Hi! Welcome to Complete City Guides!
My name is Patrick, I'm originally from Sydney (Australia) - and I love exploring cities (and writing about it!)
I work online in marketing, which gives me the opportunity to travel around the world full time.
So while I am away, I keep this blog updated with full travel info. I tend to stay in a city for a few months at a time, to really get to know it - then I write guides on it.
Venice is an amazing and quite unique city that everyone should visit at least once. It is one of the best cities to wander and get lost in its many back streets! Every corner looks beautiful, and despite it being full of tourists you can really feel how quiet the island of Venice really is.
There are good airport links, so after reading this post about Venice there should be nothing stopping you from booking some cheap plane tickets to Venice for next summer!
Never been to Venice? Well you should! Although there are several other Venice-like cities (a quick Google for 'cities similar to Venice' brings up lots of suggestions), no city can compare to Venice itself!
The island of Venice is worth paying the extra for and actually having your accommodation there. We did, and it was nice to be able to just walk back to our apartment every night.
There is a big main river that cuts the island in half - Grand Canal. This is where the main waterbus routes go up/down (although the water bus is quite expensive if you don't buy at least a 24 hour pass).
But of course the whole city is built on canals, and you won't be able to walk far without going over a bridge or along the side of a canal.
As well as the mainland (which we didn't explore), there are several nearby islands. The main ones are:
Both are worth a visit (do it in one day!)
There are two main airports in Venice:
There are good links, and you will have no problems getting to the island of Venice itself.
We were travelling via Ryanair, so arrived at the Treviso airport. You can either get a coach from outside the airport direct to the main Venice island (€12, ~90 minutes journey) or get a bus to the city center of Treviso (approx 10-15 min journey €2.50 per person if you buy it from the driver (cheaper if you use a ticket machine before hand), then get a train to Venice (approx 30 min journey).
If you want more details, we have a dedicated page about how to get from Treviso airport to Venice.
The main thing to do in my opinion is to just go and explore! There are tourist attractions and things to pay to enter, but you can have just as much fun walking around and people watching!
If there was any city on each that was made to be explored on foot, without a map*, then it is Venice! You can walk everywhere (Venice is small enough), and it can be fun to just pick random back streets. The main tourist sights are signposted, and there is always the big canal (or Lagoon) which you will eventually stumble upon, so it is hard to get too lost!
* but have a map for finding you way back to where you are staying!
This assumes you arrive on day 1, have 2 full days, then leave on day 4. For example, arrive on Monday afternoon, explore Venice a little on Monday evening, then have all of Tuesday & Wednesday in Venice, then fly home on the Thursday. This is, in my opinion, the perfect number of days to spend in Venice.
Assuming you arrive late one day (then have two full days after that), you should use the first evening to just wander around on foot, get some food and get a feel for the city.
It won't really matter where you walk or what direction - the first night in Venice means everything is unexplored for you!
Today is all about Venice! (Tomorrow will be about the nearby islands). The island is small, so it won't matter too much what order you decide to do things. But here is what you should be sure to not miss:
Ok, you explored most things that Venice has to offer on foot yesterday. The island is small, so what else is there to see?
For the second full day here I recommend you buy a 24 hour public transport pass. This will mean you can use the water busses as often as you like within a 24 hour period. The tickets cost (in early 2018) €20 for 24 hours. It isn't cheap but worth it! Trust me!
I feel that two full days is perfect in Venice. It isn't too big, and is so busy with tourists during the day that it would become a bit annoying with a longer stay!
I love Venice - get my tips and best things to do in Venice, straight in your email inbox!
Budapest is an amazing city with lots of things to see and do. Here is what we got up to when spending 48 hours in Budapest, checking out all the major sights and things to do!
Lumpini Park is often called "Bangkok's Central Park" - just, you know, with big scary looking Monitor Lizards! Read on to find out about what you can get up to in Lumpini Park, and how to get to Lumpini Park. And of course, important information to know about those scary looking reptiles!
The time you spend abroad on trips can be some of the best days of your life. However it can also go very bad, very quickly. There are many aspects to staying safe when abroad, but by being aware of them and thinking about them when you are on your trips you can try and avoid most problems. Here is a guide that covers everything you need to be aware of, to stay safe when abroad!
Ko Phi Phi is a small archipelago of six islands in Krabi Province, Southern Thailand. It is probably one of the most beautiful places on earth, and attracts many tourists every day. This is a guide on everything you need to know about the Phi Phi islands!
The island of Phuket is Thailand's second most popular tourist destination (after Bangkok), and nearby is another island known as Phi Phi. There are lots of confusing webpages giving false or outdated information about how to get to Phi Phi. This page clears up every option and tells you how to get to Phi Phi from Phuket.
Don't go away and realise you forgot something. Here is the ultimate packing list that covers everything you need to think about and remember, including all the must have items you must take with you when travelling! Great for short trips, city breaks or longer travels and backpacking trips, from Europe to USA to South East Asia and even Australia!
The time you spend abroad on trips can be some of the best days of your life. However it can also go very bad, very quickly. There are many aspects to staying s...
Thinking of planning a trip to Thailand? Thailand is one of my favourite destinations. Let me show you everything you need to know about Thailand, including whe...
Hi! Thanks for checking out my site! If you want to see occasional interesting travel updates so you know where your next trip should be, please click the like button below.