Venice is truly the city of love, a beautiful Italian paradise of waterways, fine art museums, music and of course, the delicious Italian cuisine. Thanks to the low priced and accessible flight options that exist from around Europe, Venice makes for the perfect spot for a weekend break. A weekend may not be enough time to see everything that Venice has on offer, but you can certainly fill it up with plenty of things to do and see. If you are looking at Venice as a weekend getaway, here are some great ideas for how to spend it.
Three in One
In the middle of the magnificent San Marco piazza, the place which Napoleon himself referred to as the ‘drawing room of Europe’, you can see no less than 3 major attractions, perfect for those who are pressed for time. St.Mark’s Basilica is a beautiful representation of the Byzantine era which occupied Venice for many years whilst the Doge’s Palace, also in the square, was once the judicial and political hub of the region. Finally you will find the Torre dell’Orologio a magnificent clock tower which is over 500 years old. This square makes for the perfect place for your first stop.
Trip to venice wouldn’t be complete without taking to the water in one of the iconic gondolas. Gondola hire will cost you 80 Euros for 30 minutes between the times of 8am-7pm and between 7pm-8am you will be looking at a price of 100 Euros for 35 minutes. The prices may not be cheap but once you have experienced this trip out onto the waterways, you will realize that it is actually very good value for money.
The contemporary art scene in Venice really lives up to the city’s reputation and you can really explore some of the fine art installations throughout the city. You could spend some time in the Peggy Guggenheim collection, the city’s third most popular attraction or even visit the relatively new Punta della Dogana which has works by the likes of Jeff Koons, Rachel Whiteread and Dan Flavin inside.
Listen to Vivaldi
Listening to Vivaldi in Venice is kind of a rite of passage which everyone must do during their time here and you can find it played expertly by the Vence Baroque Orchestra. Make sure that before you leave home, you have checked out the schedule to see who is playing in the stunning Teatro Malibran.
Another rite of passage in Vence is eating gelato and you can find some of the very finest here in the city. The best gelato is said to be served in the Boutique del Gelato and if you can battle the lengthy queues, you will be treated to some of the finest ice cream that you have ever tasted.
You weekend in Venice is sure to be pretty frantic so that you can see everything but thankfully mug of the attractions are pretty close together, make sure you have a map with you so you don’t get lost in the mazy streets.