And that’s how it ended.. Venice, called Venezia in Italian was last destination of our 15 days’ tour to France and Italy. After 6 hours long travel from Naples in south Italy to Venice in North east Italy we were about to reach our station Venice Mestre. However we ditched this station and de-boarded at Venice’s main Santa Lucia Station(which was the next station) just to enjoy train ride over ocean. Despite of all comforts of TrenItalia we were tired and kind of low in energy by this time. However, our tiredness lasted only till we stepped out of railway station. We were super excited to see the canal right outside the station. While we were trying to soak ourselves in the very first sight of Venice, it started raining heavily. Due to rain we decided to have some snacks at the station. We ordered Cappuccino and Pizza (which is a not a very common combination there). If you are a coffee lover, do try it in Italy. By the time we finished our snacks, it stopped raining and we took a cab to our hotel (Sorry, there is no Uber in Venice).
So Venice has basically two parts — town based around canal is Venice island and city on land is called Mainland. Mainland is connected to island via 30 km long road and bridge running over ocean. You can board bus or cab to travel between Mainland and Island. Cab would cost around € 30–35 whereas bus will be more economical with fare of approx € 10 per person. Island has all narrow lanes so you will not find any vehicle running in the town. Water bus (boat) is the only mode of transport here. If you don’t mind walking with luggage or shifting them from boat to boat you can opt to stay at hotel in island else you can stay at hotel in mainland. Hotels in mainland are generally cheaper than those in island. But do consider your travel cost from mainland to island while making choice. We stayed at a hotel in mainland.
We spent our evening exploring city streets and finally went to Nave de Vero mall (which was close to our hotel) for some shopping and dinner.
Next day we were all charged up to explore Venice islands. We planned to cover Murano, Burano and Torcello island in first half of the day and spend evening at city heart St. Mark’s square. You can buy full day bus pass which can be used in buses as well as boats. It would cost € 20 and is most economical option else you can book any tour online. We took bus from a stop near our hotel and reached Piazzale Roma which is main bus stand in island. From there we took public water bus (boat) to Murano which took around 15–20 minutes. Murano island is famous for its unique glass creations and glass factories. On reaching there we asked someone where will we find glass factory and answer was “everywhere” ! You will find shops full of beautiful glass items ranging from earrings, showpieces to big lamps and lights. You can scan through these shops and buy some gifts and souvenirs.
While buying anything big do check for Original Murano glass certificate else you may end up buying some “Made in China” item. You can do free factory visits and spot some glass work going on.
We spent around 2 hours there and then took water bus to Burano. By the time we reached Burano it was really sunny. Burano is much more colorful than what I imagined. This place’s beauty lies in its colorful cute houses. Every sight was so cosy and nice that it was really difficult to hold back from clicking pictures. Every street in this small town was a unique colorful surprise in itself. Apart from this it is famous for its lace works. So again you have lot of shopping options there.
From Burano we went to Torcello. Only limited parts of Torcello is open for tourist rest of it is inaccessible. There is nothing much to do here. We hardly spent 15 mins on this island and left back for Venice.
By the time we reached venice island it was around 6 in the evening. Now it was time to explore Venice streets. We walked through the narrow streets, did some photography ,visited Rialto bridge and finally reached St. Mark Square(Piazza San Marco). It is huge open square with St. Mark Bascialla and bell tower at one side and shops and restaurants on all other sides. Bascialla is fancy looking glorious building. One can also have top view of venice from bell tower’s top. We were super tired so we skipped it. Since it was already 8 PM, most of the shops were closed and restaurants were setting up their live music and sittings. We walked through the square and reached on grand canal side. From here you can have beautiful view of churches and palaces on the other side. If you are interested in Gondola ride, you can board one from stations here at San Marco. We spent some time capturing those sights and then took a boat to Piazzale Roma (bus terminal). We had dinner and took bus back to our hotel.