We spent May of 2017 in Venice, Italy, and what a month it was. We had plenty of time to do all the Venice things - riding gondolas, chasing pigeons in Piazza San Marco, exploring the lagoon and of course, lots of gelato. We learned a lot about toddler safety in a canal city, and we took a break from the crowds to go glamping just outside the city. By the time we left, Lisa was saying “ciao” to everyone. Anyway, here’s everything we’ve written so far about Venice, Italy.
Torcello was our favorite of the three populated islands in the Venetian Lagoon. It’s not as famous as Murano or Burano (see below), but I think that might be why we liked it. Most people head to the islands to escape the crowds of Venice, and Torcello is by far the most peaceful of the three. In this article we talk about how to get there, what to expect, and how to enjoy your day trip. As you’ll see from the photography, its scenery also differs more from the rest of Venice than the other islands do.
Murano is the largest of the islands that people often visit from Venice, and it’s also the closest. You can see it from the northern shore of the main island. Murano is known for it’s amazing glass work, and it caters to tourists who would like to buy some or see how it is made. In this article, we explain how to get there using the waterbuses and we talk about a few of our favorite sites. We also explain why we think it’s the least attractive island in the lagoon for families with very young children.
You know those photos you’ve seen of the Island in Venice with all the colorful houses? That’s Burano! It’s one of the more distant islands in the Venetian Lagoon, but it’s easy to get to and it’s a goldmine for travel photography. In this post, we go over how to get there, what to expect, and what you can do to get the most out of your day trip.
Before our month in Venice, we were slightly apprehensive about staying in a canal city with a toddler who had just learned to run. In this article, we go over what we learned during out visit. We’ve listed out many of the unique aspects of Venice and how they impact family travel for good and for bad. We also provide some tips for dealing with the challenges and making the most of your time there with children.
In this post we go over all the things you can expect to see when you visit Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark’s Square) in Venice Italy. We talk about how we got our favorite shots, and give some tips for avoiding the crowds and looking for creative angles. We also were lucky to be there for Acqua Alta, the rare event in which Piazza San Marco floods with seawater due to unusually high tides. A lucky break for us photographers.
It’s trendy to dismiss things like gondola rides as tourist traps. And they definitely are tourist traps. But if you find yourself in Venice Italy, we recommend that you give it a try just once. In this post we list out the reasons that we think the pros outweigh the cons, and why it’s an experience you’d regret not having while you are there.
Even though we were taking it slow, four months of travel had left us a little tired by the time we arrived in Venice, Italy. We started looking for a way to take a little vacation from travel (as ridiculous as that sounds), and we discovered that there was a glamping facility just outside the city. We made reservations, and for a few nights we enjoyed a little quiet and luxury. It’s worth opening up this post, just to see how fancy a tent can actually get.