During the summer I was fortunate enough to visit one of the most iconic cities the world has to offer, Venice. The only catch to this was that I had 10 hours to do it.
I’d woken up in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana (4am-ish), and caught a bus that arrived in Venice just in time for breakfast. This was the second time I’ve visited the city and it definitely will not be the last.
If you’re doing Venice on a budget, like I was, my key advice to you would be to avoid any kind of sit down meal. Venice is a huge tourist trap and unless you have the money to dine on overpriced foods and drinks, then I’d suggest a grab and go type situation to be the better option.
We started the day by grabbing a croissant and coffee from a small bakery, upon arrival. There are lots of cheap bakeries dotted around Venice so you won’t struggle to find your bargain breakfast. Once you’ve grabbed your food, there are plenty of places you can sit and take in the scenery.
After breakfast we managed to walk around the whole of the city, covering sights such as the Grand Canal, Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Rialto Bridge. Like New York City, walking through Venice gives you a feeling like you’ve been there before, oozing familiarity.
For lunch, we visited a local supermarket and built our own baguettes. We bought a variety of cheese and meats and had a picnic underneath the San Marco Campanile, perhaps one of the most iconic lunches of my summer. This is a great money saver and it also boasted one of the most beautiful lunch views in the world, I’d highly recommend this cheap style of dining.
If you’re worrying that you won’t be able to cover the city in a day like I did, trust me you can! It was a scorching 35 degrees in Venice during my visit, if I can trek around with a huge backpack all day (with very unfortunate sweat patches) and still see all of the sights and beauty Venice has to offer, so can you.
Obviously we didn’t see everything possible, there were museums and churches that we did not pay entry for (as we were trying to cut our losses), but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!
Before we knew it, it was time to leave The Floating City and head to the Italian capital of Rome, I had a brilliant time in Venice and cannot emphasise enough it’s uniqueness, it’s a bucket-list essential.