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Top 10 things to do in Venice

Few cities offer such a wealth of beauty, charm and history as Venice. With so many incredible sights on offer, choosing can be a daunting task. Let us help: here are 10 essential stops that belong on the itinerary of every visit to The Floating City.

Grand Canal

Grand Canal

The Grand Canal is Venice’s main boulevard – made of water! Hop on a waterbus, taxi-boat or an iconic gondola and float past the gorgeous historic buildings lining the canal banks.

Doge’s Palace

Doge’s Palace

The wow-factor of the Doge’s Palace's majestic marble exterior is only exceeded by the treasures held within – history buffs and aficionados of classical art will never want to leave.

Saint Mark’s Basilica

Saint Mark’s Basilica

The opulent Saint Mark’s Basilica is arguably the jewel in Venice’s crown. With its multi-leveled domes, intricate facades and stunning mosaics, it’s a marvel of Italo-Byzantine architecture.

Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs

When riding a Gondola with your loved one, make sure to pass the Bridge of Sighs – Venetian lore vows that a kiss under the bridge will grant couples eternal love and happiness.

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

This gigantic public square is the centerpiece of Venice. Napoleon was so taken by the beauty of the architecture, he called Piazza San Marco “the drawing room of Europe.”

Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is the oldest and most ravishing bridge across Grand Canal. Get up early to beat the crowds and enjoy the spectacular views at your leisure, you won’t regret it.

Lido di Venezia

Lido di Venezia

Take a breather from the touristic bustle and visit the charming Lido di Venezia. A short boat ride from the center, it’s where some of Venice’s best (and cheapest!) restaurants are hidden.

Teatro La Fenice

You don’t need to be an opera enthusiast to be blown away by the sumptuous Teatro La Fenice, one of the most important and renowned venues in the history of the art.

Torcello

Torcello

Quiet and picturesque, the island of Torcello is perfect for a relaxing day trip. Make sure to visit the charming basilica and admire the amazing views from its bell tower.

Gallerie dell’Accademia

The Gallerie dell’Accademia contains some of the most illustrious examples of Venetian art. The mere size of the paintings is awe-inspiring – be warned, you may leave with a crick in your neck.

Planning Your Venice Visit

Save money on transport

The way the city is built, you’ll find yourself using the waterbuses (“vaporetti”) a lot more than expected. These trips can eat into your savings if you’re not careful. Bundle tickets are a great way of avoiding nasty surprises. The price of a 12-hour ticket is roughly equivalent to 3 singles and the relative cost keeps dropping for longer periods (tickets are available for up to a week).

Counters are your friends

Eating and drinking can be very expensive in Venice. Bars and restaurants generally charge more for sitting at a table, so a great way of cutting costs is opting for the counter instead. Surcharges vary with some restaurants charging up to 500% in the busiest tourist areas!

Enjoy the view

The view of the entire city from atop the bell tower on Piazza San Marco, which costs 8 EUR, is one of Venice’s most popular attractions. An insider tip is heading over to San Giorgio Maggiore – the view is arguably better and the privilege only costs 3 EUR.

Good to know

  • Language
    Italian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +39
  • Best time to visit
    From September to November the city is most pleasant.

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What people are saying about Venice

A must do if you want to see the highlights of Venice!

This was a perfect way to see so much of Venice, the guide was excellent and I highly recommend taking this tour verses a gondola.

Venice Grand Canal: One-Hour Boat Tour Reviewed by Paige, 20/01/2019

Best Tour Ever: Like Drinks With Group of Friends

This is totally different to any tour I've been on. The group was small, myself and two couples from The Netherlands who were travelling together. Alice the tour guide was amazing and used the small group to keep the tour informal and was really attentive and bonded with the group. It felt like going out for a casual meal and drinks with friends rather than a tour. Lots of lovely little local food and drink places and even the history parts during the walk were informal and informative. You can tell Alice is really proud of where she lives and her enthusiasm shone through, she is really a top class tour guide. An amazing tour with an amazing guide, one of the highlights of an amazing trip to beautiful Venice, would recommend whole heatedly. Thank you Alice for introducing me to your beautiful home town.

Venice: Food, Wine, and Culture Tour Reviewed by John, 18/01/2019

A wonderful way to start a visit to Venice

Very smooth operation, only a short wait at the airport and then we had a water taxi to ourselves.

Excellent way to start weekend in Venice

Our tour guide was superb.....very easy to talk to and gave us a good insider view of Venice. Also good food recommendations.

Venice: Private Tour with a Local Guide Reviewed by victoria, 07/01/2019

Terrific value. Great way to spend 2nd day in Venice.

Highly recommend. But be sure to keep your ticket with you. You’ll need it each and every time you get on the boat.

Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands Reviewed by Wweaver@okwu.edu, 06/01/2019