We like to travel at a slow pace and avoid crowds as much as possible. How many days do we need for Venice? The top 3 musts are Murano, St Marks and the Doges’ Palace. Also, there’s a spring regatta scheduled for the time we’re there. ((Late May), is it worth it?
We already have full days planned for Lake Garda, Verona, Vicenza, Padua, the Eugenia Hills and the Prosecco Road. Thanks!
Good luck with avoiding crowds in Venice though. Maybe late May won't be quite as crazy as June or July.
Am seeing many news stories that the canals are drying up b/c of severe drought(!)
It's a trip back into an earlier world, and the vibe gets stronger, more beautiful, as you settle into it. The city is sinking, literally and met (into the past). It gives a great person life if you don't just rush to the "sights". (But there is.plenty to see.)
I think it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, absolutely incredible. I love to walk while in cites on vakay, and there is no better place to do it. Just wandering through the maze of pedestrian only streets and walkways. Get off the beaten path and just take the incredible place in. Are the crowds in San Marco pretty wild? Sure. But when you see it you will know why. And another tip...stay in Venice! When all the rotten day-trippers leave, this magical place clears out and becomes a different place.
I most recently did 3 full days in Venice, not including travel days. I thought that was perfect. Can you get away with 2? Sure. You have to go with the time you have. But I think 2 is too little and 3 is the sweet spot. For those who tell you one day is enough or even two is a little much, they really don't know shit about Venice and are missing most of what Venice has to offer. Plain and simple. As in addition to the main part of Venice you even the cool day trips to the islands of Venice as well.
2/3 days are fine. Suggest using their public water transit, ACTV water buses. Inexpensive and convienient. Plus they run to Murano and Burano. That adventure will fill up a large portion of the day but if the weather is nice, a must do IMO.