Today's Everyday Fashion: Venice Travel Tips

Venice, Italy outfit
Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy outfit
Venice, Italy Saint Marks Bascilica

Venice was the first stop on our trip. Walking out of the train terminal, I audibly gasped at the beauty in front of me. To be honest, I had heard mixed reviews about Venice. Some friends consider it their favorite city in Italy, while others are not a big fan. True, it is very crowded and feels like a "big city" (it reminded me a lot of the North End in Boston, where I used to live), but it also has so many positive traits. The unique, winding streets, watching gondolas float by, and the ridiculously gorgeous Saint Marks Basilica, to name a few. My favorite part, though? Taking a day trip to Burano which is only about an hour away via ferry. (Burano is my version of a rainbow-colored heaven, check out our pictures here.)

Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy outfit -Rialto Bridge

While we didn't stay long, we wanted to compile a few tips for traveling to Venice. Please share anything we may have missed in the comment section!

  • Our initial question was "how long should we stay in Venice?" We settled on two nights, but I wish we had stayed three. You only need one day to see Venice, and then I'd recommend another full day to take the Vaporetto (ferry) to Burano and surrounding areas.
  • The Vaporetto leaves from the same train station you likely arrived at, Venezia S. Lucia. There is luggage storage located near Platform 1 where you can pay to store your luggage. Your ticket gets you on-and-off access all day long, for stops throughout Venice, as well as Burano (my favorite) and Murano (aka "Glass Island"). The Cimitero (cemetery) island looked like a really intriguing stop, too. If you're headed to Burano, go earlier in the day if possible, or give yourself plenty of time. When we were leaving there was a line of a couple hundred (!) people trying to get on a boat to Burano (from Murano, where you have to connect).
  • Another big question was "where should we stay?" We wound up booking an AirBnb apartment that was close to the train station, which was perfect. I would recommend staying as close to the train as possible so you can skip the water taxi and walk to your lodging. The streets are super bumpy and full of stairs/bridges, though, so you may want to consider hiring one of the porters that hang out in front of the train station to take your luggage. (I wish we had!)
  • The two main points of interest in Venice are the Rialto Bridge and Saint Marks Basilica (Piazza San Marco) which are located only a few minutes apart. Saint Marks is free to get inside, but you cannot take bags. They have a luggage office, but they won't take cameras or valuables. This presented a problem, because JJ's backpack is specifically for his camera, so he was stuck. We wound up taking turns walking through the church while the other sat outside with the backpack.
  • Weather the first week of April was pretty chilly the first day, and pretty warm the next. (A range of somewhere in the neighborhood of 55-70 degrees F.) You may notice that in every picture my hands are in my pockets, which is because they were cold! (And I'm looking to the side because it was crowded, so I had someone staring me down trying to move in so they could take a picture, no matter where we went. Consider it my awkward "hurry up and take the photo face." ;-) ) Besides my hands being cold, I was very comfortable in this outfit. Most people were dressed very casually, in jeans, hoodies and sneakers.
Venice, Italy
 
Venice, Italy outfit
 

Jacket: Wilson's Leather, $150
Top: J.Crew, $60 (identical)
Jeans: Hudson/Nordstrom Rack, $79 (similarsimilar)
Belt: Limited, $15 (similarsimilar)
Shoes: Coach c/o Amazon, $60
Purse: My Stella & Dot
Sunglasses: Jessica Simpson c/o Ross, $10 (similar)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Top and belt are 1 year ago. Jacket, jeans, shoes, purse are 6 months ago.

Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
 
Venice, Italy outfit
 

At the end of our trip we'll be sharing an "Italy Travel Guide" with general tips for things like etiquette, traveling between cities, etc. These are our Venice-specific recommendations. Do you have any tips for Venice that we missed?

Today's Everyday Fashion: Burano, Italy

Burano, Italy - Polka dot skirt
Burano, Italy
Burano, Italy - polka dot skirt

Burano is my version of heaven. The dazzling rainbow colors. The still, quiet streets. The salty sea air, the sun shining brightly. We visited the island - about an hour's boat ride from Venice - on our second day in Italy and I'm pretty sure I was walking on a cloud the entire time we were there.

This being the very beginning of our trip, I had my pick of all the outfits in my suitcase. The day before was quite cold, so layering a turtleneck sweater and jacket seemed necessary, and being without an iron (our travel steamer fried within one second of plugging it in) meant this particular look won because it didn't need to be pressed. By midday, it was quite warm so I removed the jacket, threw on a black sleeveless crop top and tied my turtleneck around my shoulders. (See how I wore it that way on the train, below. And see the same crop top and skirt together last year here.)

If you're ever in Venice, be sure to visit Burano, too. My only regret is that we didn't have more time to spend there. Although I am in the process of convincing JJ to move there with me. Kidding... kind of. It really is as surreal and picturesque as it looks!

Jacket: H&M, $25 (similarsimilar)
Sweater: J.Crew Factory, $36
Crop top: H&M, $10 (similar, similar, similar)
Skirt: old boutique c/o, $20 (identical)
Shoes: Nine West c/o Amazon, $70
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Stein Mart, $149 (samesame)
Hat: JCPenney c/o, $13
Sunglasses: Francesca's, $12 (similarsimilar)
Earrings: Kate Spade outlet, $15 (same)
Approx. dates: Skirt is 2 years ago. Crop top is 1 year ago. Jacket, sweater are 6 months ago. Shoes are new.

Burano, Italy
Burano, Italy - polka dot skirt
Burano, Italy
 
 

Today's Everyday Fashion: Out of Season Shopping

 
Blush bodysuit, silver sequin skirt
Blush bodysuit, silver sequin skirt
Blush bodysuit, silver sequin skirt
Blush bodysuit, silver sequin skirt
 
 
Inspiration: Banana Republic

Inspiration: Banana Republic

 

Today's look is for a holiday party... but it's only April. I wore this sequin skirt for Christmas Eve with a red sweater and flats, and have been wanting to figure out more ways to wear it ever since. I got the idea of a wrap bodysuit into my head so when I spotted the exact style I was imagining I went ahead and ordered it even though the holidays are months away. The only downside to shopping this far in advance? It can be a little risky because you don't always wind up wearing something if you don't wear it immediately. I took some photos of how I plan on wearing it to help me decide, and the jury is still out! 

Bodysuit: Macy's, $48 (similar below)
Skirt:  J.Crew Factory, $38 (similar below)
Shoes: Wet Seal c/o, $9 (similar)
Coat: boutique c/o (similar below)
Earrings: Stella & Dot (similar, similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes are 4 years ago. Coat is 2 years ago. Skirt and earrings are 1 year ago. Bodysuit is new.