Dated but comfy apartments a short bus ride into Florence. Rude receptionist but a nice little home away from home!
4 September 2017
Trentalia intercity 595 from Venice Mestre station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station. A very long journey😭.
Last day exploring Venice, got a custom magnum too!
3 September 2017
Better known as Doge's Palace, palazzo ducale is an amazing monument to Venetian architecture and history. The entrance fee (student rate available!) allowed us entrance into the main council chambers, apartments and dungeons. We even walked along the bridge of sighs and strolled through the dungeons! Possibly my favourite place in all of Italy. It was very hot inside but I loved the intricate gold and paint ceilings and the details were stunning.
2 September 2017
On the first day we explored Venice on foot, winding alleyways and crumbling bridges. It's easiest to avoid the crowds and discover hidden gems by simply turning a different way whenever you see a massive crowd!
It can be difficult to navigate Venice due to the tall buildings blocking phone signal but the key to Venice is never being in a rush. It's best explored at a sedate, relaxed pace. The northern part of Venice is far more modern than the south, this is where you can the find the chains like Macdonald's, if you want to see the Venice you're thinking of avoid this area. Wander long enough and you can find a pizza or pasta takeaway and a canal-side perch to sit. Remember to keep an eye out for officials who can fine you €25 for sitting in the wrong place due to Venice's strict no picnic policy. We disregarded this rule a little but it's best to stick with it in busy areas.
We stayed in a great budget hotel in Mestre, the rooms were modern and smart and the food was to die for. Only a short hop from Venice itself too!