Venice Travel: Getting Off The Beaten Path

venice travel: getting off the beaten path

Venice, Italy Travel Guide

Venice is by far one of the most exciting places to go in Europe. Especially for tourists and travellers who read the picturesque magazins, promising blogs or fancy instagram posts. However, there is far more than that in Venice. The city will amaze you by its stunning architecture, it will make you feel lost in its web of streets and charm you by secrecy and thrill of venetian masks

Venice is spectacular, and also small. There isn’t that much space for all the people that visit it. You can dream of getting yourself walk around San Marco piazza, but the reality is much different and way less exciting. 

You’ll learn some important tips that may help you with planning your trip to Venice. This will include:

  • how to save time,
  • when to visit what place,
  • other places that are off beaten path.

Let’s take a different kind of Venice tour, shall we?

Secret Paths In Venice (Top 5)

There’s no shame in visiting the most popualr sights. I mean, they’re popular for a reason, right? That’s why I made a travel guide list, that will make sure you get the best of both worlds. 

If you’re hoping to stray away from the touristic crowds, but also enjoy soem of the most finest architectural creations, you’re on the right place.

1. Piazza San Marco, Venezia

Piazza San Marco is definitely one of these incredibly crowdy places where everyone goes to take a picture. Maybe you’re familiar with some other famous places and you respect the fact that you must wait before enjoying the view or making a happy memory. 

It doesn’t work that way here. 

You can’t stand in a queue, because there’s no queue. There’s just bunch of people standing everywhere you look at and trying to get to see something up-close. 

TIP: The situation isn’t that bad a bit later, even in summer it gets less crowdy. However, the best option for you is to get there by sunrise. 

The views are amazing, there are just couple photographers there and the view is worth the early waking up. 

What is Piazza San Marco famous for?

I guess you become famous when Napoleon (allegedly) tells that you’re a Drawing room of Europe. 

People argue that Piazza San Marco is one (if not the only) most beautiful squares in the world. Well, you need to judge for yourself. 

The truth is, San Marco looks good in any weather, any season, so book a flight and go see it!

2. The bridge with no parapet

The bridge with no parapet in Venice is originally called Ponte Chiodo. However among travellers, the first name got more used.

Ponte Chiodo is also known as the bridge of drunks, because allegedly it was built as a test for drunk people. If they managed to walk the bridge without falling into the water, they were considered sober.

The best part of this is, you can thoroughly check it out because this place isn’t very touristy. It is located in Cannaregio quarter, which is quite quiet, but still very nice and beautiful.

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Ponte Chiodo, alias bridge without a parapet
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Venice is the city of balls, gowns, masks and the thrill of unusual

3. Cannaregio Quarter + Canal

Cannaregio quarter is located right near the sea, pretty close to San Marco. This means you can easily enjoy your time at San Marco, go grab some coffee at those super expensive cafeterias right on the square. Then walk just a couple of minutes, while enjoying the view of the islands that can be seen from here, and voila! Cannaregio!

There are more things to look for here.

Firstly, the canal. it’s quite a big canal, that can be used by smaller boats.  It is the second biggest canal in Venice.

Cannaregio quarter also has many little spots that are great for taking pictures or just sit down for a moment and eat your food (which is forbidden near the canals, by the way). 

If you also want to see a different kind of architecture in Venice, go here. This is the quarter of Venice with those colourful houses!

cannaregio

4. Burano Island: Meet the most colourful houses

Burano Island is one of the most colourful place in Venice. Those pastel, yet bright colourful houses you see all over the internet are probably from here. The alternative to Burano is Cannaregio, but there aren’t as many houses there as here.

You can go there by vaporetto, it takes only 45 minutes. 

TIP:  Important tip is to don’t confuse Burano with Murano, another island near Venice that is famous for the special glass-making technique. Don’t buy things like glass on airport or from scammy looking salesmen. Rather go to Murano and buy original italian made glass.

burano island venice travel

5. Castello: The most beautiful yet undiscovered

I can’t believe no one is talking about Castello. That’s been my favourite place from all in Venice. I loved it so much , because it was quiet, untouristy, nice, beautiful and calm. 

We saw many locals there, just walking around, getting on water taxi, or just going to buy their groceries. 

There’s aslo a little port in this part of the city, with various boats and equipment. I was there two times and wanted to come the third but ut was quite remote from the train station. Maybe next time.

However, you really should see this part of the city, there are parks, churches, cathedrals and so on. 

It feels like a hidden garden here, just waiting for you to discover it.

venice travel: getting off the beaten path

Venice is unbelievable beautiful. However, sometiems we jsu twat to get off the beaten path or trail and see what else is there. This Venice travel guide introduces this option as well as offers you some places to see here. 

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Burano Island

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