Enchanting Venice

I had mentioned in my last post that we had gone to Italy in end March / early April. The blog post on the trip got delayed because I had run out of hard disk space to download all the photos! I finally managed to create space and here’s the first post on Italy – that fabulous country.

It was an 11 day vacation – 3 days each in Venice, Florence and 4 days in Rome. I planned to put all of it in one post with 3-4 photos of each place but we fell in love with Venice and I wanted to put many more photos! So this is a post on a city like no other in the world – the romantic Venice.


Getting there:

We had bought a Eurail 3 day pass (travel any 3 days in a 30 day period) for the two of us – kids upto 11 travel free! Our flight was to and from Rome so we took a train to Venice the 2nd day – easy 4 hour journey that brought us to the Venezia Santa Lucia station. Our hotel was close to the Rialto bridge and we took a vaporetto (water-bus) from the station to the Rialto stop.

Vaporettos ply up and down the Grand Canal and getting a 48 hour pass is totally worth it.


We got a bit lost in the narrow alleys of Venice in search of our hotel but it helped us to get a sense of the place. We stayed at Hotel San Luca – got an apartment that was furnished like a 19th century place! The only negative was that it was on the 3rd floor and there was no elevator – I don’t think that any of the centuries old buildings in Venice have them.

Gondolas in the waterways of Venice…

We were very close to San Marco – the central square which has all the administrative offices, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace etc. We had two kids and two strollers and there were a few small foot bridges to get up and down before we reached San Marco.

St Mark’s Basilica and Tower in San Marco

There are a lot of restaurants in the square which have live music in the evenings. But we had read in advance that dinners in such places can be very expensive, it being an incredibly touristy place. The books also advised that one could enjoy the live music without sitting since it was all outdoors!

End of March in Italy is the shoulder season for travel so Venice was not all that crowded and the weather was just lovely – 7-14 degrees Celsius and sunlight for around 12-13 hours.

Roaming around we came across some lovely sights like the Bridge of Sighs…

Prisoners used to be moved from interrogation rooms in Doge’s Palace to a Prison through the enclosed Bridge of Sighs…


…one of the several seagulls flying above us by Doge’s Palace…


…and lines of gondolas swaying gently in the water.


The next day we went to Murano and Burano. Instead of taking guided tours we just went on our own by vaporetto – it had become the most exciting thing for my two kids by then. As advised by our helpful hotel receptionist we walked to a boat stop to the north of the island instead of taking the boat from San Marco. He had said that the journey from the north was 10 minutes and boats ran every 10 minutes while it was a 30-35 minute journey from San Marco and boats ran every 20 minutes.

It was a long walk to the north as there were many bridges to cross – but it was totally worth it because we came across sights like this square with a tree of white blossoms and a beautiful church.


Murano and Burano are two small islands to the north of Venice. Murano had many glass making foundries – we didn’t get too much time to explore these. Burano has brightly coloured houses and buildings which makes it a very pretty place.

Murano…loved the sleepy fishing village atmosphere here.

It rained slightly in between but luckily it had stopped for a bit when we got off at Burano.

Burano – even smaller than Murano and prettier!

The next day we made full use of our 24 hour vaporetto pass (made the mistake of not buying the 48 hour pass) to go up and down the Grand Canal and we were treated to these views…

Gondola in the Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge in the background…

Beautiful buildings lining the Grand Canal…

I loved the colours and textures of the buildings in the water…

Water Taxi speeding through the Grand Canal…

We went modest on food (did takeaway pizza slices mostly for dinners) but decided to splurge on a gondola ride – Euro 80 for half hour short ride which the gondolier upsold to a Eur 100 for a 40 minute full ride (usual price Euro 120). The ride was ok I thought. We learnt that it takes 3 years to train and get a license.

Gondola ride…school students cheering us on…

We finally called it a day by getting off at the stop for Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute…

…and watched a beautiful sun set over Venice.

This quote by Elizabeth Berkley sums up my feelings about Venice most aptly:

“I will never forget experiencing Venice for the first time. It feels like you are transported to another time – the art, music, food and pure romance in the air is like no other place.”

Read my post on the rest of our Italy trip here.

Ciao xx


  1. Sanjukta maitra
    May 10, 2017 / 4:25 am

    Beautifully written !!! Took me back once again to the lovely places……

    • May 10, 2017 / 4:32 am

      So glad you enjoyed the post… can’t say enough of the beauty of that place

  2. Suparna
    May 10, 2017 / 5:42 am

    Very nicely written….and not to mention the beautiful photography!!

  3. Debalina Sanyal
    May 10, 2017 / 5:44 am

    It transported me right back to Venice. Beautifully written. Loved the details you’ve put in. It will help the first time travellers.

    • May 10, 2017 / 9:29 am

      Loved loved loved Venice ! It’s an incredible place, very different from other places in Europe.
      So glad you liked the post.

  4. May 11, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    All the photos look stunning especilly the Vapetto. I liked how you captured it while it was moving 🙂

    • May 12, 2017 / 12:08 am

      Thank you so much for such encouraging words! Glad you enjoyed them

  5. May 12, 2017 / 6:32 am

    Rhea, beautifully written post with great pictures . Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading it

    • May 12, 2017 / 7:55 am

      Thank you so much Swati ! Much appreciated your comment

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