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Venice Travel Guide: What To Do, Eat And See!

venice travel guide

*Warning, this post contains a LOT of wanderlust-worthy pictures!*

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know that I spent last week in Venice with Matt, his mum and his stepdad. I can hands down say that it was one of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever been to (in fact, it’s probably made it into my top three favourite places in the world; New York, Budapest and now Venice).

Tuesday

We woke up bright and early last Tuesday (I mean literally, it was 2am) and we headed to Manchester Airport to catch our flight. The two and a half hour flight was extremely pleasant and we landed just before lunch in Venice mainland.

Once we took the boat to Venice island, costing around €25 each for a return, we arrived at our qaint little hotel. The walk saw us wandering through picturesque streets and over countless bridges – did you know that there are around 400 bridges in Venice?!

venice travel guide

venice travel guide

We stayed in the most gorgeous little boutique hotel called Hotel Castello and the rooms were pretty sizable, albeit the bathtub was a *tiny* bit small! The hotel was located just a two minutes’ walk away from Piazza San Marco which is probably one of the most famous landmarks in Venice.

Our first stop after a quick freshen up was to head straight to St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco). The architecture in this place was just out of the world so I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

Venice Travel Guide

venice travel guide

venice travel guide

After walking around for hours we headed back to our hotel to freshen up and then we sat outside on the terrace and had a few drinks and played cards for a little while before dinner (we actually ended up doing this most nights as it was so lush up there).

For dinner, we ate at the most wonderful restaurant called Rossopomodoro where I ate THE most amazing lasagne I’ve ever had. I honestly couldn’t recommend this place enough; if you ever go to Venice then you absolutely MUST go to this place!

venice travel guide

Wednesday

On Wednesday we did an insane amount of walking and saw a whole lot of historical buildings, canals and bridges. We visited the Santa Maria della Salute, the Venetian Arsenal and we enjoyed the most beautiful walk along the seafront.

We also went to the Leonardo da Vinci museum which was so incredibly interesting, and was only €5 to get in with a student card!

venice travel guide

venice travel guide

Venice Travel Guide

Venice Travel Guide

Venice Travel Guide

Venice Travel Guide

For dinner we went to the most incredible Chinese Restaurant called Jade Garden. I had the most delicious lemon chicken and chicken fried rice I’ve ever had. I couldn’t recommend this place enough; both the food and the prosecco were genuinely some of the nicest I’ve ever had!

venice travel guide

Thursday

Thursday was a much more relaxed day, in that we didn’t do quite as much walking. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll around, visiting more beautiful churches and basilicas, and we also took an obligatory Gondola ride! It was €80 for half an hour which is pretty damn pricey but definitely worth it I think!

Venice Travel Guide

Venice Travel Guide

Venice Travel Guide

venice travel guide

The Gondola ride was probably one of my favourite things that we did in Venice, we saw the Rialto Bridge and cruised down charming canals, all the while taking in the breathtaking scenes of Venice.

We decided to have dinner on the seafront and we ate at a lovely restaurant called Ristorante Pizzeria da Alvise. Although my steak was yummy, and Matt thoroughly enjoyed his seafood platter, I have to say that the service wasn’t the best at this place. For a start, Matt’s mum’s dinner didn’t even turn up, and after we’d asked several different waiters numerous times where the meal was, we still didn’t receive it! Yep, Matt’s mum literally didn’t eat that night! Despite that, we did have a nice time sitting by the sea drinking prosecco and enjoying the view.

Venice Travel Guide

Venice Travel Guide

venice travel guide

Venice has without a doubt captured my heart and it’s definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to! Thursday’s post will be all about our adventure in Rome, so make sure you’re around to read that!

Have you ever been to Venice? Would you like to go? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.

56 Comments

  1. Matt
    11th July 2017 / 6:34 pm

    Nice post babe!

  2. 11th July 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Looks so lovely and looks like you had an amazing time!

    Sophia xo // sophiaaaxo.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th July 2017 / 11:02 pm

      It was so small hahaha! It’s such a gorgeous place though! X

  3. Jadirah Sarmad
    11th July 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Gosh, what a fab holiday destination. I’m bookmarking this guide just in case I ever get to visit Venice. 😂

    Jadirah Sarmad | Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      11th July 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Thanks lovely! It really is the most stunning place! X

  4. 12th July 2017 / 1:17 am

    I miss Venice so much. I really can’t wait to go back one day. I really loved it there and this post made me want to get on the first plane back to venice!
    http://www.annesperks.com/

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      12th July 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Haha, I totally agree! It’s one of the most beautiful places! X

  5. Kayleigh Zara
    12th July 2017 / 3:31 am

    Venice is one of my favourite places to visit! I’ve been to the Chinese restaurant that you’ve featured in this post and I loved it too! I’m going to Venice this October again and I’m so so excited x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌻✨ http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      12th July 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Ooh that’s so cool! I’m jealous you’re going again! I’d love to go back! Xx

  6. Sarah
    12th July 2017 / 7:22 am

    I would love to go there xx

  7. abbeylouisarose
    12th July 2017 / 8:30 am

    The photo of your boyfriend in the bath did make me giggle, that’s the smallest tub I’ve ever seen! Your post has definitely given me wanderlust, looks like you had some fantastic weather! The gondola ride was indeed super pricey (ouch!) but it wouldn’t be a trip to Venice without one! Thanks so much for sharing this!

    Abbey 💋 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      12th July 2017 / 12:16 pm

      Haha, it makes me giggle too! Matt’s so tall and the bath was so small haha! I’m glad you enjoyed it Abbey! It was the best time! Xx

  8. 12th July 2017 / 3:10 pm

    I have always wanted to go to Venice, it looks and sounds like you had such a great time. The bathtub is tiny… but cute. xxxxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th July 2017 / 9:53 am

      It was incredible Lucy! X

  9. Lauren
    12th July 2017 / 3:37 pm

    Aw Venice looks amazing! I definitely need to go sometime, everything is just so gorgeous. All your food sounds amazing as well, though it’s such a shame you had such bad service in the last place: crazy that they didn’t bring a meal out, I would have kicked up a storm over that!

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th July 2017 / 11:47 am

      It was so unbelievably beautiful! And don’t worry, I did kick up a storm haha! Xx

  10. 12th July 2017 / 6:23 pm

    This looks like such a fabulous holiday. Venice has always been really high on my list of places I’d love to visit and your photos really showcase how stunning it is.

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th July 2017 / 11:47 am

      It really is gorgeous, I’d definitely recommend it xx

  11. 12th July 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I love Venice, it looks like you had an amazing time, such gorgeous photos! I must admit, I did think it was going to be a picture of Matt on the toilet when I was scrolling, that bath tub is tiny!!!
    Hels xx
    http://thehelsproject.com/

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th July 2017 / 11:48 am

      Haha! The tub was so tiny! Xx

  12. 12th July 2017 / 7:48 pm

    I am practically green with envy! Venice is a dream location for me and you’ve just made me more determined to go!

    Its such a shame about Matt’s mums Dinner! Although at least you had Prosecco to ease the pain.

    x

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th July 2017 / 11:49 am

      It’s so beautiful Em! And yeah, the prosecco definitely helped 😉 xx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th July 2017 / 11:49 am

      It was the best time! And the tub is so small haha! Xx

  13. 13th July 2017 / 10:33 am

    It sounds like you had an amazing time!! I’d love to go to Venice one day! These pictures are gorgeous xx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th July 2017 / 11:49 am

      Thank you! It really was amazing! Xx

  14. Harriet
    13th July 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Wow this looks amazing! So glad you had such a lovely time!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th July 2017 / 10:06 pm

      It was incredible, thank you lovely! X

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th July 2017 / 10:06 pm

      You definitely should, it’s such a beautiful place! X

  15. 13th July 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Venice looks beautiful and it sounds like you’ve had a lot of fun!

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th July 2017 / 10:06 pm

      We really did! X

  16. Olivia Mulhearn
    13th July 2017 / 4:04 pm

    venice is top of my list of places i want to go it looks so amazing

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      13th July 2017 / 10:06 pm

      It’s so beautiful

  17. Holly
    13th July 2017 / 5:36 pm

    Venice looks so beautiful! My mum always wants to go!
    Holly xx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      16th July 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Thank you! X

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      16th July 2017 / 6:43 pm

      Thanks love, it really is so beautiful, you definitely have to go one day! X

  18. 15th July 2017 / 9:59 am

    This looks insane!!! So many pretty photos. I am hoping to travel to Italy next year and this has just inspired me more. Hope you had the most amazing holiday which it looks like you did xx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      16th July 2017 / 6:45 pm

      You definitely have to go! It’s the most beautiful place! Xx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      16th July 2017 / 6:45 pm

      Thank you so much x

  19. 16th July 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Sounds fab, but whats up with that tiny bath tub!! Hahahaah

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      17th July 2017 / 12:21 am

      I know haha!

  20. Debra-Bow
    17th July 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Oh wow, you’re pre-warning post was definitely true about there being a lot of wanderlust worthy photographs haha! It looked like a wonderful trip Chloe, and you and Matt make such a beautiful couple! Also, laughed out loud at that tiny bath haha! Is there a story behind it? xxxx

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      17th July 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you so, so much, this is such a lovely comment! ☺️ and I’m not sure about the bath haha, maybe Italians were extremely small back in the day 😜 xxx

  21. 21st July 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Ahhh it sounds like you had a great trip, I’d love to visit Venice x

    • chloedickenson
      Author
      22nd July 2017 / 5:59 am

      It was so beautiful! X

  22. 27th July 2017 / 10:24 pm

    sounds like so much fun, id love to visit!

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