Things to do in

Venice

Remnants of medieval might are just the tip of the iceberg in this 1600-year-old port city.

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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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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.

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Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 80,272 reviews

So overall we enjoyed Doge’s Palace. Thought we were not going to make it since the line is so long. This Reserved Entry Admission Ticket is not a fast line that you can just enter through another entrance. You will need to fall in line for several minutes. Make sure that if you have a another activity after this make sure to give an allowance (hrs. ) for the next one. Didn’t really paid for a guided tour on this activity, since we are just staying 1 day in Venice. For sure it will be amazing if it’s going to be a guided tour plus I’m sure that there is no waiting in line to enter. Over all it was amazing to see the palace plus the prison and going through the bridge of sighs.

The tour guide, I think his name was Marco, was wonderful! He was tall, amusing, and knowledgeable. However I signed up for the 10 peole and under tour and the people at the meeting point said they never had such a tour. They only had 20 people and under tours. The palace was beautiful It is amuch see for Venice. The tour was so helpful to kow what we were seeing. You should do it.

It was a really great experience that we thoroughly enjoyed! Very relaxing with beautiful views of Venice! Out Gondolier was very knowledgeable and we learnt a lot from him! I would definitely recommend this trip and it’s much more reasonable than the €80 charge if you do not book!

Beautiful exhibit. Be sure to grab this ticket in advance because often sold out!

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