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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

This was the best possible decision we made in Venice.

The Challenge: See Venice in less than 24 hours. (You're joking right?! Sadly no, it was a waypoint on our journey) So we didn't have high hopes, especially when we arrived during some drizzle. That blew the first evening's hopes of seeing the legendary city.. We made peace with taking a break the first night and making the best of what we could by 8PM the next day. Hopeless, right? Stefano took us on at short notice. I love photography and when I saw their portfolio my mouth dropped... Stefano is a perfect Venetian guy. He is so down to earth and generous with his knowledge he really is a highlight in Venice that any photographer can learn from. He is an excellent teacher and allows you to learn at your own pace. Any technical question I had he answered in a flash! No punt intended lol What a wonderful tour. He took us off the beaten path and out of the crowds to see parts of Venice that would clearly have been missed. It al

Private Venice Photo-Walk with Photographer Guide Reviewed by Giuliana, 04/23/2019

Our guide made our visit successful. She was very knowledgeable.

Although we experienced Easter crowds, our guide weaved our way through the crowds so that we ended up with a very good experience in spite of the number of people.

The Grandeur of Venice: Doge's Palace & Basilica Tour Reviewed by James & Gretchen, 04/21/2019

Best and easiest way to travel around venice

This makes visiting all aspects of venice and the islands the best and cheapest way to see everything. we stayed on the Lido and caught the water bus from Bus station and it is o easy to work out routes and ways the water taxis go. booked a 72 hour pass and this is excellent value and would recommend as the best way

great historical perspective, food & wine was great as well.

great organized tour; Jennifer, our guide, was knowledgeable and provided additional personal stories.

Wine and Food Tour Near Venice's Jewish Quarter Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/19/2019

Good tour - really informative for both kids and adults

We did this tour on a busy Sunday and Veronica handled it really well. We were forewarned that it wasn’t ideal for a 5 yr old but my son kept up and pretty interested throughout, helped by lots of energy from the guide. Veronica presenter a steady stream of small moments which my son has said he wants to keep in a memory box.

Venice: Family-Friendly Sightseeing Tour for Kids Reviewed by Rachel, 04/17/2019