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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

Beautiful Palace and didn't have to wait in line!

This was a great way to see the beautiful Doge's palace and not have to wait in line to do it! We breezed past the line of people and walked right up to the ticket window. A must do if you are short on time!

Venice: Doge's Palace Priority Admission Ticket Reviewed by Naomi, 06/18/2019

VERY INTIMATE AND RELAXING ON A BEAUTIFUL VENETIAN DAY

We were welcomed on arrival but a very nice man, who provided us with all the information we needed to know about mask decorating along with historical facts about the masks and Venice. The workshop is small but this made us feel like we were having a personal intimate experience. For 2 hours we sat thinking about absolutely nothing apart from the painting. It was incredibly relaxing and we were so pleased we had booked it! Would highly recommend.

Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop Reviewed by STEPHANIE, 06/18/2019

Wonderful experience to see Venice in a day

We had been deliberating how to get a day in Venice fitted into our short trip to Lake Garda. Having used this company before searched the website and found this. Pick up in Bardolino at 8.45 we were one of the last ones and then on to Venice with a comfort break half way. It was a really well organised trip and Alex the tour guide was really knowledgeable and lovely guy. It is a really good way to see Venice in a day. There are optional tours above what is included and a gondola ride and a boat trip are fantastic and worth the additional cost.. 5 stars

Venice Full-Day Group Tour from Lake Garda Reviewed by Jane, 06/15/2019

Efficient transportation to the bus station in Venice

It was easy to find the bus at Marco Polo airport. The bus was clean and the trip to Venice was speedy. The views from the bus window were a good introduction to the city of Venice.

Our guide was fantastic. Lots of history and overview of the area.

Great guide and perfect way to orient yourself. See the city from the water! Best view

Venice Grand Canal 1-Hour Boat Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/12/2019