We flew to Venice on Sunday 15 July at 16: 05. In fact with the delay, we took off at 16: 30, and at 17h started the final of the World Cup with France playing, we had not planned that. Well actually it's not a big deal because it's the beginning of our world tour. When we arrived at the airport, an italian guy shared his phone's screen on what he was watching : the Final !
From Venice Marco Polo airport, it is very easy and quick to go to Mestre, or even to any part of the city of Venice by bus, boat. So we went to the center of Mestre to settle at the Bed and Breakfast we booked. Small error from Thomas, we went to the hotel called "Easy Room Venice" while our reservation is at "B & B Easy Venice", a small addition of 800 meters with our two big bags packs! A few more drops of sweat while it's 30 degrees. We spend the evening in Mestre that has a nice downtown, a beautiful pedestrian area, and affordable restaurants.
To continue talking about Mestre, the city is totally integrated into the public transport network of the Venice metropolitan area, which makes it a first choice for those who want to stay near Venice for cheap. You can take a pass for the bus, tram, train, boats to Venice / Mestre for 40 EUR the 3 days : what we have done. All tobacco shack sells this day pass, otherwise you will find it at the offices of the ACTV. It is very surprising to see a transport network as well developed and without construction work while the geographical constraints are everywhere: water, distance between cities and islands, over population, ...
Here we are, Venice and its 124 islands connected by 438 bridges and 183 channels. Wahooo, it's beautiful! We visited some beautiful Italian cities a few years ago (Milan, Turin, Rome, Palermo, ...), but again, we fell under the charm of Venice, it's so different from any other cities , water changes everything. We quickly realize the difference in everyday's life to live on one of these islets, the different logistics to be applied to the inhabitants, waste management, transportation ....
We enjoyed 3 full days in Venice, where we mainly strolled around the canals, took the Vaporetto to get around, it's very easy to roam around!
Among the neighborhoods we visited: San Marco, Castello, Dorseduro, Cannaregio, the old Jewish Guetto. Of course we did the best of Venice like San Marco Square, the Rialto Bridge, we also saw Gondolas. But the most fun is to get lost in the small streets without necessarily knowing where to go.
We wanted to go to the islands of Murano and Burano, well known for glass and lace. We went via a one-hour trip with a fully packed boat, summer crowd in Venice. Burano, was our favorite. You can go directly from Venice, or make a stop in Murano, which deserves a little stop. Here are our best pictures:
Our last day was mainly focused on our departure to Croatia, laundry, re-packing, ...
Back on the road to hit the balkans, next steps Slovenia and Croatia for new adventures ...
Some photos & videos in bulk:
Tops and flops
- Venice, of course
- The surprice : Mestre, affordable restaurant, nice city center
- The high number of tourists, in the middle of July, it was nevertheless expected
- The stifling heat in the middle of July again expected, but sometimes the smells that go with
Our assigne to the budget (Emma, attention to holes in pockets) reported a positive balance, less expenses than expected, not enough to jump to the ceiling but with a budget of 620 EUR in Italy for 5 days we currently have spent 599 EUR.