How Not To Spend An Ordinary Day In Venice

Meanwhile I’m preparing the posts about the amazing places I’ve seen during my cruise-vacation(if you want to know more about it, click here 😉 ) I’ll share with you one of my favourite trips I’ve made during my Italian summer 🙂

I’m lucky to have my hometown positioned just 30 minutes by train from a city that is admired all over the world: Venice! When friends of mine from abroad or from other parts of Italy, come to visit me a trip there is a must! Because of this, I can say I have been there many different times, in different seasons and with diverse weather. Despite this, I must say, I’m not an expert about Venice and it’s history but after many trips there I did understood which are the best things to do in order to get the most of your day there without being smothered by tourists, which the city, no matter the weather it’s always full of.


In case you didn’t know, Venice is composed  by many little islands which are possible to reach both by public transport, taking the “bus boats” or joining an organised tours. Unless you want to spend one day per island, I strongly suggest you to go for the second option because when comparing prices it happens to be the most convenient (I know sounds weird…).

The tour I did for example, we payed 18€, visited 3 islands where we could stay for 40/50 minutes, had an English guide and it was as not crowded as the bus boat so each of us had a seat. Plus, it started directly from the train station so we didn’t walk to the opposite side of the city where usually you have to go to get the bus.

Some of the most famous Islands are:

MURANO also called ” The Glass Island”

Indeed, this island is known all over the world as a centre for glassmaking due to the fact that the way the glass here is produced and worked it’s special and unique. Venice kept protecting the secret of the production of glass and of crystal until it became a trademark called  “Vetro Artistico Murano”. Thanks to the tour I’ve chosen, I had the possibility to watch how the glass is made using the blown glass technique and it was really impressive to see how fast but at the same precise the worker has to be in order to work the glass when it’s hot!

BURANO, the Island of colours

Burano was my favourite, I would have spent there all day! The most famous characteristic of this island is that it’s full of colours due to the fact that each house is painted and decorated in a different way which make the whole atmosphere joyful and vibrant therefore you can’t be not happy when being there! 🙂


In the past Torcello was one of the many Monastery Islands where Venetian monks lived. Indeed, it is still possible to visit the remaining part of the ancient Monastery and the original church, but if you’d like to visit a Monastery I would rather suggest the Saint Lazarus of the Armenians  one, located in another island always in the Venetian lagoon. This one is still in use and there a beautiful library definitely worth a visit!

While in Torcello, besides the Church and the remains of the Monastery, there are a few restaurants serving typical regional food and the landscape can also be considered as an attraction since it’s way more natural and rural than the other islands.



Getting lost around Venice streets is my favourite thing to do when I’m there. Venice is so pretty and full of beauty but I believe that often, since it’s always full of tourists any time of the year, you can’t manage to appreciate it totally. That’s why, when I bring there friends of mine, after showing them the main attractions such as

San Marco Square


and The “Sospiri” Bridge



I usually tell them ” Okay, now let’s get lost” and we just start wandering around without following the streets signals and believe me, even though I did this many times, each time I discover something new and see stuff that in a crowded place I wouldn’t notice at all!


One of my favorite random buildings found during my last visit to Venice

So, even if you’re in Venice just for one day, take an hour and just go where your heart or your nose brings you! You won’t be dissapointed! 🙂

If you’re taking the boat tour I’ve mentioned you can end the tour directly in San Marco square and start your “getting lost” moment from there and at a certain moment you can ask or see if there are any signs to the train station to go back and end your “not ordinary day in Venice” 😉

If you’re coming to Italy for any reason you might be interested to read the 6 things you should know before coming here and also this other 6 things! 😉


What about you, have you ever been to Venice? Which were your favourite things you did there? I would be pleased and glad to read your experience!


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  • Reply Hannah Galvin

    I went to Venice and I fell in love with everything there, I would LOVE to go again! I nominated you for The Entertainer Blogger Award! If you have already received this award, you can ignore – but I just wanted to say you’re an awesome blogger! 🙂
    The link to the post is here:
    Have a lovely day!

    11/10/2016 at 0:43
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you so much Hannah, I’ll check it as soon as I can! I’m glad to hear you enjoy my blog since I really like yours too! Have a great day 🙂

      11/10/2016 at 12:32
  • Reply Charlotte

    What a great post! That bridge is so iconic and I’ve read amazing things about the islands but the tour sounds very reasonable and easy! I’m visiting Venice at the end of the month and will definitely use your tips. X

    11/10/2016 at 10:19
  • Reply ricettedacoinquiline

    (ora non so se posso commentare in italiano o in english!)
    Bellissima Venezia, io ancora non ho avuto la possibilità di visitarla, ma con i tuoi consigli sono sicura che me la farai adorare!

    11/10/2016 at 10:43
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Italiano va benissimo! Grazie mille per il commmento, sono felice il post ti sia piciuto, spero avrai l’occasione di andare a Venizia molto presto perchè ne vale davvero la pena! Buona giornata 🙂

      11/10/2016 at 12:29
  • Reply sileas

    Lovely post – this is how a perfect day would look like 😉 Venice is one of my favourite cities in the world and no matter how often I visit it, it never gets boring!

    11/10/2016 at 20:11
  • Reply patrick

    great post, im going here in a couple weeks so thanks for sharing!!

    11/10/2016 at 22:08
  • Reply Tay

    I love all your Venice posts! The photos you have shared are beautiful! 🙂

    12/10/2016 at 2:15
  • Reply Silvia

    Sono stata a Venezia 2 volte, ma non sono mai riuscita ad apprezzarla pienamente perché non l’ho girata come volevo… chissà, magari la prossima volta riuscirò a vedere anche io tutti questi bei posticini 🙂

    13/10/2016 at 10:01
  • Reply Natalie

    I absolutely loved Venice when we visited years ago and it’s one of my favourite European destinations. I would love to visit the city again and see the 3 islands you’ve mentioned 🙂

    13/10/2016 at 12:24
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      I’m glad to hear you liked it Natalie, Venice has really a unique beauty! And yes, if you’ll ever go back the islands are defintiely worth a visit! 🙂

      13/10/2016 at 22:41
  • Reply Paula

    Such a lovely post about Venice! Totally loved reading it and Venice is such a beautiful city as well as the little Island Burano!

    XO, Paula,

    16/10/2016 at 21:02
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  • Reply Shari E

    Great suggestions! I love Venice — especially the getting lost part.

    07/06/2017 at 20:20
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