Thanks to the in-laws, we had a kid-free day trip to Venice. Lucky us!
Ca’ Savio camping sold us a €24 travel pass that allowed a 24 hour ticket for buses, the ferry to Venice and the vaparetto (canal bus). The ferry took about 35 minutes from Punta Sabbioni to Piazza San Marco.
Entering Venice from the ferry is amazing. There’s a slow reveal of the Grand Canal and one of the most beautiful and recognisable skylines on the planet.
The moment you step off the ferry, you’re a target for the tourist industry. People dressed up approach you to get a photo with them. If you wanted a pic with the ladies about, that would cost you €20! Luckily, the classic Venice architecture is free to wander round and enjoy.
Piazzo San Marco is huge. St. Mark’s Basilica is the stunning building at the top end. It’s free to get into and has, for the last 1,000+ years, been the resting place of St Mark. It’s free to get in to and took us about 15 minutes in a queue. Women must cover their shoulders and I was asked to remove my hat. Luckily, I have awesome hair.
We wandered up to a market, and then off down sidestreets. It paid off. We found loads of smaller restaurants and a collection of food markets. Unfortunately, it was a little late in the day for the fish market.
We bought cherries, herb mixtures and presents. Half of the shops in Venice sell glass ornaments and festival masks, but we managed to resist the pressure to buy any.
We stopped off at a small restaurant, serving fresh fish, called Antico Panificio. It was a great experience. They’re always trying to up your order. Want a dish at €16? Watch as they tell you all about the wonderful dish, which they swear is the best food you’ll ever taste, and it’s only slightly more at €28. The food was spot on. The fish was deboned, professionally, at our table. Everywhere in Venice is expensive but this was quite reasonable. I’d recommend it.
And, of course, the gondola trip. Again, they tried to upsell the package. A gondola trip is a fixed price across the whole of Venice – €80! Despite the expense, they tried to offer us another trip, still just 30 minutes, but at €120. We politely declined. The trip was incredibly relaxing and romantic. A perfect post-meal experience.
After a little present shopping, we returned to the Grand Canal to catch the ferry home. Unbelieveably hot but an unforgettable experience. You must go at least once in your life!