This year my <3 had a big birthday, he changed from one decade to another… hahahaha (I don’t know why this makes me laugh, but it does!). The thing is that in his work everyone thinks he’s on his early twenties LOL
I decided to surprise him with a long weekend in Venice for his birthday and I must say that it was the best present ever (not only for him but for both of us!).
I booked everything through EasyJet Holidays as they have good offers and the service is quite straightforward. We had previously booked holidays from there so I didn’t look at other options.
On this post and the following one, I would like to share my experience and wonderful days in Venice (I wish I was there right now!).
How to get from Marco Polo airport to Venice city?
We left from Gatwick to Marco Polo Airport during the evening, getting there by midnight. I was a bit worried about how to get to Venice as it was quite late but there are plenty of options. We took a boat (or vaporetto) and within 30 min. we were in Venice. It costs 15€ each and the ‘adventure’ was so cool!
Where to stay?
It was very difficult to choose the hotel all by myself but I made the best decision ever when I booked Residenza Cannaregio hotel from the Eurostars Hotel chain.
The hotel was in the Cannaregio area, quiet and nice. There were restaurants and pubs near the hotel and people drinking on the boats, how cool is that?
The room was amazing, we stayed at the junior suite and OMG, it was so spacious, clean and cosy. The service was also friendly and helpful; they even offered us a free welcome drink on the terrace the day after we got there. I would definitely come back again.
Things to know before visiting Venice
- The weather in September is HOT, like 30 degrees. Be ready for that, bring comfy shoes and summery clothes.
- Every night you spend in Venice you get the touristic charge of 4€, which isn’t too much. I guess we weren’t expecting it at all!
- Venice is very touristic place so you will need to find the local restaurants if you want to enjoy the local experience.
- You won’t take the bus, you will take the boat or vaporetto, what they are called. The taxis are also boats and they all look the same.
- The city is built on water and there are no cars, no buses, no bikes, only boats, amazing isn’t it? You might feel a bit seasick when stepping land again.
- It is expensive but not THAT expensive. When I was telling some friends and family where we were going everyone kept telling me how expensive it was. If you´ve been in Brighton or London, the prices are quite similar with the exchange rate. I guess it really depends where you go and the type of trip you want to do.
Venice is without doubt a very special place to visit, I highly recommended it to everyone. We had a lovely time there, walking around the tiny lanes, the Grand Canal and watching the amazing architecture from a city built on water.
Have you ever been in Venice? Tell us your experience!