The first day of our holidays started 2 weeks ago and we headed to the lovely Venice by plane from Marseille. I already visited Venice almost 20 years ago…(20 years ago…sounds very strange to write it but it is true! first time there was during a teen camp to Greece and we stopped just a day in Venice). From what i remembered, Venice in winter is not at ALL like Venice in summer. Summer Venice is crowded and it’s almost impossible to walk quietly in the streets…not talking about taking photos on the bridge trying to be alone! 😉 On the contrary, winter Venice is so quiet, foggy, cold but so romantic! I loved it. We walked in the streets, enjoyed a gondola ride (our Christmas present!), ate in lovely trattorie, slept in a very nice hotel,…had some great time!
A few tips for travellers to Venice :
– if you plan to travel with a baby, you might want to consider taking a baby-carrier with you. it is so handy and with the number of bridges and steps in the city, the strolley is not a good option to my point of view. The good thing with our baby-carrier is that you can wear baby on your belly or on your back…on the belly can be a bit heavy at a certain point!!
– if you plan on going somewhere else after your nice stay in Venice, an option is to leave your ENORMOUS suitcases (full of Christmas presents…) in a luggage storage. There is one in Santa Lucia station!
– Transfer from the Marco Polo airport to the city is easy : you take the bus just outside the airport and it drops you Piazzale Roma (a short walk from Santa Lucia train station).
– i would recommend our hotel Le Isole. I chose it after reading the comments on tripadvisor and my choice was not bad. The room was cute, the staff was extremely friendly and the hotel is located just a walk away from Piazza San Marco.
– Try the trattoria Alla Rivetta, just across the bridge from our hotel! it was packed with people so we guessed it was good 😉 The waiters (close to pension for most of them!) wear red sweaters, are funny and so kind. We had a baby chair for bambolotta to hang on the table (so handy!). And the food is yummy! Bambolotta had her portion of veggies…people were kind of amazed seeing a baby eating broccoli and beans like she did!
– the “water bus” ride is super expensive : 7€ a ticket!!!! if you plan to stay longer, take the 20€ ticket which allows you to use it whenever you want during your stay.
Our little 2-days stay was so really nice and a great start to our holidays! Veramente Bella Venezia!