One day in Venice, Italy

One day in Venice - Italy. Read what you can do in 24 hours in this city - LifeBeyondBorders
One day in Venice - Italy. Read what you can do in 24 hours in this city - LifeBeyondBorders

Back in 2011, I had arrived refreshed (sort of) and alert in Venice after a delightful adventure on board the Paris – Venice train.  I was travelling solo from London to Athens via Venice, Italy and had decided to spend the night in Venice.

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I used Rail Europe, more can be seen here about the types of passes they offer:

Eurail passes

Let’s have a look at how to spend one day in Venice, the things you can do in this famous Italian city.

How to spend just one day in Venice, Italy - LifeBeyondBorders
How to spend just one day in Venice, Italy – LifeBeyondBorders  Photo via WanderlustingK

One day in Venice: Water taxis – share a private one, or queue a long time for the public ones

I exited the station into bright sunlight and followed everyone else to what looked like a queue for a taxi.  Remember, I was in Venice hence ‘taxi’ is a small boat shared with many people.  Before I did this though, I saw a sign for “private taxi” and wandered over to take a look.

€60 to St Marc’s Square

the informed me, apologetically shrugging and also pointing to the long queue.  “You’re best off going there.” I thought this was rather nice of him, given that he’d passed up a fare.
I went back to the public taxi queue.  5 mins later & it hadn’t moved.

If you’re looking for ideas of what to pack and wear when in Venice, take a look at my Greek island all round packing guide.  Yes, it’s for the Greek islands, but many items recommended cross over to a Venetian break.

I turned to an Australian couple behind me and ask if they’d like to share a private taxi to St. Marc’s Square and they readily agreed.
We boarded the private taxi—which is more like a mini speedboat.

Speeding along, we passed many beautiful sights and I was in awe of the many bridges and, quite frankly, the magic of the place. I know Venice, at the time of updating this post, is under a lot of scrutiny for being too touristy, but I understood why it’s such a popular destination when I was there.

Beautiful Venice Bridges - One Day in Venice, Italy - LifeBeyondBorders
Beautiful Venice Bridges – One Day in Venice, Italy – LifeBeyondBorders

Things to do in Venice – Just wander the streets

I was left simply breathless by the place: small side streets that lead you over bridges and canals.  It is possible to hide from the crowds and find your own little ‘backwater’.

How to spend one day in Venice, Italy - Wander the back streets and see views like this - LifeBeyondBorders
How to spend one day in Venice, Italy – Wander the back streets and see views like this – LifeBeyondBorders

One day in Venice: A gondala ride

Enquiries into a gondola ride revealed that it costs 80 euros per person, even if sharing a gondola with five or six others.  I did my best to stifle a laugh in the face of the gondola man and made my way over to another place: 30 euros for a ride on a small motor boat up the Grand Canal and back.  This was a much more agreeable price and I happily parted with my money.

One Day in Venice, Italy - Gondala rides are ridiculously expensive - LifeBeyondBorders
One Day in Venice, Italy – Gondala rides are ridiculously expensive – LifeBeyondBorders

I had an hour to kill before the trip, so I relaxed in the park—stretching out on a bench, happily dozing whilst listening to the chattering of many different languages around me.

The trip meandered around the canals—only fitting seven passengers, we were able to stand up and for an hour we were shown the Rialto Bridge and all along the Grand Canal as well as Byron’s house.

One day in Venice, Italy - a motor boat ride along the Grand Canal and see the Rialto Bridge - LifeBeyondBorders
One day in Venice, Italy – a motor boat ride along the Grand Canal and see the Rialto Bridge – LifeBeyondBorders

One Day in Venice – Overall impressions

My jaunt to Venice was thoroughly enjoyable and I loved it.  Even though I had a day and night there, less than 24 hours in fact, I fell in love with the city; it offered beauty, peace (yes, when you could find a spot away from the tourists) and tranquility.

One day in Venice, Italy - Venice is so pretty - LifeBeyondBorders
One day in Venice, Italy – Venice is so pretty – LifeBeyondBorders

I would love to come back off season,  or book in advance, maybe for Carnival in February?  I visited a small shop which sold masks and carnival dresses.  The lady informed me they make the dresses for carnival and they hire from 300 – 1,000 Euros.
One thing is for sure; Venice is not a cheap place! Or I’d take a Foodie Tours: 2.5-hour Cicchetti of Venice Small Group Tour – I love foodie tours and would love the chance to ‘taste’ Venice. Check out hotel prices: 
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One day in Venice, Italy - recommended things to do - LifeBeyondBorders
One day in Venice, Italy – recommended things to do – LifeBeyondBorders Image via Wanderlusting K

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This post was originally written in August 2011. It has been revised and updated in March 2018

16 COMMENTS

  1. The overall expense of Venice can be a difficult pill to swallow, however, and going in the off-season does mean you’ll be faced with lower prices on hotel rooms and such

  2. Venice can really be expensive, but it is one of its kind and such an inspiring town. I can never grow tired of Venice. We live less than 2 hours drive from Venice and visit it quite often. I love to get lots in the back streets (with less tourists) and to enjoy some cicchetti with a glass of wine. Where did you go from Venice – to Patras? How long does it take by boat?
    frankaboutcroatia recently posted…What to do in Croatia in springMy Profile

    • Hey Frank – I’ll be posting my next ‘installment’ soon, the Venice to Patras bit. Keep an eye out for it. Lucky you, living so near to this gorgeous city

  3. Oh gosh. I had heard Venice was expensive, but holy smokes 80 euros for a gondola ride?! Even 30 euros for a speedboat I can’t wrap my head around. I wonder what it is like in the off season. Regardless, this city is so beautiful and would love to visit one day. Guess I’ll have to prepare for the shocking prices. Thanks for linking up to #SundayTraveler.
    Adelina | PackMeTo recently posted…Pretending to Be Royalty at Schonbrunn Palace in ViennaMy Profile

    • Yes, that’s why I was glad I wasn’t eating a gelato – I would’ve chocked on it when he told me the price!

  4. Nice blog there Bex, its nice to see what other people find interesting in your country, and not only!
    Really like your topics and the layout as well!
    Will be visiting !!
    Maria

    • Many thanks Maria – and I shall be taking a look at I Blog Athens too, get to practice my Greek!

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