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Travel with Mom to “City on Water”, Venice
Here I have 2 days itinerary in Venice with Mom. I would like to tell you the incredible things to do in Venice based on my experiences traveling with my mon (60yrs). This was the second time traveling with two of us and it was the first time in Europe. (I have been in Europe 2 weeks earlier than her.) Moreover, I will show you the places where you can get senior discounts and a great traditional Venetian-styled hotel. We spent 2 days there at the end of the summer. Here is how we got from Treviso airport to Venice on the local bus and train.
Venice is known as the “city of water” with large and small canals flowing through the city. The entire city of Venice was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. The historical structures have been scattered throughout the city The highlights would be walking narrow streets, squares, canals, and bridges which are very intricate. In general, cars and bicycles are banned on the islands so that the main transportation are water buses called “Vaporetto”, water taxis. and walking.
2 Days Itinerary in Venice with Mom
16:00 Take a Water Bus
The main transportation on the island is a water bus. It was so fun. We bought a single ticket for 15€ for two persons at the office. The ticket office was where we got out of Venezia S. Lucia station. There are many tourists enjoying Venice! The scene of the Canal was just like we have seen on the guidebook or TV at home. Unbelievable that we are here. The water bus was I had my backpack and my mom had a suitcase on the water bus which was crowded with tourists from the whole world.
17:00 Got Lost in Streets
Travel always brings something unexpected. It should be better to have an online map with you that you get used to and better to take a look at the photos on GoogleMap in advance especially in Venice. Actually, we got lost in complicated streets on our way. I did have maps. When we found our hotel finally, it was rocked but there were two girls just going out so that we could enter the hotel. If nobody opens the door? Also, it is common in Europe that hotels do not have a big sign.
19:00 Dinner at Wine Bar
There’s a lot of restaurants and bars with romantic lights everywhere. One of our favorites was Vino Vino facing a tiny canal with a bridge. I love the calm atmosphere. You may try white wines and Italian fish dishes. I had a Rizzotto with mild cheese.
|Hours||11:30 – 23: 30|
|Address||Calle del Caffettier, 2007A, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy|
5:00 Good Morning Walk
It is the best chance to walk before sunrise in the early morning without crowded in the tourist area, especially in Venice. People who have jet lug after long flights supposed to wake up early. You can take a long walk in Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) and walked as you like. There are a few waiting for the sunrise to take beautiful photos at some piers and bridges but not so many walking the streets. I like to see a different view. I have seen locals carried the stuff from the boats and prepare for today.
There are a few waiting for the sunrise to take beautiful photos at some piers and bridges but not so many walking the streets. I like to see a different view. I have seen locals carried the stuff from the boats and prepare for today.
We took away some bread and salad last night for breakfast. If your hotel doesn’t serve you breakfast – I think it is common in Venice – you would visit Breakfast restaurants like Il Calice, Le Café, Bar Ristorante Pizzería da Totò opens at 8:00, Wine Bar Teamo opens at 8:30, Ombra del Leone with a sea view, and Grancaffè Quadri in Piazza San Marco.
10:00 Gondola Cruise – Reserved
One of the must-try experience should be a Gondola cruise when you visit Venice. The veteran sailor takes you over Canal Grande (Grand Canal) and narrow waterways. It allows you to view the historical structures and world heritage from the water. I liked seeing the sunlight sway on the water. The sailor was too powerful and skilled to never hit the wall how narrow the waterway. We booked in advance and it cost $38 each.
13:00 Lunch at Open-air Restaurant
Having lunch at an open-air restaurant would be a good choice to relax while traveling on a sunny day. You may allow you to drink in the day. Gritti Terrace is one of the cozy restaurants by the Canal.
15:00 Peggy Guggenheim Collection
|Name||Peggy Guggenheim Collection|
|Hours||10:00 – 18:00 except Tuesday|
|Entrance Fee||15€ for Adults / 13€ for Senior|
|Address||Dorsoduro, 701-704, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy|
You can reach to Peggy Guggenheim Collection which is the opposite side of the Canal Grande from Gritti Terrace. You see the amazing view of the canal from the bridge.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is among the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim’s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice. The museum presents Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection, masterpieces from the Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, a sculpture garden as well as temporary exhibitions.Guggenheim
We just know the existence of the museum when we took a Gondola cruise. This is the amazing museum to watch at Picasso, Georges Black, Paul Klee, Salvador Dali, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Piet Mondrian, Marcel Duchamp, Jackson -Polock, and other works. I was very impressed by the Chagall arts. The museum is good enough for those who don’t know well about modern art in a relaxing atmosphere. There is a cafe in the museum.
They were kind to tell us that it was possible for a senior to get a discount of 2€ less.
17:30 Basilica di San Marco and Palazzo Ducale
There is a long queue waiting to enter Basilica di San Marco (Saint Mark’s Basilica). After past 17:00, it looked a little bit short, so we could go. It is the most famous cathedral in Venice and the symbol of the city. You can enter the cathedral for free. Please be aware of wearing long sleeves and trousers to hide your skin. taking pictures is prohibited inside.
A must-visit palace in Venice, Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) is located next to Basilica di San Marco and facing the canal. The magnificent building is the governor’s residence and government of the Republic of Venice, which has flourished for over 1000 years since the end of the 7th century. The gorgeous interior rooms tell the story of the prosperity of the time, called “the noblest country.” The biggest oil painting in the world is really impressive to look closely at. They will give for senior a big discount when you ask for it.
|Hours||8:30 – 19:00|
|Entrance Fee||25€ for adults / 13€ for senior|
|Address||Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy|
20:00 Dinner at Bacaro (optional)
We didn’t have the opportunity to try Bacao but Venice has countless Bacaro which are traditional Venetian bars where you can easily stand by with low-priced. You can get a glimpse of the daily life of Venetian locals there. I want to try that next time in Venice.
Where to Stay in Venice with Mom
Ca’ Pedrocchi was the best hotel in Venice where we have stayed. It was the most expensive hotel during our travel to Europe, probably because of the high season. However, my mom wanted to stay in somehow old and traditional accommodation in Venice. As a result, Ca’ Pedrocchi was super. It was close to Piazza San Marco, so we could often take a break. There’re a lot of restaurants and cafes. The room was compact enough with 2 windows with great city views and a bathroom. It was now new but well cleaned. We met the owner just once and he was helpful. We were happy to stay in an old Venetian stayed house. The stairs to the 4th floor were kind of hard for my mom but it was ok.
One thing that we were troubled was the hardness to find the hotel. I would say laud that the hotel is above TOD’s, the shore store. The name of the street is Pedrocchi. You can go through the very narrow and dark street to the middle, then you will find the entrance of the hotel.