Venice: Our Short Break With Pictures

Did I mention that I visited Venice recently for a short break.  Oh, you heard! Sorry about that.  I’m getting old, and repeat myself a lot these days.  If you caught my post about ‘How To Visit Venice On A Budget’, you’ll already know that money was a consideration when booking the trip.  I’ve also shared with you how we got on eating in Venice, as lots of people commented on Instagram about their hit and miss experiences of food in the city.


When you go to a beautiful city like Venice, one thing that you come back with is a lot of is photos.  I couldn’t help but take a snap at every opportunity.  My poor friend probably found it a little bit tedious by the end of our trip.  It might also have played a part in cutting it fine with catching the bus back to the airport, but it was only one of the factors.  Getting the wrong boat back from Burrano was mostly to blame, I’m sure.

Grand Canal Venice

As we visited in October, we took a slight risk with the weather.  I’m personally not a fan of it being overly hot, especially when there is a lot of walking involved, so it’s a risk I’m happy to take.  The weather was pretty good to us to be honest, with a bit of a cloudy start to the trip, brightening up to beautiful sunshine, with only one slight shower as we were leaving.  What we ended up with was perfect walking weather, so there really wasn’t a lot to complain about.


As I have so many pictures from the trip, I really wanted this post to be about sharing what we saw.  It seems a shame to have so many snaps, and for them never to make it off the SD card, as they didn’t quite fit with the posts I’ve already written about the trip.

St Marks Square venice

As we were staying in Mestre, our daily itinerary for Venice began at Piazza Roma, at the top of Grand Canal.  This is a good place to start, as it gives good access to the city either via public transport or on foot.  We were both keen to see St Mark’s Square, so headed to the San Marco district when we arrived.  This is a very touristy area, but one of those boxes you have to tick if you know what I mean.

San Marco Basilica

If ever there was a record for how quickly you could tick that box, we probably set it right then in our whistle stop visit.  We had already agreed that we weren’t overly excited by going into the museums, so after a few photos, we headed over the bridge to Dorsodoro, where another Basilica had caught our eye.  As there was no queue and it was free to enter, we decided to explore.

Basilica Grand Canal

After a little more sight seeing, we took the boat along Grand Canal as evening started to creep in.  Now, we were incredibly tired, and perhaps a boat trip wasn’t the best move, but our feet needed a rest and it was nice to see the buildings lit up at night.  There came a point where we could take no more of the swaying boat and it’s rather noisy engine, and made our escape a few stops away from Piazza Roma in search of food before getting the tram back to the hotel to get a good night’s sleep.

Grand Canal at night

The next day took us in the direction of the Ghetto, with more churches, canals and a visit to the cemetery and Murano.  We weren’t overly impressed with Murano, if I’m honest.  We popped into a few glass shops, and stopped at a very overpriced restaurant for a drink.  I wish I had spotted the sign in the window asking guests not to put any reviews on Trip Advisor, especially critical ones about their service and attitude.  At least we only ordered a drink!  It could have been a lot worse.

Venice Cemetery Island

When we got back to the mainland, we strolled some more, before stopping for a pre dinner spritz.  This was my first experience of the apersol spritz, and it was definitely a drink I could grow to like, a lot.


Our final day in Venice seemed to go by so quickly.  When you are due to leave a place, the time just seems to run a way with you.  We seemed to get everything wrong with our map reading, and public transport choices.  We had become complacent, thinking we had nailed this city when it came to getting around, but Venice definitely had the last laugh proving to us that it really was a maze after all.


After a little detour, we managed to get the boat to Mazzorbo, but when we went to get off a women asked me a question and we became distracted.  As we dawdled trying to alight the boat, the door was closing and the boat was on it’s way to the next stop.  Fortunately Burrano is only a short walk from Mazzorbo, but still it was a detour we could have done without.


After another of those leisurely Italian lunches we had become accustomed too, we meandered into Burrano to explore the island.  Now our lack of time really was catching up with us, and we were disappointed we would be leaving this colourful island so soon.  We headed back to the boat stop, and instead of actually taking notice of which boat we were getting on, we just followed the crowd.  Well it turns out the crowd were getting on the boat that literally went around all the islands, and it’s final stop was San Marco.  If you aren’t in a rush then the stroll back to Piazza Roma is a pleasant one.  If you have a bus to catch, all of a sudden it becomes more of a chore.

Burrano, Venice

The map offered us a quicker route back than we had previously used, through Santa Croce.  This new district offered so many photo opportunities that a few snaps along the way had to be taken.  We got to Piazza Roma, and made a dash for the tram sitting a the stop.  We need not have run quite so fast, as the tram sat there for a further 20 minutes, definitely not what we needed!  When we got to the hotel, they said we wouldn’t make the bus if we used the tram and booked us a taxi.  We waited, and we waited and no one arrived.


This is when the hotel really stepped up and the concierge took us in their own mini bus and we made it to Mestre Train Station just in time to catch our bus.  That was a bit of a life saver in some respects, as we would have been looking at a pretty expensive taxi to get us to Treviso airport for our flight.


Despite a more challenging final day in Venice than either of us would have liked, we still had a really good trip.  One more day there would probably have made it perfect, so we weren’t rushing quite so much at the last minute and to make sure we had ticked all the tourist boxes we wanted to tick.

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Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. November 18, 2016 / 10:28 am

    As I am writing up my Venice weekend getaway too this post has come at the right time. My friend and I also had our own mishap with Venice (got lost) lol. We only had one da so we didnt get to see all of the places you did. Awesome post
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  2. Margaret Gallagher
    November 18, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    You are welcome to repeat as much as you wish
    Perfect destination x

  3. November 19, 2016 / 10:14 am

    It looks like such a beautiful place and I was just saying to my husband the other day that we really should go as it’s not far. We weren’t too sure that this time of year would be great for a visit but it looks like you had an amazing time!
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  4. November 19, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    I went to Venice a long time ago but also went in October. I thought it was perfect – not too busy and fairly warm. Very jealous of all these photos. Looks beautiful as always.

  5. Cydney
    November 20, 2016 / 7:36 am

    Ahh I’ve always wanted to go to Venice! This looks absolutely perfect, sounds like you had a great time!

  6. Margaret Gallagher
    November 20, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Love reliving Venice through your eyes

  7. Abigail Cullen
    November 20, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    What a lovely place, glad you had a nice time, loving the photos taken all lit up on the canals at night, very pretty, and enchanting.

  8. November 21, 2016 / 6:31 am

    Venice is somewhere I have always wanted to visit, but never got to yet. Beautiful pictures Zena, love the night shots 🙂

  9. November 21, 2016 / 9:24 am

    What a difficult last day and something I could totally see happening to us. I am glad you made it in the end and the hotel helped out. I love Venice, one of my favourite cities. Must go back and visit soon x
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  10. November 21, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I do love Italy and Venice is on the list but it’s behind Rome and Florence, so maybe some day.

  11. Jo McPherson
    November 21, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    I visited Venice when I was seven with my grandparents, and have lovely memories. I’d love to visit again

  12. November 21, 2016 / 10:45 pm

    That’s mad about the trip advisor request! That would make me want to put up a review! Have never been to Venice but it’s definitely on the bucket list.

  13. Laura Tovey
    November 22, 2016 / 9:57 am

    Wow, some gorgeous photos! l Looks like a fabulous time was had.

  14. William Gould
    November 22, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Venice is one of the few places left on our “must visit one day” list! Though we do prefer the very short flight to Amsterdam these days…

  15. Angela Key Milnes
    November 22, 2016 / 10:22 am

    I haven’t been there but I would love to go there someday with my family. This is one of the beautiful place and want to add on my bucket list

  16. November 22, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    It looks like a beautiful place to visit. Some lovely photos, no wonder you took so many, there is so much beauty there!
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  17. November 22, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning! All the colours make Venice look so vibrant and alive. I’d really love to visit someday – we had a gorgeous trip to Florence some years back and I loved Italy very much.

  18. Richard Eldred Hawes
    January 26, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    A place that I have never been but one that I would love to go to sometime

  19. Rachel Butler
    June 18, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Venice looks like a wonderful city! I would absolutely love to visit here sometime xo

  20. Kayleigh Watkins
    December 2, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    It looks absolutely beautiful, sounds like you had an amazing time, I’d love to visit Venice xxx

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