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NFT: Travel question - Venice

Spider56 : 3/16/2023 10:40 am
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!
No more than two days  
widmerseyebrow : 3/16/2023 10:44 am : link
I did two and it almost felt like too much. It's been a while and there's Google Maps now, but I probably spent half the time wandering around lost trying to spot something that looked familiar. All the regular maps back then were not 100% accurate.

Good luck with avoiding crowds in Venice though. Maybe late May won't be quite as crazy as June or July.
I would say 2/3 days is enough.  
Everyone Relax : 3/16/2023 10:46 am : link
It's a beautiful and fascinating city, but also always packed during prime season. It's also not particularly large so 2 full days in reality should be enough.
Grey Pilgrim : 3/16/2023 10:46 am : link
No need for more than 2 days.

We did 3 days, with 1/2-1 being mostly  
Lionhart28 : 3/16/2023 10:48 am : link
Murano, if you like to travel slowly and take your time 2-3 days is perfect.
Agree on the two days.  
DCGMan : 3/16/2023 10:50 am : link
After visiting the main strip and walking around for a day, Venice feels monotonous.
Venice is one of my favorite places  
PatersonPlank : 3/16/2023 10:57 am : link
IMO definitely worth 2 days. Its a great place to just walk, and is small enough you can get it all done. I love to sit outside after dinner in St Marks square. A number of outside bars are there and all have piano players, and these play current hits as well as piano classics. They take turns so its kind of dueling pianos. I love to sit out in the night, with the Campinale and Basilica in the background, have some expensive drinks, and just chill. For me its great.
lugnut : 3/16/2023 11:00 am : link
2 days should do it. But…

Am seeing many news stories that the canals are drying up b/c of severe drought(!)
Venice is very small.....  
George from PA : 3/16/2023 11:03 am : link
You can do it in one day....but walking Venice at night is very nice....and plenty of great places to spending a night us worth it.
2 days  
Jim in Forest Hills : 3/16/2023 11:12 am : link
is plenty
Years ago when my dad returned from Venice i asked how was it?  
gtt350 : 3/16/2023 11:16 am : link
He said like Seaside Heights
skip it  
dannyduffle : 3/16/2023 11:22 am : link
If you hate crowds you will hate Venice.
I did 4 nights and loved it.  
fuzzy : 3/16/2023 11:30 am : link
Never got bored. We saw the sights but didn't go in all of them. Much more interested in the people, cafe culture and food than museums, tours etc. Burano was far superior a visit than Murano and we had a fantastic lunch there. Prettier with the painted houses. We also did three nights at Lake Garda in Malchesine. This was one of our best stops in all of our travels. Malchesine is in the north part of the lake surrounded by mountains and provided easy access to the ferry system. The gondola trip up Mount Baldo is not to be missed. Feel free to DM for any specific question. Have fun!
Don't rush it  
Lurts : 3/16/2023 11:31 am : link
it's one of my favorite places, like no other.As you know, there are no cars in are walking or taking the vaporetto (water bus).

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.)
Lurts : 3/16/2023 11:33 am : link
Into the past
2 days max  
DC Gmen Fan : 3/16/2023 12:25 pm : link
Thanks for the good comments.  
Spider56 : 3/16/2023 1:07 pm : link
We also have a few separate days planned at Lake Garda, staying just outside Bardolino.
Venice is a love it or hate it city...  
BC Eagles94 : 3/16/2023 1:19 pm : link
as you can see just from the responses on this thread. I love it. I'm an Italian citizen and have been to Italy several times now. When it came to honeymoon I wanted coastal (did Amalfi coast and Taormina, Sicily)...but also wanted to show my wife (visiting Italy for first time) one city...and it wasn't Rome or Florence, it was Venice. Venice is the only city I have returned to as an adult on my dime.

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.
Venice is one of those unique places, you just don't see places  
PatersonPlank : 3/16/2023 1:31 pm : link
like this anywhere. A lot of cities look the same roughly, but not Venice. Take the train into the station, walk outside and you are on the Grand Canal. Take a water taxi down the canal to your hotel. I think its incredible.
Venice is beautiful...  
Chris in Philly : 3/16/2023 1:34 pm : link
but if you like to avoid crowds, man it ain't for you. Especially with a regatta...
FatMan in Charlotte : 3/16/2023 2:04 pm : link
one day is fine and you could spend the extra time going to Modena, Bologna and Parma. I see you have Verona already listed - that's great too.
Agree with BC  
NY17NE14 : 3/16/2023 6:03 pm : link
Love or hate it...I've been twice and loved each trip.

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.
All / thanks again for your comments. We’ve been to Europe  
Spider56 : 3/16/2023 11:03 pm : link
many times and are excited to visit the Veneto region. This trip is planned for 14 days, staying outside Venice in Abano for 9 nights then on Lake Garda for 5. Looking forward to lots of great food and liters of prosecco.
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