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Three Nights in the Incredible City of Venice

Updated on April 27, 2020
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Tiarna loves to travel and explore new places all over the world. She writes about her travels on her website.

The Grand Canal
The Grand Canal

The Magical 'City of Canals'

Venice, the floating city in Italy is unlike anywhere else I have ever been! The city is so tranquil and absolutely magical. There are beautiful views around every corner and so many wonderful places to see! We travelled through Venice using the vaporetto, which was a very easy way to get around the city! I stayed at the Casa Caburiotto which is actually a converted convent. It was simple accomodation, but we had everything we needed, the staff were lovely and we had beautiful views of the canal from our room. It was in a quiet area called Santa Croce, and I loved sitting on the canal every morning and watching the people passing by while reading my book and admiring the view. I also really enjoyed my time in Venice because I am a bit of a Shakespeare fan, and I loved seeing the places where The Merchant of Venice film was set!

The view of the canal from the hotel I stayed at
The view of the canal from the hotel I stayed at
Admiring the view
Admiring the view

Venice has a very slow and relaxing pace. I really enjoyed just exploring the city and taking in the views. One of my favourite views was of The Grand Canal. It was a magical spot! You could see palaces, and lots of incredible architecture. There were so many beautiful colours, and it was exquisite. You also must go to the Rialto bridge, which is one of the most famous places in Venice! There are beautiful views of the canal, and also lots of gorgeous shops and cafe's in the area. While in Venice, you must visit a mask shop! There are shops full of exquisite, handmade Venetian masks that are iconic to the floating city. These masks used to be worn by people during the Carnival of Masks and to conceal people's identity when they didn't want to be seen. How cool!

A view from the Rialto Bridge
A view from the Rialto Bridge

A trip to Venice isn't complete with a visit to St. Mark's Square which is home to the stunning St. Marks Basilica. The area is absolutely gorgeous. When I was there, there was a string quartet playing beautiful classical music, which added to the beauty of the square. There are many shops and cafes in the area. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to go inside the Basilica, but admiring it from the outside was still wonderful.

I went up to the top of the St Mark's Campanile bell tower in the square, which thankfully has an elevator! The views from the tower were splendid. You could basically see the entirety of Venice! There were beautiful 360 degree views of the city, and it was a great spot to view the Basilica from. I loved being able to see the cruise ships floating in the ocean surrounding the city. It was magical!!

One of the many views from the top of the bell tower!
One of the many views from the top of the bell tower!

A gorgeous day trip you can do in Venice is to the Island of Murano. Murano is renowned for its centuries of glass-making. That probably doesn't sound very exciting, but you wouldn't believe how incredible the glass is. The glass is rich with colours, and you can visit many shops with stunning items made of Murano glass. There were incredible statues, lamps and jewellery, that were made with incredible artistry. You can visit the workshops while you are there, which is wonderful as you can see the process of how the glass is made. I bought so many beautiful things there, which I treasure. The town is extremely colourful and my friend I enjoyed strolling through the town. We ate delicious gelato and also visited an amazing Italian bakery! It was such a serene place to go, and I highly recommend spending a few hours exploring the island.

Beautiful Murano
Beautiful Murano
A stunning canal!
A stunning canal!

We also visited The Jewish Ghetto/Quarters which used to be home to the entire Jewish population in Venice. It was amazing to learn about the history associated with the area. We actually visited on a Jewish Holy day, which was so lovely. I loved seeing the people that live there all dressed up, and I even saw a Jewish Priest playing a shofar, which was a very special experience for me.

You can also take Gondola rides through the canals, which unfortunately I didn't do. But next time it will be a must! Honestly though, I was extremely happy to just enjoy the sights while walking around the city.

After a hectic but incredible few days in Rome, My time in Venice was a very welcome change of pace! Lately I have seen many articles claiming that Venice is overrated, however, I never got bored. Although there were so many tourists, I couldn't get upset about it as who wouldn't want to spend time at such a beautiful destination!? I loved simply enjoying the views, and exploring such an amazing place. Venice has an extremely special spot in my heart! I long to go back one day. It is such a unique city, with an ambience unlike anywhere else I have ever been. This is definitely a place everyone needs to travel to at some point in their lifetime!

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    • Tiarna Georghiou profile imageAUTHOR

      Tiarna Georghiou 

      4 weeks ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Thank you very much Thelma! Venice is an amazing place!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      4 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

      What a wonderful travel hub. I have not been to Venice, yet. I hope one day I can, even if it is only for a weekend. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

    • Tiarna Georghiou profile imageAUTHOR

      Tiarna Georghiou 

      4 weeks ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Thank you very much Linda. It is definitely an amazing place to explore.

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      Tiarna Georghiou 

      4 weeks ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Thank you Liz! I'm so sorry to have taken so long to reply to all of your comments. I have only just figured out how to reply! I was there in September, it was very busy but not as crowded as I have seen in other peoples photos!

    • Tiarna Georghiou profile imageAUTHOR

      Tiarna Georghiou 

      4 weeks ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Haha yes! The masks in Venice are absolutely stunning. Masquerade like! It would be quite funny if everyone wore them during this time :)

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      Tiarna Georghiou 

      4 weeks ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Thank you very much Lorna! Wow, it would have been an amazing experience to live in Tuscany! What a dream!

    • Tiarna Georghiou profile imageAUTHOR

      Tiarna Georghiou 

      4 weeks ago from Brisbane, Australia

      Thank you very much Naomi! It is an incredible place.

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      Naomil 

      4 weeks ago

      Enjoyable article! I visited Venice many years ago and loved it . Your article has reminded me of this beautiful city. Hopefully I will get to visit again one day

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I would love to visit Venice. Thank you for sharing the photos and the information. The city sounds and looks very interesting. I think it would be a wonderful place to explore.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      It sounds like you had a great time and the photos are very good. What time of the year were you in Venice? I was last there a long time ago, but I have heard that it has become very crowded, especially when cruise ships dock nearby. Your photos make it look quieter than I expected.

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      quicksand 

      5 weeks ago

      You've stated something about a mask shop, right?

      That was interesting too. I am crazy over masks ... more this year than during the previous year!

      Cheers!

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 weeks ago

      I enjoyed reading this informative and well structured article Tiarna which brought back fond memories of Venice and Italy in general. Having lived in Tuscany I can certainly recommend a visit to this beautiful part of the world. Great article which was a delight to read.

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