Hi guys and girls,
I am getting married in Umbria next week (!) and leaving for Italy this Friday. We have spent so long planning the wedding and coordinating guests that we haven't really spent any time on our honeymoon at all! (which we are having straight afterwards).
As part of our honeymoon, we are visiting Venice for 2 and a half days. Not much time I know, but this is the plan I throw together.
(It is based on existing itineraries I found, tweaked to include what I consider to be the main sights and most interesting experiences Venice has to offer for honeymooners)
I would like to know:
1) your thoughts obviously :)
2) How to book the "secret itineraries" tour in advance?
• Be at the Basilica di San Marco before it opens at 9:45am; admire its treasures and the thousands of square feet of glittering mosaics
• Be at the Doge's Palace by 11:35pm to take (pre-booked) "Secret Itineraries" tour for an insider's glimpse.
• Afterwards ride the elevator up inside the Campanile di San Marco for stupendous city panoramas.
• Stop for lunch
• After lunch, tour the Ca' d'Oro, a glorious private palace on the Grand Canal now turned into a museum and art gallery. Cross the Rialto Bridge to see the dozens of Tintoretto paintings in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, then round off the day with an amble through the Rialto Market.
• Wander the streets aimlessly - and get "lost exploring the city."
• To avoid the tourist crowds, head deep into the residential neighbourhoods of Castello (especially in the eastern half); northern Cannaregio, especially the Ghetto (the medieval Jewish quarter); and La Giudecca, another large Venetian island not connected to the rest by any bridge.
• Cross the Grand Canal into the Dorsoduro neighbourhood to spend the afternoon engaged in some art appreciation. Visit the Accademia Gallery for its collection of Old Masters paintings, then continue to the nearby Peggy Guggenheim for one of Europe's best galleries of early modern works from the 20th century. If time, try to squeeze in a visit to the Ca' Rezzonico, another historic patrician palace restored with a small painting gallery.
• Spend the evening with a gondola ride. After dinner, sit on Piazza San Marco to listen to the trios playing at the tables.
Day 3 (half day - flight at 3pm)
•A circle tour of the best outlying island in the Venetian lagoon.
•Start with Murano, a miniature Venice and home to the
lagoon's famed glass-blowing workshops. Continue on to Burano, a quiet fishing village famous for its hand-tatted lace and for the wonderfully clashing colours of its houses.
•End up on Torcello, a glimpse of what Venice must have looked like when the canals still had mud banks, but which was once a glorious city larger than Venice itself of which all that remains is a gloriously mosaic in the Byzantine church in the middle.
• Motor back to Venice in the afternoon to see the bell-towers of the city and sparkling streamers across the waters of the lagoon.