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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  • Venice: Gondola Ride with Grand Canal

    1. Venice: Gondola Ride with Grand Canal

    Take a traditional and unforgettable gondola ride through Venice’s Grand Canal. Pass under picturesque bridges and admire some of the city’s top sights from a unique, water-side perspective. Sit back, relax, and watch as the wonderful Byzantine buildings go by. Glide under the countless bridges and hear the soft sounds of the water against the crumbling walls of the palazzi. Cruise down the famous Grand Canal and see the area around the Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Salute. Admire this wonderful Baroque church from the 17th century and see winding little canals. Marvel at the majestic bridges that your gondolier rows past and experience how Venetians moved from one district to another in the past.

  • Grand Canal: Renew Your Wedding Vows on a Venetian Gondola

    2. Grand Canal: Renew Your Wedding Vows on a Venetian Gondola

    Make your trip to Venice extra special by renewing your wedding vows, accompanied by a celebrant who'll lead you through this unique ceremony. This romantic tour of the city's famous waterways includes a posy of roses. Your gondolier will lead you through the city's grand canal, then onto the quieter canals where the ceremony will take place in tranquility. It is possible to exchange rings and read personalized vows to each other, and at the end of the ceremony you will sign an official certificate to formalize the ceremony. This is the ideal way to celebrate a significant wedding anniversary, or simply to surprise your beloved partner!

    Due to bad weather we didn't actually get to renew our vows in the gondola. Maria Rosa immediately came up with plan B, which was to have the ceremony inside the Doge Palace. Later in the afternoon the weather cleared up and we had our gondola ride - so amazing and romantic. I highly recommend Venice Events.

  • Venice: Private 1-Hour Gondola Tour

    3. Venice: Private 1-Hour Gondola Tour

    Book your enchanting private gondola ride in Venice and glide through centuries of history, allowing yourself to be captivated by the glamor and elegance of the Venetian Palazzi. This experience is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm, and color of this unique city built on the water. Feel a part of the ancient Venetian tradition and experience Venice as the locals have for more than a thousand years. Once upon a time the most noble and wealthy of families would have traveled around by gondola - with the slightly eccentric Peggy Guggenheim the last person to have her own private gondola in the 1960s. On this unique exploration of the romantic Venetian canals, unwind and relax to the gentle rhythms and movements of the Grand Canal. Appreciate the skill involved in steering the gondola ride, as you make your way through the intricate waterways of Venice. As you sit back and t...

Frequently asked questions about Venice

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

Be at the AVTO stop at Piazzale Roma by 7:40am. The bus will leave at 7:50 sharp! The driver will "mess with you" if you do not speak Italian. Just show him your name on your confirmation and look at HIS manifest in order to point out your name. Anyway, this is an extremely affordable way to see the beautiful dolomite area. We had plenty of time to take the cable car all the way up to Tofana Cortina. We then had plenty of time to stroll in the village, have lunch and window shop. You will be back at P.R. before 6:30pm

One of the best things I did in Venice. I heard so many times not to take the gondolas, that they are overpriced. Since I’m traveling solo the romantic appeal was worth the money. But every time I saw one go by it just said “Venice” to me. I’m so glad I signed up for the touristy experience. Being in the gondola and floating through the back ways was amazing, and totally unlike walking the streets. And then the excitement of the Grand Canal was magnificent. The guide made the whole experience even better.

Excellent excursion. The guide showed us central Venice district, answered all the questions we had about a life a Venetian and gave some tips. This tour was the first thing we did after the arrival so it gave us a nice introduction to the city, where everything is and it’s history.

What an awesome experience. No time wasted standing in lines. Very knowledgeable guide who loved her job. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to visit Venice.

The music was wonderful and the church beautiful. Would recommend this concert.