Things to do in Italy, Venice, The Magical City Built On Marshlands

Named and referred to as “Venezia” to the Italians, “Venice” to English speakers the photos and paintings only begin to describe this magical city. Venice was the last stop on our first trip to Italy. Let’s just say we didn’t know it, but we saved the best for last! God willing, this will certainly not be our last trip to the most romantic city in Italy.

Watch this video that I took with my iPhone just to see how beautiful and surreal Venice is:

1. Transportation. Gondolas, water taxis, and our own two feet were the only forms of transportation we saw for three days. Not for a hot Miami minute did I miss the sound of a honking horn or car rushing by. The gentle waves were much more soothing and romantic.

Venice, Things To Note From Italy’s Magical City Built On Marshlands: Travel To Venice

2. Pack light for Venice and avoid extra water taxi charges. A water taxi even brought us from the train station directly to our hotel door! This was 80 Euros that could be avoided if you can pack light! Use these tips to pack light for Europe.

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Venice, Things To Note From Italy’s Magical City Built On Marshlands: Travel To Venice

3.Think of a Venetian gondola ride kind of like a real-life Disney adventure. At the rate of 80 Euros for a half hour with singing a la carte, the price is a bargain considering it’s the REAL deal! Paddling their way through the narrow canals, taking a bad photo of the 35′ gondola is hard to do. Each gondola is black but they are owned by the gondolier which means they can be decorated however they choose. You can preselect and book your unique gondola experience online. 

Venice, Things To Note From Italy’s Magical City Built On Marshlands: Travel To Venice

4 If you’re paying 80 Euros for a gondolier be sure to book a cute one. 🙂 Most of the 400-licensed gondoliers wear the typical black and white striped shirts and a straw hat. It was a little chilly while we were in Venice so most wore their down feathered vests too. Some were missing their hat and others were missing their striped shirt. Maybe I am too accustomed to the faux Venice (aka. Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas) where the gondoliers are forced to dress their part. I want the costume and the full works when paying for an experience.

Venice, Things To Note From Italy’s Magical City Built On Marshlands: Travel To Venice

5.Take your camera and lens for portraits, architecture, and landscapes. Built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea, Venice explodes with history and a collision of great architecture from a myriad of periods. Architects and historians refer to the collision as “east meets the west”. Pulling the best components from various architectural styles created a masterpiece in my eyes.

Venice, Things To Note From Italy’s Magical City Built On Marshlands: Travel To Venice

6. Taking the kids? Play a fun game! Count the number of bridges you cross but don’t count the same one twice. There are more than 400 bridges that span each canal passageway. Yet there are only four bridges that span the Venetian Grand Canal. The bridge below is called the Bridge of Sighs. I think most of us should avoid walking over this 36′ indoor limestone bridge. It conveniently connects the Palace interrogation rooms to the prison. I certainly hope to avoid this 36′ of passageway on all of my future trips to Venice.

Venice, Things To Note From Italy’s Magical City Built On Marshlands: Travel To Venice

7. Don’t miss the 157′ Rialto bridge but don’t purchase overpriced souvenirs on it and watch for pickpockets! The Rialto bridge is the oldest bridge in Venice. Tourist attractions like this invite mass pickpockets so BEWARE! We heard several similar “family handicraft” stories about how the shopkeeper’s father or mother had handmade the items they were selling. Then we would go to another shop, see the exact same products, and heard a similar story. Don’t believe everything that you hear and don’t buy the first items or art that you see.

Venice, Things To Note From Italy’s Magical City Built On Marshlands: Travel To Venice

8. Think twice before you buy a water taxi pass. We bought a daily water taxi pass for around 20 Euros for 24 hours. Had we not gone to the outer islands such as Burano and floated by Murano, San Michele, and the other islands, our water taxi experience could have been eliminated because you can walk everywhere. The island seems large on paper, but it’s really quite small. We found ourselves passing by stores thinking they were duplicates. Some were but most weren’t and for the record, there are three Gucci stores. I only purchased in one of them.

Venice, Things To Note From Italy’s Magical City Built On Marshlands: Travel To Venice

9. Sway from the typical tourist passageways. We did and found amazing architecture and loads of local spots including 3 Euro bottles of local wine.

Venice, Things To Note From Italy’s Magical City Built On Marshlands: Travel To Venice

10. Don’t miss Carnaval. It’s absolutely mind-blowing. The costumes and masks are off the chain! Whatever you do…CLICK HERE TO VIEW VENICE CARNAVAL COSTUMES + MASKS

P.S. For an amazingly detailed Venice, Italy travel itinerary, follow our friends at Destination Dorworth and see their Venice Itinerary with pricing.

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Christi Tasker For more than 10 years, Christi Tasker was a nationally acclaimed award-winning retailer and interior designer. While she treasured and nurtured her gift boutique and interior design company, she ultimately discovered her true passion – MARKETING and BRANDING! With an eye for detail that only comes from a skilled and experienced designer, Christi learned the secrets to creating a clear, concise brand – one both unmistakable and unforgettable − that would stand out from the crowd. The interest in marketing and branding for businesses actually had its beginning in her family. As did many devoted moms, Christi shadowed her then eleven-year-old daughter, Macy, whenever she ventured online. On one particular day, Christi had an epiphany as she watched Macy scour MySpace for any news in the virtual world of “Webkinz.” Christi placed an order for those lovable furry friends, with their special codes for use with online games, and when they arrived, she shared the news on MySpace, not knowing at the time that she had crafted her first social media campaign. When the college gates went down on Facebook, Christi immediately became one of the first non-college friends of Facebook. And more than just a casual user, she quickly discovered a side of Facebook that only programmers knew about – The Facebook Developer − full of options and tools to help companies better use the web. Christi quickly recognized that marketers either needed to be formally educated about social media or needed a partner to manage their sites. She launched a social media marketing company, which today provides social media branding, strategy, monitoring and training worldwide. Before long, she realized her ability to keep up with her many social media accounts was hampered by the lack of a suitable tool to keep everything in one place. Christi decided the best way to do a job properly was to “do it yourself” and developed PuTTin’ OuT (Socially Accepted) a set of tools to moderate, manage, create, schedule, and publish content, and automatically engage people, all in a single package. In early 2009, Christi began traveling nationally as a social media expert speaker for various brands and businesses, and today is a sought-after social media keynote speaker at the foremost conferences worldwide. she also appears on NBC as a social media advisor/expert.
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