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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

Great tour. Guide (Kristina) was spectacular!

The glass blowing was incredible to see in action. They even made a dancing glass horse in the moment. I should've walked around Murano although the glass gallery was exquisite. I wasn't interested in the lace of Burano but the town was bright, lively, and fun. Even the boat ride at sunset was quite a treat. Very recommended.

Get your tickets earlier in the day to avoid a crowd

Make sure you take your voucher to the travel agency to get your tickets. There is a big crowd later in the day when the gondolas are ready to take you. This is an excellent choice if you don't mind sharing with 4 other people. We had a great time. A nice affordable way to see the canals of Venice in a gondola.

Nice comparison to all the medieval and Renaissance and older art seen

Nicely located. Art presented well. Enjoyed the temporary exhibit - well put together. Followed his early years through the older years We also had a great experience with the cafe staff as my husband was not feeling well that day. A good representation of varied artists. Also enjoyed the statuary pieces.

Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Collection Ticket Reviewed by Nancy, 10/19/2018

A Fascinating Tour with an Excellent Guide

It eas east to identify the meeting point by the money exchange practically under the clock tower at St Marc’s Square. Some people baulked at the number of people gathering but soon relaxed when they realised they were being split into smaller groups depending upon the language you required. Our guide , who had a degree in french literature and was extremely knowledgeable and multi lingual, was excellent. The content was excellent and she presented with good humour too. With her we bypassed the ticket queues but you should be aware that you must still join the next queue for security checks which did not take long. The audio connection worked well throughout and she could easily be heard. She explained this was the only tour thst was permitted to sit in the basillica whilst she completed the explanation of historical events. An overall excellent tour and tour guide (sorry I can’t remember her name).

A fantastic tour with so much information shared

It was well worth booking this tour to visit these sights. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and approachable for questions. Would highly recommend.

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica 2-Hour Tour Reviewed by Jacqueline, 10/18/2018