There is so much you can do in Venice! My friend and I were in Venice for four days and there wasn’t enough time in the day to see it all. A suggestion to those traveling, plan ahead! We decided we would wait until we got here to decide what we wanted to do. That was a mistake. We ended up not having a printer and spent a little over an hour trying to find the place that would print our tickets for transportation and museums.
When it comes to transportation, Venice is expensive. I suggest buying a pass that allows you to have unlimited rides for the amount of time that you are going to be in Venice. This will help save money in the long run! You can buy your tickets online, but make sure to have a printer handy so you don’t have to go through the same hassle as us! You can also purchase activities to do around Venice through the same website here. If you’re a student, you can get a student discount on some of the activities that you might want to do. You can check that information on that same website.
If you were to drop me off in a random city and that city just happened to be Venice, then I would immediately know it was Venice due to all the pictures that I have seen of this city. Venice is a city full of buildings above water with boats, bridges full of tourists, and water taxis floating around it. It was amazing! My favorite part of Venice was just walking around and taking the city in. Venice is a busy city full of tourists, gondola rides, artisan stores, and cute shops. There was one day when I was trying to backtrack my way to Rose Douce, a store that sold murano glass, and while it was a little stressful at the time because I didn’t remember the name of the store, it was fun trying to navigate my way through the streets!
SOUVENIRS. You can buy souvenirs everywhere around Venice. However, when I travel, I try to find something unique and special about that place I am visiting and purchase something that will remind me of my travels.
- Rose Douce | Cannaregio 5782 – 30121 Venezia (VE) – ITALY | Rose Douce is a family run business that is near the famous Rialto Bridge that sells beautiful murano glass pieces. If you’re just window shopping, you’ll notice in the windows stunning murano glass pieces made in different ways. The owner of the store is very friendly and what I loved about this store was that it’s a family run business. Rose Douce has been in the Mason family for 6 generation and what was special about the owner was that he was very knowledgeable about where he purchases the murano glass that he sells in the store. Mr. Mason likes to find modern pieces as well as antique pieces that aren’t made anymore! When I had questions about the pieces that I bought he very helpful. I ended up buying a small bowl for my mom and then I found something that caught my eye for Ben and I that I couldn’t pass up! He explained to me how each item that I picked was made and how they designed them. It was very cool! Most of his pieces will have a number on it where you can look up the item that you purchased on the murano glass website. When you purchase a piece of murano glass, Mr. Mason will wrap it up in bubble wrap and wrapping paper to make it easy to take back home. I highly recommend Rose Douce if you’re thinking of purchasing murano glass!
I am not going to post a picture of the piece that I bought for Ben and I because I want him to be the first one to see it. However, the owner of Rose Douce showed me a piece that would be similar to mine if mine was a plate. I didn’t buy us a plate, but this plate was made between the 1960s. The item that I bought for Ben and I was made between the 1980s and mine doesn’t have a number on it because they don’t make pieces like that anymore! Mr. Mason told me that the reason that my piece doesn’t have a number on it, was because the piece that I bought for Ben and I was made before they started keeping records of what they made!
EXPERIENCE. There are so many activities that you can participate in while in Venice, so plan to spend a few days here if you want to do it all! I have listed the activities that my friend and I did while we were here.
- Row Venice | Everyone who goes to Venice wants to go on a gondola, however, it’s expensive! We decided to find a cheaper way and went to Row Venice or what I call Gondola School. It was so much fun! Not only were we able to travel on a gondola, but we learned how to be a gondolier and actually got to row! Let me tell you, it isn’t as easy as it looks! We rowed for an hour and a half and had a professional with us showing us the techniques and then helping us practice them. While one of us was rowing, the other was taking pictures! We rowed through canals and it felt like we were actually on a gondola tour!
- Murano Glass Museum | Venice is known for their murano glass and this is the museum that shows you the steps that they take to make some of their items as well as show you glass that was made from the very beginning, the Golden Ages (14th-17th centuries), the Difficult Period (18th-mid 19th century), the Revival (1850-1895), and the Glass and Design (1900-1970). Once you walk into the museum I encourage you to watch the video that shows you how they make and form their glass into what you see today. I thought it was extremely fascinating and it made me want to try to make something myself! After the video you will walk around the museum and see pieces of murano glass that were made centuries ago! You will even be able to see some of the items that they use to make the glass as well as the way they organize their material.
- Lace Museum | The Lace Museum is located in Burano and it’s a cute little town full of color! Inside the Lace Museum you will see different kinds of lace from the 16th through 20th centuries and the Burano Lace School which ran from 1872 through 1970. Just like when you walk in the Murano Glass Museum, there is a short video that takes you on a journey into the world of lace by showing the techniques that they use. Then the visit continues by having rooms that show visitors videos, vintage lace, paintings, drawings, books, that go in order from the 16th-20th century as well as show you the Burano Lace School.
- St. Mark’s Square | Another name of St. Mark’s Square is Piazza San Marco. Located in St. Mark’s Square are five places that you can visit such as St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, Archaeological Museum, and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana. Each is unique and has history waiting to be learned. If you want to go into St. Mark’s Basilica it’s free of charge! However, if you want to go into the other 4 places, there is a ticket that you can purchase that will allow you to get into them for a set price. You can purchase that ticket here.
- Doge’s Palace | One of Venice’s main landmarks is Doge’s Palace. The building is made with a Venetian Gothic style that originated in the 14th century. Doge’s Palace opened as a museum in 1923, and today it is one of 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. When we went inside, we were introduced to the Golden Staircase. The ceiling as we walked up the Golden Staircase was made with gold intricate designs. Most of the rooms had a fresco on the ceiling, but the most detailed piece of art was in the Chamber of the Great Council. Fun fact, the Chamber of the Great Council is one of the largest rooms in Europe. There is a canvas located above the Doge’s throne titled Paradiso. Paradiso was painted by Jacopo Tintorette and is the world’s longest canvas painting. Inside Doge’s Palace you are also able to walk around the prison. There you will see how prisoners lived and what it looked like.
*All photos taken by Le Petit Traveler