Gondola rides in one of the most romantic cities in the world with your beau sounds like a honeymoon plan you’d dig? If yes, then we have just the perfect itinerary for you to spend the time of your life in just three days in Venice. Even if you’re simply vacaying, you can’t elude the romance that thrives in Venice’s air. By Shubhanjana Das
Start your day in the most Italian way possible: at the coffee shop. Set out without expectations and roam the picturesque streets in the early hours of the day when you are likely to stumble upon the local populace also looking for their morning cuppa and a little something to eat. Tonolo serves legendary pastries while cafe Rosso is a favourite among students. If you don’t happen to find either, simply look for the one with the most local crowd in it.
2. Rialto Market
After your morning coffee and some breakfast, head to the Rialto Bridge and the Rialto market to observe the people of Venice and the pace in which they live their Venetian lives. The fresh seafood bought by fishers creates an exciting buzz.
3. St. Mark’s Basilica
After the Rialto Bridge, we suggest you head to Piazza San Marco for its glittering mosaic-lined domes. This Byzantine Church is a hotspot among tourists, so you may want to get there as soon as possible to avoid the crowd.
4. Acqua Alta
If you’re exhausted from all the walking and touristy activity, take it easy for a bit and explore one of Venice’s most coveted bookstores if you’re one who likes to explore the place through its books as well. The eclectic and aesthetic setting of the bookstore, with books in a Gondola, is sure to enthrall every visitor!
5. Gondola Ride
End your day with a dinner at a gondola ride during the sunset. After the sun goes down in the horizon, grab yourself a drink and lose yourself to the rhythm of the orchestras in St. Mark’s Square.
After breakfast, take a gondolier to visit the nooks and crannies of the city where nothing but a small gondola can make its way through. This is the best way to see the city and it soul.
- San Giorgio degli Schiavoni
This quaint little church is home to the works of Venetian legend and master Carpaccio. What will you find? Well, besides everything, an eyeful of glorious pieces of art, which also includes that of a dog!
When we say this is the perfect place to indulge in souvenirs from Venice, we mean it! Muranero is a jewelry boutique where the glass artist Moulaye will blow a glass bead in front of you, each of which is distinct from the other. You will find a host of other shops of clothing, jewelry, and masks along the Fondamenta dei Ormensi, perfect for window shopping!
3. Al Timon
What other place than Al Timon, one of the gems in the city when it comes to restaurants, for indulging in your second last dinner in Venice? The Sarde in saor and the spaghetti al nero di seppia are two of the must-have Venetian delicacies that Al Timon specialises in.
- Bridge of Sighs
On the third day, start by looking at the enchanting view of Venice for one last time at the bridge of Sighs, the connecting bridge de Duke Palace and the New prison. The bridge gets its name from the last sighs the prisoners would sigh at the sight of Venice before execution. Eerie, right?
2. St. Mark’s Bell Tower
The largest of the five remaining bells in Venice, this 330-feet long bell tower used to be a lighthouse. Now, it is one of the best places to view the square and the whole of the Venice lagoon. However, that comes with waiting in the queues for the elevator that takes you to the top
3. La Palanca
If you want to remember Venice in the most honest and unpretentious way, have your second last meal at La Palanca, a humble local restaurant that serves only lunch and has mastered the art of making the ordinary extra-ordinary.
Since your last day in Venice is all about taking it slow, nothing can beat a stroll in the little island of Guidecca. It has a lot of little art galleries and shops including Tre Oci, a well-known museum, which puts up exhibitions of photographs by big names.
5. La Zucca
The last dinner at Venice has to be at one of Venice’s prized gifts to every foodie, La Zucca. Where else can you find chefs who can turn vegetables into flans? The experience is authentic, rooted, and very earthy but as memorable as a celebratory dinner in Venice can be.
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