Venice – Live like a Venetian

 

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Embrace your ‘inner James Bond’ and take a speedboat from the airport.

 

What do you think of Venice? Very few people dislike it – despite the enormous cruise boats and hoards of day trippers clogging up the streets and canals. It is still a wondrous place that fills you with excitement from the moment you step into a water Taxi at the airport until the minute you leave.

I’m sure you have all visited loads of times, but anyway, here is my take on how to live like a Venetian.

Tip: Unless the hotel is offering a free speedboat, just hop aboard one dockside and it will only be 100 euros. Turn left out of the airport, make sure you have a porter it is quite a trek, and head to the most handsome Water Taxi owner that you can find.

 

Don’t even think about a Waterbus, unless you want to be squashed and uncomfortable with tourists (we are travellers NOT tourists!) and stop a hundred times en route.

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Safely delivered to the Hotel.

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My ‘Gaff’ for the week

IMG_1191Bauer Hotel http://www.bauervenezia.com

Chosen for its unbeatable location.  I don’t know about you, but I want to be in the heart of Venice and not on some island over yonder!  This is the perfect choice literally a stones throw from Piazza San Marco square but step through the hotel doors and you enter an oasis of calm and tranquility that seems far from the crowded square.

Step out of the door and you have Gondola’s waiting to transport you if you turn left and glorious shops followed by Piazza San Marco on the right.  Louis Vuitton is literally just outside the hotel, which is not great for my bank balance but a lovely treat.

If you want to splurge The Gritti Palace http://www.thegrittipalace.com is just one block over towards San Marco and Harry’s Bar is just around the corner.

Who could ask for more from the Hotel Bauer?  To be honest, I would like to be let loose with an interior designer – but the old world charm, excellent staff and wonderful restaurant are enough to bring me back for another visit.

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It is easy to escape into the ‘true’ Venice, just keep away from the typical tourist itinerary and one street over will be an oasis of calm, just as the photo above which was taken in crowded September.  One of my favourite routes is to leave the Bauer, turn left and cross the canal take a right and then left – you are now away from the crowds! Keep going and meander along marvelling at the hidden delights in the tiny little shops.

You are now in culture lovers heaven, there will be a church, Museum or gallery at every turn.  Once I arrive at Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, there will probably be an exhibition that is too good to pass by, but then cross the bridge.  Galleria del Academia is right there to explore, afterward turn left and keep going and you are now in a completely different Venice. Quiet little canals with sleepy houses and delicious little restaurants to try out.  I love to stop off at Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, an amazing collector.

IMG_1184-2Collezione Peggy Guggenheim

Revived after a cup of tea at the Guggenheim Cafe continue on to Punta Della Dogana and view another wonderful contemporary art collection.  Choose somewhere for lunch and congratulate yourself on a fabulous morning!

Retrace your steps or hop on a Gondola back across to the Bauer for a little nap.  Dinner on the terrace of the Bauer is a highlight, the view unsurpassable and constantly entertaining with guests alighting onto water taxis resplendent in their evening wear and all the canal boats toodling along.

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Another must-do another night is to book tickets for the Opera, put on your glad rags and take a water taxi to the Opera. You will have another James Bond moment, for sure!
IMG_0464Helpful Tips

When to Visit: Try and avoid the busy tourist months of July and August if you can.

Information: http://www.venice-tourism.com  http://www.venice-carnival-italy.com

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35 Comments

  1. March 2, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    Great post. I’ve never been to Venice before so it’s nice to be able to learn so much about it.

    • marie
      March 2, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      Thank you Shasha x

  2. March 2, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    I’ve been to Venice a few times, and I am not a fan of the crowds. I did try to avoid them, but then I got lost in the myriad of alleyways. Did I love it? Yep! Like you said, most people do. (And next time I just might have to jet boat it!)

    • marie
      March 2, 2016 / 6:22 pm

      Give it another chance Corinne! All the day trippers go home at 4pm and you have the place to yourself, it is lovely out of season too.

  3. March 2, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    Wait, wait, wait… you can take a speedboat from the airport? I love it.

    • marie
      March 2, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      Haha! Yes, you can – and you can usually find someone to share and split the cost too.

  4. Kaci
    March 2, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Oh this has me so excited to go to Venice! Definitely jumping straight in the speed boat haha. You have a very straight forward way of writing and it makes you post really exciting to read!! Keep it up ?

    • marie
      March 2, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks Kaci! You are very kind ….. I do worry about being boring!

  5. March 2, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    I so miss my trip to Venice; it was my first solo overseas trip! I love your photos! Venice is really a magical place, it’s so easy to get lost in it all (the good kind of lost though :))! Next time I’ll have to go to the opera!

    • marie
      March 2, 2016 / 10:55 pm

      Thanks Kayline, I think Venice draws you back many times!

  6. March 2, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    Loved Venice! We actually enjoyed the waterbus though haha we always try to use the local public transportation to see what it’s all about. Will definitely ball out for a water taxi next time though! What an experience!

    • marie
      March 2, 2016 / 11:56 pm

      Well, I would enjoy reading about your trip on the waterbus – as long as I don’t have to travel on it!

  7. March 2, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    I did Venice on a major budget, so it’s interesting to see your take with a bit more glam, haha! Lovely!

    • marie
      March 2, 2016 / 11:54 pm

      I bet you had a brilliant time too! It is fun to read about different experiences.

  8. March 3, 2016 / 4:28 am

    This is something I would love to do when I visit Venice. It actually reminds me more of The Tourist starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp! 🙂

    • marie
      March 3, 2016 / 10:56 am

      Janna, you will love it! I remember that movie – actually I’m going to put it on my ‘to watch’ list.

  9. March 4, 2016 / 2:44 am

    I love Venice! I used to live only 3 hours away… I miss it! Great article.

    • marie
      March 4, 2016 / 8:33 am

      I love it too – thanks for the lovely comment, Penelope.

  10. March 4, 2016 / 3:04 am

    Never been to Venice, but would love to go. Love the idea of taking a gondola ride from the airport. Great pictures, truly inspired to visit soon. A great read 🙂

    • marie
      March 4, 2016 / 8:32 am

      Thanks Rosemary!

  11. March 4, 2016 / 5:08 am

    I absolutely loved Venice! We stayed way off the tourist path in the sestiere Castello where the yachts were parked. It was lovely to be in a local neighbourhood and yet not too far from all the great sights in Canareggio and even to head out to the Murano and Burano. It’s just magical 🙂

    • marie
      March 4, 2016 / 8:31 am

      Thanks Tamar, I’ll visit that area next trip.

  12. March 7, 2016 / 3:41 am

    Aw… Venice is beautiful, I love to go there. You have a great blog, would you like to follow each other on BLOGLOVIN? If you decided to follow me, please let me know so I can follow you back! xoxo

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    • marie
      March 7, 2016 / 6:42 am

      Hi Joice, look forward to reading your blog! I’ll follow you on Bloglovin. xx

  13. March 7, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    I also stayed in Bauer Hotel the first time we went to Venice and it’s just absolutely gorgeous isn’t it? I love the outdoor terrace where they serve breakfast – pigeons were joining us though and at one point, one of them stole a ham from a kid’s fork just as he was about to eat it. LOL.

    Your post reminded me of my first trip to Venice. Loved it!

    • marie
      March 7, 2016 / 8:07 pm

      It is gorgeous! Happy to remind you of a wonderful trip.

  14. March 11, 2016 / 6:11 am

    Hey Venice
    Its been really wonderful to be there.. Last to last year I went there but due to crisis of time only for 2 days but it was such a nice experience..!!

    Thanks for making me live it again!!
    Keep it up

  15. March 24, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Great article and wonderful photos! Hope to visit Venice one day myself. Best regards! 🙂

    • marie
      March 24, 2016 / 9:11 am

      Thanks Zeljka!

  16. April 18, 2016 / 9:21 am

    Great article – brought Venice back to me. Last time I went we stayed in an apartment overlooking a canal very near the opera house and a short walk from St Mark’s Square but a million miles from the day trippers who don’t stray far from the square. One of the unexpected delights was how quiet Venice is: no cars or motobikes or even cycles. Traffic is two feet walking or the sound of water splashing as boats navigate the network of narrow canals. It also means the crime rate is very low, even though most of the year visitors (aka tourists/strangers) outnumber the natives by 2 to 1. There’s no such thing as a quick getaway unless you are James Bond with a motorboat waiting…

    • marie
      April 18, 2016 / 10:10 am

      Thank you Bridget – you definitely discovered the ‘real’ Venice! What a lovely description. I really enjoy connecting with like minded bloggers and look forward to reading your posts. Marie

  17. January 16, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    I went to Venice 25 years ago and my favorite part was just wondering around narrow alleys away from the crowds (though there weren’t as many people as today – no cruise ships back then!).

    • marie
      January 17, 2017 / 10:01 am

      I wish they would ban those cruise ships! You can still avoid the crowds quite easily though.

  18. January 17, 2017 / 12:38 am

    Perfect timing to stumble on this, we will visiting Italy in May and are still on the fence about visiting Venice. Think we would have a good time though.

    • marie
      January 17, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Oh, definitely go to Venice. Avoid all the tourist traps and experience the life of a Venetian!

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