Let’s get back to our “If you had one day in…” series where readers help each other with the best tips for a destination. Recommend only the top things you would do if you had just one day. We’re not looking for run-of-the-mill. We’ve already covered:
Venice is one of my all-time favorite cities. Sure, I haven’t been everywhere yet. But, Venice keeps calling me back. I recall the first time my wife and I scheduled a visit there. Folks told us we wouldn’t like it, that the city smelled because of the canals and was overrun with tourists. We scheduled a fairly short stop there during our first Italy trip and immediately regretted it. We ended up changing our schedule to spend one less day in Florence so we could spend more time in Italy. Not a perfect compromise, because Florence is a beautiful city as well.Gel
We’ve since been back on multiple occasions and can’t wait to go again. For us, a perfect day in Venice if we only had one would start and end at the Hotel Danieli. Located not far from San Marco Square it remains our favorite SPG hotel. It may be the reason I keep a stash of Marriott Rewards points now that the merger is complete. We love the hotel, from the skeleton keys used to open the hotel rooms to breakfast on the roof.
I relied on my family to come up with suggestions for this post. Our kids love Venice as much as my wife and I do. Some of their suggestions:
- Breakfast in San Marco Square with the pigeons. A favorite for our kids. My wife wants to enjoy a cup of coffee while they chase the pigeons.
- Getting lost in the alleys of Venice.
- Riding a gondola.
- Eating plenty of gelato.
- Heading to Murano to look at stained glass.
- Dinner at Antico Pignolo, our special restaurant.
My daughter specifically noted “getting pooped on by a pigeon”. That’s exactly what happened to her in Venice. Clearly, she wasn’t thrilled when it happened. But, she loved Venice so much, she even has fond memories of the pigeons!
At the end of the day, whether we were staying at the Danieli or not, we’d enjoy a cocktail in the lobby of the Hotel Danieli. Such a fabulous venue to wrap up a great day in Venice.
We love, love, love Venice. We can’t get enough of it.
What would you do with one day in Venice?
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