in town. The food is plentiful and the price is reasonable. There are a couple locations in town, with one in the middle of Venice and also one located next to the train station.
Dal Moro’s – Fresh Pasta To Go
Calle De La Casseleria, 5324, 30122 Castello, Venezia VE, Italy
Known as the Italian fast food, this place is the bomb. Expect queues outside the joint, fresh pasta mixed with a pick of made-to-order sauces. It is open from 12pm to 8.30pm on Mon to Sat. prices range between 5 to 8 Euros.
Bar Pasticceria Rosa Salva
Sestiere di S. Marco, 950, 30124 Venezia, Italy
One of the oldest pastry shops in Venice, where you can enjoy fresh pastries, cakes and sandwiches, as well as buy hand-made chocolates and sweets. If you need a cake for a special occasion, this is the best place to order a beautifully decorated masterpiece. Their fritelle is especially good. It is open from Mon to Sat from 8am to 8pm.
Pasticceria Rio Marin
Località S. Croce, 784, 30135 Venezia, Italy
Open daily from 6.45am to 8.30pm, it is a little out of the way and away from Plaza San Marco but this place serves up the most divine tiramisu ever. Located along a quaint canal, the best time passing event is to grab a cake and coffee while seated by the canal.
Al Gatto Nero da Ruggero
Via Giudecca, 88, 30142 Burano, Venezia VE, Italy
Located by a lagoon this is deemed as one of the best trattoria in town. The ingredients they used are all from the region and the seafood is from the waters itself. Risotto alla Buranella, which is simply fabulous. Made from the giozzi fish from the lagoon. The grilled scallop is also fabulous. It is closed on Mon. On other days it is open from 12.30pm to 3pm and 7.30pm to 8.30pm.