VENICE: For 24 Hours? Why Not! (The First 12 Hours)

October 15, 2015  •  3 Comments

Photos Taken / Written by JENNIFER MAHON  |  This post was read 1011 times



 

PREQUEL
So yeah, I just got back from New Orleans and Florida. And yeah, I haven't even finished photos from the Belgium & Netherlands weekend in July. And yes, I still have some Rome photos to get through from the few days there in June with the kiddies. Oh, and let's not forget the rest of the photos from the epic Europe road trip of 2014. BUT, you can't keep a travel addict in one spot for too long....

That restlessness starts to set in, and you feel easily irritated and slightly depressed and can't quite figure out why....until it pops into your head - "I wonder if there's anywhere I can go on standby for the weekend?"

Venice works. So does Rome....and so does Paris. Immediately I feel better! I have options to feed this addiction and something to keep me sane for just a little longer. 

Try as I might to convince the hubby to fly to Venice (from Montreal) for just 24 hours, he's not biting. 

"Babe, we JUST got back from vacation. Can't you wait a bit?"

"Hmmm, but it's Venice! Don't you wanna see it before it sinks?"

"It's not going to sink within the next few months...."

"But...but it will just be you and me...no kids...wandering around Venice...."

"You're not going to be happy until you go, aren't you? Go, if you must!"

Yes. I. MUST. Hellooo? Travel keeps me sane!

Must I go alone? Sure, I could. And I truly thought there's no way in hell someone would tag along with me, but just in case, a quick text to another fellow travel addict saying, "Soooo......I'm thinking of going to Venice this weekend for literally only 24 hours...." was all that was needed to get an immediate response of, "Count me in."

 

HOTEL HUNTING
Trying to find a centrally located, reasonably price hotel in Venice is like trying to find water in a desert. With only 24 hours on the ground, we were trying to find a hotel on the island so we wouldn't waste any time in transport. Was resigned to choosing between a hotel in Mestre (about 45 min via public bus), a hotel in Lido di Venezia (about 30 min via vaporetto)....and even toyed with the idea of staying at a campground (40 min by ferry) - just to keep the cost low so our pockets wouldn't hurt (and so my hubs wouldn't have more ammo to use in our discussions about my travel budget).

Hotwire was my saviour! Was about to give up and Hotwire pulled up a cute 3-star within a 5-min walk o Venice's main train station for only $120 (CAD) for the night. On the island of Venice, this is practically unheard of. Like ever. 

 

READY, SET... GO!
We leave Montreal on a Friday night and arrive in Venice at 12:45 PM on Saturday. We need to be back at the airport, at the same time on Sunday. On arrival at the VCE airport, we buy tickets (14 EUR roundtrip) for the ATVO express bus that will take us to Piazzale Roma. Most peeps will take the no. 5 Aerobus for 6 EUR each way, but this route takes about an hour to get to Piazzale Roma. Spend the extra euro and don't waste any time getting to the centre of Venice. At the airport, we also purchased the 24-hour ACTV Venezia Unica Pass for 20 EUR, which gives access to all buses and water buses (vaporettos) in the city of Venice.  

Excuse the slightly long post.......but as you'll see, we managed to cram quite a bit into our limited time in Venezia!

 

1:51 PM - Checking out the Grand Canal from Ponte della Constituzione1:51 PM - Checking out the Grand Canal from Ponte della Constituzione

1:51 PM - Checking out the Grand Canal from Ponte della Constituzione​


1:52 PM - Though it was dull and grey when we got there - it's still a sight to see!
1:52 PM - Though it was dull and grey when we got there - it's still a sight to see!

1:52 PM - Though it was dull and grey when we got there - it's still a sight to see!


1:52 PM - So pretty....and not at all stinky like everyone says
1:52 PM - So pretty....and not at all stinky like everyone says

1:52 PM - So pretty....and not at all stinky like everyone says


2:05 PM - Taking it all in
2:05 PM - Taking it all in

2:05 PM - Taking it all in


2:06 PM - Getting used to all the boats zipping by
2:06 PM - Getting used to all the boats zipping by

2:06 PM - Getting used to all the boats zipping by


2:07 PM - San Simeone Piccolo2:07 PM - San Simeone Piccolo

2:07 PM - San Simeone Piccolo


2:08 PM - Ahhhh.....My first sighting of a Venetian Gondola!
2:08 PM - Ahhhh.....My first sighting of a Venetian Gondola!

2:08 PM - Ahhhh.....My first sighting of a Venetian Gondola!


2:11 PM - As we're getting to the hotel, the sun peeps out and bathes everything in this golden light2:11 PM - As we're getting to the hotel, the sun peeps out and bathes everything in this golden light

2:11 PM - As we're getting to the hotel, the sun peeps out and bathes everything in this golden light


2:54 PM - Back out to try to see everything2:54 PM - Back out to try to see everything

2:54 PM - After dropping off our stuff, we're right back out to try to see everything


2:54 PM - Looking at Ponte degli Scalzi from the Ferrovia (Bar Roma) vaporetto stop2:54 PM - Looking at Ponte degli Scalzi from the Ferrovia (Bar Roma) vaporetto stop

2:54 PM Looking at Ponte degli Scalzi from the Ferrovia (Bar Roma) vaporetto stop


2:58 PM - Saw many a gondolier, however no singing to be heard2:58 PM - Saw many a gondolier, however no singing to be heard

2:58 PM - Saw many a gondolier, however no singing to be heard



 

MURANO
From the Ferrovia Roma vaporetto stop, it's approximately 20 minutes to get to Murano on the 4.1 (if you take the 12 from Fondamente Nove, it's about 10 minutes). Arriving in Murano, we've got no interest in going to the glass factory - we want to walk and explore.....and eat....and drink. I think we lasted walking for about 20 minutes before our grumbling bellies took over and we plopped down at the first place we saw - B Restaurant Alla Vecchia Pescheria. 20 EUR each got us water, bread, 1/2 litre of wine and a sizeable portion of amazingly fresh and rich pasta.

Sitting in silence, sipping some wine I say "I am soooo glad we did this." Hard to believe that yesterday at this time we were both in the same meeting at the office going out of our minds. Just for this moment of being in the moment, was totally worth the 8 hour flight over the Atlantic.


 

3:14 PM - On the 4.1 vaporetto to Murano3:14 PM - On the 4.1 vaporetto to Murano

3:14 PM - On the 4.1 vaporetto to Murano


3:18 PM - View of Isola di San Michele on our way to Murano3:18 PM - View of Isola di San Michele on our way to Murano

3:18 PM - View of Isola di San Michele on our way to Murano


3:22 PM - Arriving in Murano3:22 PM - Arriving in Murano

3:22 PM - Arriving in Murano


3:23 PM - Beautiful tile work 3:23 PM - Beautiful tile work

3:23 PM - Beautiful tile work 


3:24 PM - Checking the houses in Murano3:24 PM - Checking the houses in Murano

3:24 PM - Checking out  the houses in Murano


3:24 PM - Fitting to have Murano glass flowers on the island of Murano!3:24 PM - Fitting to have Murano glass flowers on the island of Murano!

3:24 PM - Of course, they would have to have Murano Glass flowers instead of real ones here!


3:25 PM - Views of Fondamenta dei Vetrai (left) and Fondamenta Manin (right)3:25 PM - Views of Fondamenta dei Vetrai (left) and Fondamenta Manin (right)

3:25 PM - View of Fondamenta dei Vetrai (left) and Fondamenta Manin (right)


3:26 PM - The colours take your breath away3:26 PM - The colours take your breath away

3:26 PM - The colours take your breath away


3:27 PM - Can't stop snapping shots of all the prettiness3:27 PM - Can't stop snapping shots of all the prettiness

3:27 PM - Can't stop snapping shots of all the prettiness


3:28 PM - Still snapping away at beautiful Murano, even though I am dying to eat something3:28 PM - Still snapping away at beautiful Murano, even though I am dying to eat something

3:28 PM - Still snapping away at beautiful Murano, even though I am dying to eat something


3:30 PM - Looking a bit raggedy but gorgeous at the same time3:30 PM - Looking a bit raggedy but gorgeous at the same time

3:30 PM - Looking a bit raggedy but gorgeous at the same time


3:44 PM - Found a terrace to wine and dine at  - B Restaurant - Alla Vecchia Pescheria3:44 PM - Found a terrace to wine and dine at - B Restaurant - Alla Vecchia Pescheria

3:44 PM - Found a terrace to wine and dine at  - B Restaurant - Alla Vecchia Pescheria


3:54 PM - Mmmmmm....pasta!3:54 PM - Mmmmmm....pasta!

3:54 PM - Mmmmmm....PASTA!!


4:35 PM - Digesting all that pasta and wine4:35 PM - Digesting all that pasta and wine

4:35 PM - Digesting all that pasta and wine


4:36 PM - Walking around Murano a bit4:36 PM - Walking around Murano a bit

4:36 PM - Walking around Murano a bit


4:36 PM - Checking out if there's any souvenirs worth buying4:36 PM - Checking out if there's any souvenirs worth buying

4:36 PM - Checking out if there's any souvenirs worth buying


4:36 PM - Cute, but at the prices they were asking....nope!4:36 PM - Cute, but at the prices they were asking....nope!

4:36 PM - Cute, but at the prices they were asking....nope!


4:39 PM - Would have been cool to buy Murano glass in Murano....4:39 PM - Would have been cool to buy Murano glass in Murano....

4:39 PM - Would have been cool to buy Murano glass in Murano....


4:39 PM - ....but you're better off buying Murano glass anywhere but here4:39 PM - ....but you're better off buying Murano glass anywhere but here

4:39 PM - ....but you're better off buying Murano glass anywhere but here


4:48 PM - Goofing around a bit, waiting for the next vaporetto back to Venice4:48 PM - Goofing around a bit, waiting for the next vaporetto back to Venice

4:48 PM - Goofing around a bit, waiting for the next vaporetto back to Venice


4:50 PM - Heading back to Murano Faro (Lighthouse) for the vaporetto back to Venice4:50 PM - Heading back to Murano Faro (Lighthouse) for the vaporetto back to Venice

4:50 PM - Heading back to Murano Faro (Lighthouse) for the vaporetto back to Venice


5:05 PM - Enjoying the action in the Venetian Lagoon on the way to Piazza San Marco5:05 PM - Enjoying the action in the Venetian Lagoon on the way to Piazza San Marco

5:05 PM - Enjoying the action in the Venetian Lagoon on the way to Piazza San Marco


5:19 PM - Still on the vaporetto, watching a cruise ship leave the port5:19 PM - Still on the vaporetto, watching a cruise ship leave the port

5:19 PM - Still on the vaporetto, watching a cruise ship leave the port



 

VENEZIA
Back in Venice, we get off at the San Marco stop and check out the Bridge of Sighs, Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) and Piazza San Marco.....along with the throngs of other tourists roaming around the area. Just behind the square, we find a hidden park - Giardinetti Reali - away from all the hustle and bustle, with not that many peeps just sitting and chilling. A bench each to ourselves, we lay back and rest the eyes for 10 minutes.

Feeling slightly rested, up we go in search of the famous Ponte dell'Academia, then wander through the streets a bit to find a spot to watch the sunset. We end up somewhere around Santa Maria del Rosario and sit by the water looking out over to Guidecca to watch the sun go down.

Legs failing....and eyes at this point, we hop on a vaporetto back to the area around our hotel....grab some pizza for dinner, snap a few night shots of the Grand Canal, then decide to turn in for the night in order to wake up at the ungodly hour 3:30 AM to see Venice without a soul a sight.....Check out the next 12 hours...

 

5:23 PM - Coming up to our stop at Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)5:23 PM - Coming up to our stop at Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)

5:23 PM - Coming up to our stop at Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)


5:24 PM - The vaporetto has to navigate through traffic first!5:24 PM - The vaporetto has to navigate through traffic first!

5:24 PM - The vaporetto has to navigate through traffic first!


5:25 PM - Come gondolas....outta the way!5:25 PM - Come gondolas....outta the way!

5:25 PM - Come on gondolas....outta the way!


5:28 PM - View of the Bridge of Sighs from Riva degli Schiavoni5:28 PM - View of the Bridge of Sighs from Riva degli Schiavoni

5:28 PM - View of the Bridge of Sighs from Riva degli Schiavoni


5:30 PM - Walking along side Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)5:30 PM - Walking along side Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)

5:30 PM - Walking along side Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)


5:33 PM - Impressive Piazza San Marco5:33 PM - Impressive Piazza San Marco

5:33 PM - Impressive Piazza San Marco


5:34 PM - Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)5:34 PM - Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)

5:34 PM - Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)


5:38 PM - Looking at the Rio dei Giardinetti from the tiny and peaceful Giardinetti Reali (Royal Palace Gardens)5:38 PM - Looking at the Rio dei Giardinetti from the tiny and peaceful Giardinetti Reali (Royal Palace Gardens)

5:38 PM - Looking at the Rio dei Giardinetti from the tiny and peaceful Giardinetti Reali (Royal Palace Gardens)


5:38 PM - Gondola parking on Rio dei Giardinetti5:38 PM - Gondola parking on Rio dei Giardinetti

5:38 PM - Gondola parking on Rio dei Giardinetti


A moment in the gardens

6:02 PM - Stealing a moment in the gardens


6:11 PM - Some peeps somewhere in Venice enjoying a gondola ride6:11 PM - Some peeps somewhere in Venice enjoying a gondola ride

6:11 PM - Some peeps somewhere in Venice enjoying a gondola ride


6:17 PM - Gondola traffic jam somewhere in Venice6:17 PM - Gondola traffic jam somewhere in Venice

6:17 PM - Gondola traffic jam somewhere in Venice


6:28 PM - Looking at the Grand Canal from Ponte dell'Academia6:28 PM - Looking at the Grand Canal from Ponte dell'Academia

6:28 PM - Looking at the Grand Canal from Ponte dell'Academia


6:28 PM - Looking the other way on the Grand Canal from Ponte dell'Academia6:28 PM - Looking the other way on the Grand Canal from Ponte dell'Academia

6:28 PM - Looking the other way on the Grand Canal from Ponte dell'Academia


6:40 PM - I guess this guys got a hat for every occasion6:40 PM - I guess this guys got a hat for every occasion

6:40 PM - I guess this guys got a hat for every occasion


6:41 PM - Sun is starting to set...need to find a spot to take it all in6:41 PM - Sun is starting to set...need to find a spot to take it all in

6:41 PM - Sun is starting to set...need to find a spot to take it all in


6:53 PM- This looks like a good spot!

6:53 PM - This looks like a good spot!


6:56 PM - We're not the only ones enjoying the view6:56 PM - We're not the only ones enjoying the view

6:56 PM - We're not the only ones enjoying the view


7:05 PM - Golden hour....truly is magnificent here!7:05 PM - Golden hour....truly is magnificent here!

7:05 PM - Golden hour....truly is magnificent here!


7:10 PM - I mean....look at that view!7:10 PM - I mean....look at that view!

7:10 PM - I mean....look at that view!


8:09 PM - The view as we're eating our pizza on the steps of the Santa Lucia train station8:09 PM - The view as we're eating our pizza on the steps of the Santa Lucia train station

8:09 PM - The view as we're eating our pizza on the steps of the Santa Lucia train station


8:17 PM - Grand Canal at night...8:17 PM - Grand Canal at night...

8:17 PM - Grand Canal at night...


8:21 PM - Grand Canal from Ponte degli Scalzi8:21 PM - Grand Canal from Ponte degli Scalzi

8:21 PM - Grand Canal from Ponte degli Scalzi


8:26 PM - Venice - you've tired me out! Time for a rest before continuing!8:26 PM - Venice - you've tired me out! Time for a rest before continuing!

8:26 PM - Venice - you've tired me out! Time for a rest before continuing!


 

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