Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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- From September to November the city is most pleasant.
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What people are saying about Venice
Luigi, our guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and took us to a lot of places we otherwise wouldn’t haven’t ventured to. This meant it was a lot quieter up until the end when we walked around the streets to St Mark’s Square which suited us perfectly. He got in touch with us beforehand finding out our interests to tailor the tour and checked in with us the previous day with ideas and suitability. An excellent experience and such a good thing to do on our first morning as we then had time to revisit places if we wanted to.
Definitely buy a pass for however many days you are there as much better value for money. You can also jump on and off as much as you like. Do not buy in advance though as slightly cheaper in Venice. Although you cannot buy tickets at all the stops you are never very far from a ticket machine. Once purchased just scan your ticket each time you travel.
I have no further comment regarding the tour, however, could I suggest that 2 separate tours are listed during the booking process, one with, and one without the tower climb instead of having to tick a check box in the tour description. Needless to say, we fell foul and were not able to climb the tower.
All the islands were enjoyable and the tour was good value. Glass blowing was good but v busy with many people having to stand. Some people have mentioned that Torcello was boring, actually I really liked that island with its cathedral from the 7th century, a nice soothing change of pace from Venice.
Excellent tour. The guide was very informative and knew her history and answered all questions with ease. She was also very pleasant and likeable. The only criticism at the start is the TOUR sign was put up a little late so we were a little anxious until we found the right tour group.