A city where roads are replaced by canals and boats act as cars. Now that’s something I had to see.
Something that seemed maybe too good to be true, but upon arrival in Venice it all becomes very real. When you arrive a little out of the city and are tasked with the job of finding your way ‘home’, the journey really begins. A little walk and a water bus to your nearest stop is all it takes, but it’s all very surreal.
Made up of over 100 islands in a lagoon on the Adriatic sea, no amount of videos or pictures can prepare you for this special city.
Similar to Florence in its architecture, houses are beautifully structured and each alley-like pathway leads to bridges overlooking the quaint canals that weave throughout the city.
We_Crocfieri was our place of stay in Venice, and it was an ideal location to experience the whole of the city. Based in the core of Venice, the hotel has a rating of 9/10 on Hostelworld, and rightly so.
Much like the rest of the city, the building is nothing ordinary. A recently restored ancient monastery, dating back to the 12th century, the explanation speaks for itself.
Rooms are contemporary, very spacious and the natural high ceilings with large windows add to the Venetian experience. Bathrooms are en-suite, rooms have very good lighting and also have living areas. Some rooms even come with a kitchenette.
Bed are very comfortable and rooms are cleaned daily. We_Crocfieri provide a free breakfast and due to the links with students, there are desks in rooms, as well as libraries and study areas around the site.
Quick Tip: We_Crocfieri is pet friendly upon request. Check the guidelines when booking.
We_Crocfieri has a multilingual reception, that are more happy to assist or suggest things to do in the city. There is also a cafe / bar open throughout the day and the courtyard the building surrounds is the perfect setting for a great start, middle or end to your day.
The city itself is heaped in beauty, and there’s no better way to take it all than with a gondola ride. Trips last around 30 minutes and can fit up to six people in each boat. The going rate is 80 euros per trip, and is imposed by all gondoliers. But that doesn’t mean some can’t be swayed into giving you a cheaper ride, but be prepared to walk around a little to get the right price. We managed to get our gondolier down to 60 euros!
Quick Tip: Ignore busy Gondola stops with numerous boats. There are less busy ones close to We_Crocfieri who are more likely to budge on price.
The cities main square, Piazza San Marco is home to St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Campanile bell tower. All three are landmarks in the city and well worth the visit. For just 8 euros you can climb to the top on the bell tower and look over the whole of the city.
Galleries, boutique stores, restaurants and old churches are around nearly every corner. But if like us, you’re on a budget, Dal Moro’s Pasta to go is responsible for good Italian food and definitely won’t break the bank.
All in all, Venice is a special city and somewhere i’d advise everyone to experience for at least a day…