Tips for visiting Venice

The last two weeks on my blog have been really quiet and even though I planned a few articles while I was away in Europe, I thought that right after I get home I would get back on the blogging track, but the week of silence has proven that it didn’t exactly happen as I planned. Firstly, I caught a nasty cold right at the end of the trip and only recently I finally feel like myself again. And, secondly, as I still had one week left of vacation I decided to spend it with my family in our summer house which led me to decide to take a little break from both – blogging and social media. So, even though, I was half sick, I still managed to have a really great time with my closest ones and relax! 😊
Today I wanted to start a two week article series in which I will share with you pictures and impressions from my amazing nine day trip around the beautiful Italy! A short intro about the trip:

  • We decided to go everywhere by our car, so it was a pretty long road trip across countries like Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. Altogether we stayed at 8 different hotels or apartments. So basically we spent almost every evening in a different location.
  • The first destination was Vienna and we drove around 18h non stop from Riga. The road works in Poland will for sure still haunt us in our nightmares as we lost around 2 hours in them.
  • Afterward we went to Venice – Verona – countryside house in Tuscany – Pisa – Sestri Levante – Genoa – Swiss Alps – Europa park theme park – Frankfurt am Main – Berlin

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Pēdējās divas nedēļas blogā ir bijušas klusas, klusas un kaut arī biju ieplānojusi pāris bloga ierakstus laikā, kad esmu ceļojumā Eiropā, man likās, ka pēc atgriešanās mājās, atlikušajā atvaļinājuma nedēļā ieiešu atpakaļ ierastajās blogošanas sliedēs, bet klusums blogā jau vairāk kā nedēļu pierāda pretējo. Pirmkārt, paša ceļojuma beigās, diemžēl apaukstējos un labā pašsajūta atgriezusies ir vien tikai nesen un, otrkārt, izlēmu paņemt nelielu pauzi gan no bloga, gan arī no soc. tīkliem, lai pa īstam atpūstos vasaras mājā Saulkrastos. Rezultātā kaut arī biju pa pusei slima, mērķi man izdevās sasniegt un es jūtos atpūtusies! 😊

Šodien aizsāku divu nedēļu bloga ierakstu sēriju, kurā dalīšos ar bildēm un iespaidiem no patiešām fantastiska deviņu dienu ceļojuma pa skaisto Itāliju! Īsumā ieskicēšu pašu ceļojumu:
  • Devāmies ceļojumā ar mašīnu un kopā rezervējām 8 viesnīcas/dzīvokļus (praktiski katru vakaru pavadījām citā gala mērķī). Ceļojuma laikā šķērsojām tādas valstis kā Lietuva, Polija, Čehija, Austrija, Itālija, Šveice un Vācija.
  • Pirmais gala mērķis bija Vīne un ceļā līdz tai pavadījām ~18h (Polijā ir ļooooti daudzi ceļu remontdarbi ar kuriem nebijām rēķinājušies un tur pazaudējām aptuveni 2h)
  • Pēc tam sekoja Venēcija – Verona – lauku māja Toskānā – Piza – Sestri Levante – Dženova – Šveices alpi – Europa park atrakciju parks – Frankfurte pie Mainas – Berlīne
Tips for visiting Venice
Tips for visiting Venice
Tips for visiting Venice
Best gelato place in Venice
Best pizza place in Venice
What to do in Venice
What to do in Venice

In the first article from my trip I wanted to share with you Venice through my eyes and mention 10 tips that you might find useful if you are planning on visiting this beautiful and romantic Italian city in the future.

1. Visit at least one of the close by islands, for example, Burano
I so wish we would have had at least half a day which we could spend in the island of Burano as I’ve heard so, so many great reviews and seen so many gorgeous pictures from the island. If buildings in Venice are in more or less in grounded colours (browns, beiges for the most part), then you’ll be amazed to see the colourful houses in Burano.

2. Don’t buy souvenirs at the main tourist attractions as the price differs up to fives times from souvenirs shops anywhere further from the centre/main tourist sights.

3. If you are planning on staying in Venice for a night or more and you are not particularly keen on spending a fortune for all meals in cafes, restaurants, think of buying food outside Venice (for example, on the mainland). We really struggled to find a grocery store in Venice and the one we found was half sold out and there were lines all to the back wall of the store. So even getting a bottle of water was a real challenge.

4. If you are planning on staying in Venice (the island), then I suggest you start looking for a flat or hotel very early, especially if you are vacationing in summer. My suggestion would be to look for a place to stay at least three months before your arrival. Also another suggestion would be to choose a place that is further from the main tourist sights as that way you’ll be able enjoy the real beauty of Venice and not get frustrated in overcrowded streets, cafes and restaurants. You even will be able to take beautiful pictures in the streets and bridges without being interrupted. And I cannot even express how lovely are evening walks in the almost empty streets of Venice + don’t forget to have a nice picnic or a glass (or a bottle for that matter 😊) of wine on the little piers, bridges or stairs.

5. Maybe a cheaper alternative, but not as romantic is to stay on the mainland, the small, close by islands or peninsula of Cavallino and travel to Venice either by bus, train or boat. Remember that you cannot drive around with a car in the island of Venice as there are roads only at the beginning of the island – to the port and parking lot, which is quite expensive – around 30 EUR for one day.

6. Do buy gelato! There are plenty of gelato places to choose from, but I can suggest Stickhouse and Gelatoteca Suso.

7. A great budget alternative for a tasty meal in Venice is to have a takeaway pizza. There are pizzerias around almost every corner and they for sure a way cheaper alternative to the expensive restaurants!

8. Let Venice lure you into the small narrow streets and enjoy getting lost in them. Really, the true beauty of Venice can be found in those small streets or even bridges that lead to nowhere. We managed to see how local gondoliers dry their clothes (just like in the movies – from one window to the other 😊) or see how locals are coming home from work by their boats (I for sure sure saw some really interesting/animated moments! 😊)

9. Don’t forget about GPS/navigation. If you are not particularly keen on getting lost or wandering Venice like I mentioned in my previous tip, don’t forget about technology! Google Maps for sure saved us some time as we managed to get from point A to point B with getting lost only a couple of times instead of dozen 😊

10. If you are a romantic and want to take a ride in the charming Venetian gondola I suggest to do it in the day as the price for 30 min ride is 80 euros, whereas after 6 p.m. the cost for the same ride is from 100 euros and above. We decided not to splurge on a gondola ride since I kind of don’t think it is really worth that much money as it for sure doesn’t look half as romantic as it does in the movies 😊

What to do in Venice
What to do in Venice
What to do in Venice
What to do in Venice
Visiting Venice for the first time
Visiting Venice for the first time
Visiting Venice for the first time

Pirmajā ierakstā no šī ceļojuma vēlējos parādīt Venēciju caur manām acīm, kā arī pieminēt dažādus 10 ieteikumus, kuri iespējams Tev būs noderīgi, ja nākotnē plāno apmeklēt šo valdzinošo Itālijas pilsētu.

1. Apmeklē kādu no mazajām Venēcijas saliņām, piemēram, Burano
Es vēlos kaut mums būtu bijusi vēl pus diena, kuru veltīt netālu esošajā Burano saliņā, jo esmu redzējusi tik daudz fantastisku bilžu un iespaidu no šīs salas! Ja arhitektūra Venēcija ir ieturēta +/- piezemētos, brūnganos toņos, tad šajā salā redzēsi visas iespējamās varavīksnes krāsas.

2. Nepērc suvenīrus pie pašiem galvenajiem tūristu apskates objektiem
, jo cenas par vienu un to pašu lietu atšķirsies līdz pat piecām reizēm!

3. Ja Venēcijā nakšņo vienu vai vairākas naktis un nav plānots visas ēdienreizes ieturēt ārpus viesnīcas/dzīvokļa, iepriekš apdomā pārtikas iegādi ārpus Venēcijas, jo pašā Venēcijā pārtikas veikalu ir ļoti maz. Mēs ar pūlēm atradām vienu mazu veikaliņu, kas bija pa pusei izpirkts (knapi dabūjām pudeli ūdens) un rindas pie kasēm bija līdz veikala otram galam.

4. Ja plāno nakšņot pašā Venēcijas salā tad iesaku skatīties viesnīcu dzīvokli ļoti laicīgi vismaz 3 mēnešus pirms palikšanas (vasaras mēnešos), kā arī iesaku izvēlēties naktsvietu tālāk no Venēcijas centra, jo tādā veidā izdosies izbaudīt īsto Venēcijas burvību – nepārdrūzmētas, lētākas kafejnīcas un restorānus; tukšākas ieliņas un tiltus – varēsi uztaisīt skaistas bildes, kurās būsi tikai viens pats, bez ierastajām tūristu masām 😊 un izbaudīt jaukas, vakara pastaigas pa mierīgo Venēciju un, piemēram, ieturēt mazu pikniku pie kādas no laivu piestātnītēm vai tiltiņiem.

5. Iespējams lētāks risinājums būtu palikt Venēcijā Itālijas daļā (mainland), kādā no mazajām Venēcijai tuvumā esošajām salām, vai arī pussalā Cavallini un uz pašu Venēcijas sirdi doties ar autobusu, vilcienu vai kuģīti, jo Venēcijā ar mašīnu iebraukt var ļoti minimāli un stāvvietas maksa, ja nemaldos bija tuvu pie 30 EUR par diennakti.

6. Noteikti nopērc saldējumu – gelato vietas bija gandrīz uz katra stūra, bet ieteikt varu Stickhouse un Gelatoteca Suso.

7. Lielisks budžeta risinājums vakariņām (maltīte Venēcijas restorānā būs diezgan sālīta, pat tādos, kas atrodas tālāk no Venēcijas centra) ir takeaway picas, jo picērijas arī ir gandrīz uz katra stūra.

8. Ļaujies Venēcijas šauro ielu burvībai un nebaidies arī apmaldīties. Piemēram, šādā veidā iemaldījāmies kādā ieliņā, kurā redzēju kā gondolieri žāvē savu veļu (tieši kā rāda filmās – no viena loga līdz otram 😊), vai arī kā vietējie iedzīvotāji vakaros brauc mājās ar savām laivām (dažbrīd redzami bija visai kolorīti skati).

9. Neaizmirsti par GPS/navigāciju. Venēcijā ir ļoti, ļoti daudz mazu ieliņu, bet, ja Tev tomēr negribas apmaldīties tajās (kā rakstīju iepriekšējā punktā), tad noteikti iesaku izmantot kādu no navigācijas ierīcēm/aplikācijām. Par cik EEZ valstīs interneta lietošanas nosacījumiem tagad ir daudz reiz draudzīgāks tarifs, tad Google Maps noteikti ļoti nāca talkā.

10. Ja nu Tev gribas izbraukt ar gondolu, tad iesaku to darīt dienas pirmajā pusē, jo tad to ir iespējams izdarīt lētāk. Cik ievēroju tad vakaros 30 minūšu brauciens izmaksā 100 EUR, savukārt pa dienu līdz plkst. sešiem tie bija 80 EUR. Mani personīgi šāds izbrauciens īsti nevilināja, jo, no romantikas un Venēcijas šarma tur ir diezgan tālu, un, manuprāt, šī summa nav īsti adekvāta piedāvājumam.

Visiting Venice for the first time
Visiting Venice for the first time
Visiting Venice for the first time
10 tips for visiting Venice
10 tips for visiting Venice
10 tips for visiting Venice
10 tips for visiting Venice
10 tips for visiting Venice
10 tips for visiting Venice
10 tips for visiting Venice
Hat – H&M
Dress – H&M 
Espadrilles – Zara
Bag – c/o Zaful
Necklace – Lovelywholesale
Watch – Daniel Wellington
Bracelet – Sensonel
~With love~
Maddie

13 Comments

    • August 9, 2017 / 19:37

      Thank you so much Cassie! I am so glad to read that you found these tips useful! 🙂

  1. August 9, 2017 / 01:15

    Great tips, Venice is indeed a very romantic destination. I would love to ride the gondola everyday of my visit!

    Madame X
    The Flower Duet

    • August 9, 2017 / 19:37

      If I could I would go to Venice every year – so beautiful! <3

  2. August 9, 2017 / 19:28

    Your trip sound amazing, lots of organization! Love your pictures and your advice should definitley come in handy as I am moving to North Italy soon!
    Freya’s Chapter

    • August 9, 2017 / 19:40

      Indeed preparing for the trip definitely was a bit challenging as I was very ambitious and wanted to see as much as possible in the limited time we had.
      I am glad the advice will be useful to you! If you have any further questions do not hesitate to ask! 🙂

  3. August 9, 2017 / 20:22

    Venice is such a beautiful city! All of your tips are excellent – especially the bit about gelato! Gelato in Venice is life-changing!
    I adore your outfit! That dress is so pretty!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

    • August 13, 2017 / 18:24

      Thank you so much Deborah! I am so glad you liked the tips that I shared! And I couldn't agree more regarding the gelato – it is wayyy too good there <3

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