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  • Writer's pictureDon Ellis

4 Summer Days in Venice

We spent 4 days in Venice over the Fourth of July. Here are a few suggestions and tips from our experience.

Getting there

We flew into Marco Polo airport. We reserved transport via the Alilaguna water taxi. Go through the exit and then follow the signs to the water taxi. We were staying near the Rialto bridge, so we took the Orange Line (Línea Arancia) and departed at the Rialto stop. This route took about an hour.


We stayed in this Airbnb (Romantic Rialto - 2 Steps from Rialto - San Marco) right next to the Rialto bridge. It’s a 2 bedroom with a fold out couch, 2 bathrooms and a 2 living areas that was very comfortable. Arriving took a little time as we did need to arrange to meet the host in person. Our flight was delayed so we arrived around midnight and then needed to coordinate with the host to get the keys and pay a city tourist tax of 46 Euros.


The location was great. It was right next door to one of the best cafes in Venice, Caffe Del Doge. Our first day we walked around the city and explored the different neighborhoods. We went to the market (Mercado de Rialto) at Sestiere S. Polo, 122, 30125 Venezia VE. All of the restaurants are great in this area, but we opted for this one Vineria all’ Amarone. It was terrific. They prepared an olive oil sampling that was terrific.

They seemed quite easy to simply arrange for on the spot, but we reserved this Venice Private Gondola Ride on Grand Canal through this service that we arranged through Tripadvisor. It was hot and felt a little touristy, but we felt like it was something we needed to experience. The Gondolier was great and it was relatively short (45 minutes), so we checked this box.


We left Venice by train, where I am writing this post. The walk to the train wasn’t bad, about 20 minutes. Venice is a maze of streets so make sure you have a charged battery for your maps app.

Overall, Venice is a beautiful and unique city, but I would say 4 days was the right amount. There are a lot of tourists in the city, as I think Venice sees about 2 million per year, so be prepared to deal with that.

Dinner outside at Vineria all’ Amarone

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