I found out about a month ago that my friend Perry and his sister Shelly would be in Venice the same time as I’d be in Italy, so we made plans to meet for a day. We made plans the night before as without having international phone plans, we wouldn’t be able to communicate the next day. My train arrived at 8:18 AM so we met then on the train station steps over looking this gorgeous welcoming view.
Perry had read about a coffee shop for us to try, so per our typical coffee crawling/blogging ritual together, we stopped for coffee first at Torrefazione Cannaregio.
As we stepped into the tiny space packed with people, we felt the confusion of not knowing where to order. We assumed we were in line waiting our turn, but as Italians passed us for the bar to order, I remembered that the Italian style is to walk up to an open spot at the bar to order and drink, all while standing at the bar. There’s not always an option to sit, and rarely an option to take away.
We hopped into a spot as soon as it opened and when the barista approached us, we ordered a couple espressos, a cappucino and a shakerato (cold coffee). The cappuccino was one of my favorites that I’ve had in Italy.
After caffinating, we started to roam the city. Our goal was to find breakfast, but we were more successful at getting lost and taking pictures for the next hour or so.
You could even say we were successful at getting lost at dead end roads with docks and getting kicked out of gardens by sweet smiling Italian grandmas who told us we were tresspassing.
The bakeries are easy to spot as their windows are lined with pastries, and we eventually stumbled upon one for a traditional Italian breakfast.
We continued wandering through Venice making our way to the Piazza San Marco, the popular square often seen in pictures flooded with pigeons.
In the Piazza San Marco, there’s a museum called Museo Correr. We went inside for a view of the square, and to purchase tickets to go to the top of Torre dell’Orologio, the clock tower.
We walked through the museum and grabbed some sandwiches so we didn’t have to go back out into the humidity and crowds in search of lunch. This was also a good opportunity to take advantage of restrooms and outlets for charging phones and cameras.
We had a couple hours left until our tour for the clock tower, so we went to a spot recommended by Perry and Shelly’s hotel. On the map, it’s the island just south of Piazza San Marco. We found some gondolas for €2 that would take us across.
Once on the island we made our way to the point, where there was a panoramic view of Venice.
At 4 PM we took our tour to the top of Torre dell’Orologio with a view of Piazza San Marco and the cathedral.
We spent the evening by another famous area: the Rialto Bridge. There’s a hole in the wall pizza spot there that sells huge slices for €3 so we did that for dinner. I recommend having a plan for food: doing research and figuring out the good spots and what you are willing to spend. Venice is a big tourist city, so there’s a lot of low quality expensive food at restaurants that charge a cover. We tried to go to coffee in Piazza San Marcos and one coffee was €10 plus each person had to pay €6 for the live music, which wasn’t worth our budget.