This past summer we were able to check off a major bucket list destination—VENICE! In totally, we spent 9 days in Northern Italy, 5 days in Milan and the surrounding area (See 5 Days in Northern Italy) and the other 4 days in the Veneto Region, which includes Venice & Verona, Italy.
To really experience the Veneto Region, use Venice as your home base, then be sure and take a few days to explore the islands and area nearby.
Check out our 3-minute video summary of our 4 days in Northeast Italy!
4 Days in Northeast Italy: Veneto Region
Home Base- 2 Days in Venice
For Venice trip itinerary details read: How to Spend 2 Days in Venice
A great place to stay while exploring the Veneto Region of Italy is Venice. Venice is the capital of Veneto. The city is one of 118 small islands in the area that are all connected by boat taxis, canals, and bridges. Well known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, its beauty lives up to the hype. It is an expensive city, but you can find less expensive lodging just a few blocks away from the major canals.
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There aren’t any cars or bicycles allowed in Venice, but you can easily see all of the major tourist sites by walking or taking the fast and efficient water “buses” called vaporettos. One of the best things to see in Venice is just the city itself. Take a vaporetto for a long tour of the Grand Canal or just wander around the city on foot. The major attractions can be seen in two days, but there’s plenty to see if you want to spread a visit over a week.
Some must sees in a 2-day trip in Venice include:
- St. Mark’s Basilica
- Campanile (Bell Tower)
- Doge’s Palace
- Mercati di Rialto & Rialto Bridge
- Accademia Art Museum
- Tour the Grand Canal
- Gondola Ride
Day Trip #1- Murano and Burano
For trip itinerary details read: How to Spend 1 Day in Murano & Burano
Murano and Burano are two of the more popular islands that lie within the Venetian Lagoon. There are an abundant number of tour companies that will take you to the two islands, but that’s really not needed unless you are uncomfortable on public transportation. If you get a 3-day ferry (vaporetto) pass to use in Venice, that same pass can be used on the surrounding islands. Once on the islands, everything is within walking distance. You’ll want to spend the majority of your time on Murano and Burano just walking around, taking in the charming scenery!
Day Trip #2- Verona
For trip itinerary details read: How to Spend 1 Day in Verona
Thanks to Italy’s fast, efficient train system, a day trip to Verona is easy to schedule. Trains to Verona from Venice leave almost every hour. On our latest trip, we spent 5 days in Milan, then stopped in Verona on our way to Venice. In Verona you’ll find a castle, Roman ruins, and picturesque bridges and walkways.
Some must sees in day trip in Verona include:
- Piazza Brà
- Juliet’s House from Romeo and Juliet
- Piazza Erbe
- Torre dei Lamberit
- Ponte Pietra
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