Venice is one of my favourite places I’ve ever visited. The combination of no cars,  impossibly picturesque streets, great food, and lots of art is one I only usually dream about. When I visited the Architecture Biennale was on, which made it even more amazing.

Getting Here/ Getting Around: 

You can book a flight right into the Venice Airport, and can then get a water taxi or shuttle to the main part of Venice. One of the shuttle stops is just next to the Rialto Bridge. If you arrive by train into the main station you can hop on the Vaporetto (like a water bus) and get just about anywhere you need while having a gorgeous tour of the city.

Venice is very walkable, but be prepared for steps and uneven pathways. You can also take the Vaporetto to cover farther distances, and a few of the surrounding areas.

Places to Stay: 

While there are some great Airbnbs, we stayed at two hotels over our trip for ease/location.  We first stayed at Hotel Tivoli in Dorsoduro. It had some great cafés nearby, and was rather reasonable for Venice. The Hotel Rialto is right next to the Rialto Bridge (hence the name), which made it super-convenient if a bit busier.

Where to Eat: 

Even though it’s definitely tourist-y, I had to get a spritz on the Piazza San Marco, and you should, too. Any of the cafés are great options, bonus points if theres music. Do Mori is off the beaten path, and has a great atmosphere, food, and wine. Bar Arsenale is right next to its namesake, and is a great place for spritz. Cantine del Vino Gia Schiavi is another great place to stop in the afternoon for a bite and a glass of wine, and is super-central; it can get a bit crowded, but its definitely worth it.

Things to Do: 

Basilica San Marco, The Piazza, and the Doge’s Palace are all things you should definitely see if you’ve never been to Venice. While the line for the Basilica may look long, it moves quickly and is definitely worth going inside. Galleria dell’Accademia is home of Giorgione’s The Tempest, and has some absolutely amazing works, if not many English translations. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, located in the villa where she once lived, has a great collection of modern art and a temporary exhibition space and café. Get lost– no, really. Getting a bit lost in Venice was a great way to see parts of the city we may not have discovered, and no matter where you end up, you aren’t too far away from where you’re trying to go.