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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

Interesting & informative in a beautiful location

Accessed 2 of the 3 museums available on our ticket, really good value for money. 2 museums across from each other so easy to access both in a very short time, really enjoyed them

Venice: Doge's Palace Priority Admission Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 07/12/2018

Perfect way of seeing the whole of Venice Islands, we used 3 days.

Loved the Valporetta for 3 days, saw most of the Venice islands, and got to our cruise easily too. The Alliguna from the airport not so much, VERY slow and long, would recommend another way after a long journey.

Loved every step, sip and bite of the tour

Such a great way to experience the city. Gave me a good grasp of how to get around and what areas I should explore more of. Learned a lot about Venice’s history and how things have changed. So glad we did the tour and our guide Camilla was terrific. She was so wonderful and knowledgeable. Great sense of humor and sense of culture. Would def recommend to anyone traveling to or through Venice.

Venice: Cicchetti Dishes and Wine Bar with a Local Reviewed by Jonathan, 29/11/2018

Lovely food and u go to local places. Also the guide Camilla whas good

Lovely foodtour u also get a walking tour into areas where u would never go alone but are verry interesting! Also the guide Miss Camilla is verry friendly and if u go the first day she gives good advice about where to go and how to get there. Urban Tours is the best!

It is an excellent tour that is well worth the long journey.

Alex (Alessandro Scacchetti) our driver cum guide for the day is superb. He is a careful and patient driver. We appreciate that we were not rushed at any of the photo stops and we came home with fond memories and loads of good photographs