My family just came back from Europe and we had a whirlwind vacation to Italy and France. While we were in Italy, we decided to take a day trip from Florence. We used Rail Europe to book our train tickets, and they were very helpful along the way. It ended up being my favorite day of the entire trip! Here’s some snapshots and tricks we learned along the way.
Venice is the most difficult city to use Google Maps. We ended up getting re-routed the entire time we were roaming the streets, but we had the most fun when we were wandering. Ditch the maps and enjoy getting lost in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
We were so glad that we decided to skip the tours of Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace in Venice. The city has a lot of culture and local charm on its own. Also, it’s so easy to get lost in the city, if you’re there for a limited time it seems like a waste to spend hours on a tour.
Everyone told us to skip the gondola ride, but it ended up being the highlight of our trip! Our gondolier was so funny, and sang to us as we enjoyed our ride. The city was so crowded that it was relaxing to take a break on the gondola. It’s expensive, but the views are worth it in my opinion. What are your favorite spots in Venice?