20 Photos That Will Inspire You to Explore Venice on Foot

When I began planning my trip through Europe, I knew I wanted to make it to Venice at some point. After taking a look at the hotel and Airbnb prices, I realized it wouldn’t be smart to actually stay in Venice because it was way too expensive. Not to mention, moving around with luggage is not an easy feat, and taking a water taxi would jack up the cost even more. So, I opted to stay in one of the towns on mainland Italy and take the train in to the city. Originally I thought to stay in Mestre or Padua, but when I looked at train tickets from Munich, I realized I would have to change trains at least once in order to get there. The only direct train in that direction stopped in Verona before continuing further south. So I thought, why not stay in Verona, drop my luggage there and then take the train to Venice for the day? I’ll also get to explore Verona for a bit as well. It was the perfect plan : no switching trains, no carrying luggage through Venice, perfect for my budget, and I get to add an additional city to my trip!

I arrived to Verona late on Saturday night, checked into my hotel and got up early the morning to take the train to Venice the next day. The only thing I didn’t account for was how delayed the trains depart in Italy. I had purchased a Trenitalia RV2713 ticket departing Verona at 9:21am for Venice, and we didn’t end up leaving until 35 minutes later! Even an Italian man seemed annoyed by this on the train as I sat patiently waiting. I don’t speak Italian so I’m not sure what the hold up was, but from what I saw around the internet, this is really common in Italy. In any case, the journey was just over an hour long, and I had the rest of the day to explore the island until my return train after sunset around 6pm.

I Google-mapped the walking distance from the Venice train station to the Venice Biennale which are on total opposite ends of the island! 55 minutes. I usually walk faster than Google maps, so I thought, let’s do it! If I’m really exhausted at the end of the day, I can always take the water taxi on the return trip.

The one thing I learned about Venice on this day is that you will get lost, even with the trusty Google Maps app. Of course, getting lost in Venice simply means running into a turquoise canal or a beautiful hidden corner! My long and indirect walk to Giardini Park in the eastern part of Venice obviously took longer than Google Maps predicted because I stopped to take so many photos. Below find a dear photo diary of my day in Venice…

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice Hotel Londra Palace, Italy

Venice Piazza San Marco, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice Servizo Gondole

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice Trattoria Sempione, Italy

Venice at dusk

Venice, Italy at dusk

Venice, Italy at night

Be sure to check out all my photos from my walk inside the 2015 Venice Biennale.

November 03, 2015

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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