Venice 101

Venice is well-visited for a reason: it’s magical.

It’s the city on water, a bastion of art, culture, and seafood, a mystical, well-preserved, tourist-transformed shell of century-old grandeur. Both in the glimmering interior of the Basilica di San Marco and at the edge of the city where you find yourself alone with sky and sea, Venice has an enchantment all its own that proves its place in the pantheon of Italian cities. Sure the overpriced gelato, crowds of ignorant tourists, and endless parades of fake Prada bags may make you sick and remind you of modern world realities. But as you meander along the maze of streets with a willingness to get lost, you will find that the old museum-turned palaces, 16th-century bridges, and unexplored alleyways built on 118 wood-piled islands truly make Venice unlike any other place in the world. Whether it is the myth of gorgeous gondoliers or the allure of a future Atlantis, Venice is undeniably a must on your journey through Italy.

Buy the Book!

The Venice Top 5

  • Basilica di San Marco

    Golden domes, frescoes by the Renaissance masters, and endless rows of marble statues all have tourists craning their heads back in awe, which makes for some of the least flattering poses with jaws dropped, tongues hanging out, and hair gravitating to the floor as if just shot with a tranquilizer.

  • Ca' Rezzonico

    As you enter the Egidio Martini Picture Gallery, you’ll be greeted by paintings of strong, intelligent babies. One is walking a hyena-cougar morph on a leash, another is playing a trumpet bigger than him, and others are examining mind-boggling instruments fit for the great minds of Aristotle and Sophocles.

  • Grand Canal

    That canal in Venice. No, not that one. Or that one. The enormous, grand one. Yes.

  • Ca' D'Oro

    Bonus points if you can pick out the painting of two strong men standing like two teenage girls posing for a photo with their butts sticking out, a sight that even bleeding Jesus finds disgusting.

  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection

    While most of us go from country to country collecting ticket stubs, magnets and backpacking pains, Peggy Guggenheim chose a more sophisticated route by meeting artists and promoting their works.


Let’s Go!


Let’s Go!


Let’s Go!


Let’s Go!

Venice Blogs

407, 2015
  • Venice Youth

Is Venice Devoid of Youth?

By |July 4th, 2015|Venice|0 Comments

There's no doubt, Venice is old—the palaces, the art, the cafes, and a lot of the people. Walking around the historic districts, aside from cliques of teenage tourists, I rarely find locals my own age. It's really putting a dent in my plan to pick up a beautiful Italian girl over my short month in Italy. But during my current visit to the upbeat, bumping Generator Hostel on the island of Giudecca, I've been guided to the student "hotspots." Though Lido beach has it's fair share of raging party-goers, the real fun is in Dorsoduro. At night, [...]

107, 2015
  • Italy Gelato Let's Go

Italy Roundup: Best Food Edition

By |July 1st, 2015|Florence, Milan, Rome, Uncategorized, Venice|1 Comment

Over the past two summers, I've been to over twenty cities in Italy. Not exhaustive by any means, but as a professional tourist, I kinda know some shit about them. So in homage to my travels and my work (and because I finally remembered that I actually have a blog), the next three posts will be dedicated to the best Italy has to offer - from what I've seen anyway. To start things off, my top picks for budget food in Italy. Let's go. Best gelato: Gelateria del Teatro, Rome. Tucked away in the heart of Centro [...]

2906, 2015
  • Italy Food Language

Top 5 Words to Know in Italy: Food Edition

By |June 29th, 2015|Florence, Milan, Rome, Venice|0 Comments

Eating is fun. Ordering is stressful. But it doesn't have to be. Here are the top five words to know if you want to order food and pretend you're slightly Italian. Prego: A versatile word, kinda meaning please. What the person taking your order will say. Respond with food. Vorrei...: "I would like...". Fill in the blank with what you'd like. Pizza, arancino, sexy Italian waiter. Up to you. Questo.: "This." When vorrei fails because you have no idea what the name of that pastry is. Just point and say *questo *and you'll be golden. Il conto?: [...]

2706, 2015
  • Italy Superlatives Let's Go

Italy Roundup: City Superlatives

By |June 27th, 2015|Florence, Milan, Rome, Venice|0 Comments

Every city is special. Some are just better than others. Every city is special. Some are just better than others. It's like high school all over again. Fuck. Best beaches: Amalfi Coast. No competition. Cinque Terre and the beaches by Ancona are close runner ups though. Best nightlife: Rimini. With the largest disco in Europe and strips of clubs going every night, Rimini puts the rest of sleepy Italy to shame. Come here to drink, dance, and not remember the rest. Best public transportation: Milan. Reliable, fast, and did we mention reliable? The rest of Italy should take [...]

1306, 2014
  • Venice Lost

The Inevitable: Getting Lost in Venice

By |June 13th, 2014|Tips, Transportation, Venice|0 Comments

You will hear from just about everyone that the quintessential Venetian experience is getting lost in the maze of calle (small side streets), rios, and residential neighborhoods, walking without an aim, just hoping to explore. I'm not proud of it, but even when I'm using a map to find a new hostel I often become a victim of the city's complexity—and I've been here for 8 days already. I'm more accustomed to the New York City grid plan, or even better, my suburban hometown where you can get by only knowing 3 roads. But here, with the 118 [...]

906, 2014
  • Venice Honeymoon

“Reliving” a Venetian Honeymoon

By |June 9th, 2014|Italy, Venice|0 Comments

My parents married in New York and flew off to Italy for a honeymoon in lover's paradise. That's exactly what Venice is. I heard stories about hotels with bathtub TVs overlooking the Grand Canal, restaurants for the spenders, and a gondola ride that encapsulates the magical aura of Venice. But only now have I been able to understand how special that trip must have been 21 years ago. There's a very apparent, different, uplifting feeling when you come to a place that you know is meaningful to people with whom you are very close. On my second [...]

706, 2014
  • Venice Italy Dan Fulop

What Makes Italians Cry?

By |June 7th, 2014|Florence, Italy, Milan, Rome, Venice|0 Comments

The Italians are often viewed as a very animated, jovial, and relaxed people. From what I have experienced over my short visits to Florence, Rome, and now Venice I have also encountered Italians with these characteristics. However, it's hard for an American like me without a fundamental understanding of the Italian language besides "ciao, parla inglese?, and grazie" to distinguish between a heated argument and a friendly agreement. Yesterday as I was exploring the streets just north of Piazza San Marco after arriving in Venice earlier that morning I passed by two older men, one with a [...]

Venice was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by letsgoadmin

Get ready for your next adventure!

Sign up for our mailing list to see where we’re off to next.
(No spam, we promise!)