Hellooooo lovely readers!
I’m back from my adventure in Italy and I am so excited to share all of my travel tips and experiences with you guys. To start, my first destination on my trip was Venice. I have to say that now it’s on my list of favorite places to visit!
On a super-random-but-actually-worthwhile note, I want to give you a quick tip on how to combat jet lag! The best thing that you can do for yourself is to keep busy throughout the entire day that you land in your destination. Do not just go to sleep! Go and explore!
Getting back on track, I took the train into Venice and luckily it takes you right onto the main island, which means that you don’t have to take a water bus quite yet. Once you exit the train station, there will be all of these stations set up right in front of you that sell tickets for the water buses. I purchased an unlimited pass for 24 hours, which I highly recommend because it will be worth the 20 euro.
You really want to make sure that you buy a water bus ticket because if you’re caught on the water bus without one, you will be charged a pretty penny … so buy a ticket!
The water bus is really the only way (minus a water taxi $$$) to get from island to island, but if you’ve been to Paris, I would compare it to the Metro! There are different ‘lines’ of the water bus and each ‘line’ has a different route. So you may have to walk around a little bit to make sure that where you’re trying to go is on that route of that specific water bus, but other than that it’s super easy to navigate.
Since I was only spending one full day in Venice, I decided to split my time between Venice and Burano. If you’re unfamiliar with Burano, it is the little island of Venice that has all of the colorful buildings. When you step on the island, you feel like you’re in some magical Candyland oasis, or at least I did!
To get to Burano, I took a water bus, which was about a 30-minute ride. If you love being on boats as much as I do, then you’ll love this. However, if boats aren’t your thing or if you get seasick easily, you can sit in the seats within the water bus, that way you don’t have to stand the entire time.
Once I landed in Burano, I was in absolute awe. It was one of the most beautiful places that I had ever been to. Everywhere that I turned was radiating with bright pinks and subtle green hues splashed on the façade of every building. I can’t even explain its beauty, but I hope that my pictures do it justice because it was seriously spectacular.
Burano is also known for its lace, so there are quite a few shops that you can go into and see people hand-sewing lace pieces. There are also tons of street artists selling watercolor paintings and for relatively low prices. So hop on that train like I did and bring one back for your loved ones!
Once you’re in Burano, you don’t need to take a water bus or taxi anywhere because there are bridges that connect each mini island.
If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat before heading back to Venice, Bar Palmisano is the place to go. They sell tons of different panini sandwiches, plus it’s a bar so you can grab a quick drink to refresh from the heat.
Once you’re back in Venice, you’ve got to walk around, cross the bridges and see where you end up! Even just walking up and down the Grand Canal is an incredible experience in and of itself.
The Rialto Bridge is the famous bridge in Venice that you’ve probably seen in movies (Bond’s Casino Royale, anyone?) but never really knew it was here. I will say that it’s usually super duper crowded, but if it’s something that you really want to see, then it’s worth it.
After roaming around Venice, you’re sure to work up an appetite for some gelato! I recommend SuSo for all of your gelato desires. I had a fig and nut flavored gelato and it was honestly the best thing I’ve ever tasted. They have tons of flavors, and you can even ask for a sample before settling on your flavor of choice.
I wanted to share one last piece of advice about transportation in Venice. If you have dreams of going on a gondola, make sure to be prepared to pay the price. All of the gondolas across Venice are the same universal price, which makes finding one pretty simple. However, 40 minutes on a gondola will run you about 80 euro, with 40 euro being charged for each additional 20 minutes that you ride.
Now, if you’re a broke college graduate like me, riding on a gondola may not be in the cards for you on your first trip to Venice. But, now I can look forward to saving up and riding in one the next time I’m there!
Fun Fact: Each gondola is made specifically for the gondolier based on their height and weight. How cool is that!?
I hope that you enjoyed this travel guide of Venice and Burano!
Next stop: Rome! I’ll be giving my rundown on how to see Rome in 3 days, so stay tuned to Stylishly Good Vibes!
Talk soon friends!
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