This walk covers Venice's most important highlights and is perfect for a night time exploration.
Starting and endpoint of this tour is near the main station Santa Lucia at the Vaporetto station 'Ferrovia' and consists of two parts: a pleasant walk through the districts of Santa Croce, San Polo and San Marco as well as a trip along the Canal Grande with the Vaporetto.
On this tour you will walk amongst an intricate network of streets, alleys and canals that just wait to be explored by you, so I recommend you to not strictly follow this route but to cut your own path. Just check every now and then, that you are still heading in the right direction. Keep your eyes open and take the least populated streets, only then will you fully experience the magical atmosphere of Venice at night.
From the starting point cross the Ponto degli Scalzi and head towards the Eastern part of Santa Croce. On your way you will pass many attractions like the hidden Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio, that is buzzing with life in the evening hours.
Carry on until you pass over into the San Polo district, where the streets get even narrower and winding. You will likely pass more and more tourists now as you are heading for one of the highlights of this trip: the Rialto Bridge. Try to approach it from the North and peek around the buildings there - you will be granted a fantastic view on the illuminated bridge.
Take your time to stroll around the area and watch the many people enjoying their evening at the waterfront or in one of the many small bars and restaurants. If you'd like you can get yourself a yummy evening snack or cocktail here, but be aware of the prices before you sit down.
Once you crossed the Rialto Bridge you will find yourself in the San Marco district. Career along the waterfront and enjoy the spectacle of gondoliers advertising gondola rides to the passing tourists. Being the most touristy district of Venice you will likely encounter masses of tourists the further you continue towards the south - good thing you went here at nighttime, so it's not as crowed as during the day. Moreover, this gives you dramatic outlooks over the brightly illuminated Piazza San Marco. If you are travelling with your partner, the joyful music coming from the bandstands in front of the restaurants might soon invite you to have a dance on the square. A truly romantic experience.
Take your time to also discover the Campanile towering above you, the gold-shimmering Basilica and the famous Palazzo Ducale, before you head towards the waterfront.
Turn right and you will soon reach the Vaporetto station 'San Marco'. Buy yourself a one-way ticket (7,50€ as of May 2017) or use your day ticket to hop onto the Vaporetto Line 2. Make sure the water bus is going in the right direction, via the Canal Grande to 'Ferrovia'. This trip should take around half an hour and give you spectacular views on Venice at night from the water.
An exciting evening comes to an end, filled with shining lights, surrounding laughter and stunning sights.
I hope you enjoy this trip.
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