So you’ve found that you only have 48 hours to visit the the floating city and you have come to the right place. This guide covers everything you need to know in order to make the best out of your Venice in 48 hours adventure.
Where to berth your yacht
Through fractional yacht ownership, you have access to many yachts on the Mediterranean ocean such as Sunseeker 66 or Azimut 62. Venice has a variety of berthing locations such Venice Yacht Pier which is located on the south side of the main island.
First 24 Hours in Venice
Piazza San Marco is the main square in Venice and what better way to experience the history of this marvellous place than standing in the middle and taking in the amazing sights around you. The main sites include Basilica di San Marco, Torre Dell’Orologie and Doge’s palace. Head through the small alleyways and streets to La Mela Verde for a welcomed refreshment also known as the best gelato in Venice! Wandering around the city further, head down Ruga dei Oresi which will lead you to Ponte di Rialto, otherwise known as the world famous landmark, Rialto Bridge. You may not even know you are on it as it is difficult to see the bridge on foot! One of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal, Rialto bridge is the oldest in Venice and was completed back in 1591. There are many stores and markets along the bridge which unlike many areas of Venice is actually used by locals. The bridge serves as a major crossing point in the city and Venetians are often seen cutting through the thousands of tourists visiting the rows of souvenir stalls.
Where to stay
If you feel like sleeping in the Floating City, check into a hotel such as Hotel Rialto which is situated right on the Grand Canal ensuring that you will not miss a thing! An evening stroll around the city is a must, to take in the lights and atmosphere and maybe a Martini or two in Campo San Giacomo di Rialto.
Last 24 hours in Venice
Wake up early and fresh for a scenic Gondola Serenade trip and Canal Tour. Finally, you will be able to catch a unique glimpse of the Rialto Bridge, a site that only river travellers will witness. View Venice from the very veins that run its heart with the subtle operatic tones of the serenata. Head off the beaten path to Murano, another series of islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Here visitors can witness the colourful houses that line the canals as well as the famous glass making that occurs on the island. La Perla Ai Bisatei is a popular lunchtime haunt on the island of Murano. The lovely fresh fish dishes are popular among diners as well as the pea risotto. The atmosphere is unique, with a mixture of locals, Italian tourists and worldwide travellers seeking an authentic Venetian experience.
Glass blowing artisan in Murano
You may consider visiting some art museums on your way back to the Venice Yacht Pier. Although he was born in the Tuscan hill town of Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci spent some of his professional life in Venice after fleeing to the city after the Second Italian War. Today, many da Vinci remembrances remain throughout the city such Bartolomeo Calleoni, otherwise known as Leonardo’s Horse. The Vitruvian man is kept in the Gallerie dell’Accademie on the South Bank of the Grand Canal. Be aware that it is only displayed to the public on rare occasion, although the gallery’s collection is well worth viewing and includes works of Antonello de Messina, Rosalba Carriera and Lorenzo Lotto.