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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

Lovely trip, definately worth the visit.

Our guide was very informative. We really enjoyed our morning trip. Highly recommend.

Fantastic experience.. so informative and interesting

This experience was a gift for my daughters birthday. Massimiliano was an excellent teacher and very encouraging. She made a beautiful pendant and can’t wait to do this activity again on our next visit to Venice.

Skip the long long long long long long lines

This was well worth the $. The reason is you skip the incredibly long lines out side , although when you get in they seem to have a difficult time deciding which line you are in?? The palace is so interesting and just unbelievable artwork; but I enjoyed the prison section the most, go figure.

Venice: Doge's Palace Priority Admission Ticket Reviewed by Angela, 04/16/2019

Easy Transfer from Venice Piazzale Roma Bus Depot - Marco Polo Airport

Easy Transfer from Venice Piazzale Roma Bus Depot - Marco Polo Airport. In the centre of the Central Bus Station/ Depot in the Piazzale Roma is a sign for the bus to Marco Polo Airport, the buses also have Marco Polo Airport written on their back and signed at the front. This stop is also about 4 mins walk from the Luggage Storage in Piazzale Roma which costs 5 euros per case to store for the day, which was great for us as our cruise came in early @ 9am which gave us another 4.5 hours in Venice before having to catch bus back to airport for a 5pm flight home, buses during peak approx. every 20 mins. Great to pre-book online ticket in advance with information and have 2nd copy on app on phone always good to plan and be sure. Also good to book joint 24, 48, 72 hr bus and vaporetto (water buses) tickets in advance makes it so much easier when exploring Venice in just a few days.

The easiest way to get to your final destination in venice.

Our flight arrived and the water taxi took us directly to our stop. This service made it very easy and worry less for us. Highly recommended.