Four Great Things to Do in Venice

We leave tomorrow! For the last installment in my “Procrastinator’s Links” for people like me who haven’t spent much time researching our travel destinations, here’s something a little different. My mother has visited Venice several times, and it’s one of her favorite cities, so I asked for her top 4 suggestions for sightseeing. Here they are, in order:

View from the vaporetto in the Grand Canal

View from the vaporetto along the Grand Canal

1. This suggestion takes a couple of hours, and my mother says it’s her favorite way to take a leisurely “tour” of the city – she promises that it’s much better than a gondola ride. Take the vaporetto that goes up the Grand Canal in the direction of Lido (it’s route 1). Wait for one that has seats in the bow (it will be crowded and you won’t be able to sit, so just stand for now). Take it all the way to the end of the line, which is Lido, at which point everyone has to get off. You should get back on immediately, and grab one of those seats in the bow. Take the vaporetto all the way to the other end, which is Piazzale Roma. While riding back, you will come across the lagoon and get a beautiful view of Venice. The vaporetto makes lots of stops, so this is a leisurely way to take lots of pictures of the city from the water.

Produce at the Rialto Market

2. Go to the Rialto Market fairly early in the morning. The market is along the Grand Canal close to the Rialto bridge, and you can see all kinds of ┬áincredibly fresh produce, seafood, and meats. It’s a fascinating sensory experience!

3. Wander around! My mother assures me that when you wander in Venice, you can’t get but so lost because it’s an island. If you look up at many major intersections, there will be a directional marker painted on the wall on the first floor of the buildings (the European “first floor,” which for us is the second floor) with an arrow pointing toward the Rialto, San Marco, the Accademia, or other notable locales. Pay attention to the colorful details while you wander: look at the laundry, window baskets with flowers, door knockers, etc. Trust to serendipity and you’ll see some interesting and picturesque sights!

4. Visit Murano. A separate island famous for glass-blowing, Murano is accessible by vaporetto. Like Venice, Murano has canals and is very picturesque, but it’s not quite as crowded. Turn left when you get off the vaporetto, walk a little ways, and you’ll come to some glass factories where you can watch the glass-blowing in action.

Check out my mom’s slideshow of some of her Venice photos to see more photos of these places (particularly the market) and get in an Italian mood.┬áI’ll see you all in Budapest on Saturday!

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