Venice & Island of Burano: Italy tips from Sylvia
BootsnAll writer Sylvia Seschel has traveled Italy a fair bit. She was back there recently, and she has some advice on Venice:
Hope to post an article on your site soon of Italy.
22 yrs ago, I visited Florence, rome, Pisa & Venice. This time was Sicily, Amalfi Coast and 3 nights in Venice (this city I’ll give advice)
Venice, my favourite. Cheapest way to get into island is by Alilaguna for 10 Euros one way. Takes an hour to Piazza San Marco from the airport. Free shuttle at airport to boat.
Porters at deck will try to rip you off. I’m not talking about a few quid guy wanted 20 Eruos to show me my hotel. I said forget it, I’ll get lost and find it myself. Though my 3-star hotel Da Bruna was 5 min. walk from San Marco, I asked a few times how to get there so it took 15-20 min.
I did not make any specific plans other than visit the island of Burano, (6 Euros return). Took 1 hour 15 min. just to get there so leave yourself plenty of time. Colourful island what Venice was once was. Peaceful and quiet. Murano (I was told mostly glass factories around) and Torcello are other islands to visit. You can do all three if you like but you’ll need over half a day at least if not more. Depends how long you like to linger
Other than that, visit the usual sites of Piazza San Marco, Rialto, visit some fancy hotels like the gorgeous Hotel Danieli on Riva degli Schiavaoni, not far from San Marco.
My advice is basically to “get lost”. No, I’m not being rude. Just get lost in the maze of streets. BUT MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE ADDRESS OF YOUR HOTEL. Signs to five distinct areas posted around so you can follow: San Marco, Rialto, Palazzo Roma, and two others I can’t remember (one starts with A and another with F). If you know the area you’re in, e.g. I was around San Marco, then when I got lost I would just follow the sign leading to San Marco.
I know I didn’t exactly answer your question but I hope this helps. Any other queries, just ask.
Have fun. I know I’ll wish I was there too again.