24 Hours in… Venice

24 Hours in… Venice

Ah Italy, the home of the Colosseum, cappuccinos and of course – pasta, how could you not want to visit? and luckily for us our well-travelled buyer Sarah has given us the lowdown on all things Venice, so if you’re planning a day trip to Venice anytime soon, don’t go anywhere – from restaurants to activities, we’ve got your next 24 hours covered.

OUR TIPS:
Seeing Venice in the fog is truly remarkable and a stunning atmosphere, so if you can; try to go during the off-season for a good chance to see the fog at night and avoiding the hundreds of tourists!

TO EAT

If you’re near the Rialto, All’Arco is the perfect lunchtime spot for the Italian tapas, Cichetti is a favourite meeting place for Venetians. Or if you fancy some traditional pizza and seafood, Al Chianti in San Marco is the place to be; from creamy homemade pizzas to freshly caught seafood, Al Chianti truly captures the heart of Venice.

Staying in the San Marco district, Rossopomodoro, near St Mark’s Square, serves traditional Neopolitan ‘slow food’. The menu is predominantly pizza but you simply can’t go to Italy without sampling a variety of pizzas!

TO STAY 

If you want to be right in the heart of Venice, St Mark’s Square is the place to stay, and particularly the Westin Europa Hotel. The 5-star hotel is more on the pricey side but with its luxurious rooms and views of the Grand Canal, it’s certainly worth the money. Who wouldn’t want to tuck into breakfast while overlooking the world famous canal?!

TO EXPLORE

Arguably the most notable building in Venice, St Mark’s Basilica is the most famous of the city churches and stands at 251 ft. You can opt for a guided tour around the cathedral and hear the stories behind the artwork displayed.

Alternatively, if you fancy a change from the city centre, the island of Burano is just a short boat ride away. Most go to visit the colourful fishermen’s houses and explore the heaps of restaurants and shops.