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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audio guide is a wonderful way to experience the history of St. Mark's

Audio guide was a great way to learn about the history of St. Mark's square and Basilica. Too bad there isn't more security in the Basilica where many tourists blatantly ignore the "no photography" rule. One group was so brazen that they were taking a picture of themselves holding cameras in front the the "no photography" sign. So disrespectful. With little security around, many tourists where taking photos.

St. Mark's Square and Basilica Interior: Audio Guide Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/19/2018

Lara was an excellent guide with lot of new stories and lively.

You were five peolplexand we enjoy it a lot.. The history places and those with local food and customs

Wine and Food Tour Near Venice's Jewish Quarter Reviewed by Hilda, 06/14/2018

Very enjoyable evening with a great local guide

Great food, great wine, knowledgable local guide who shared her psssion for Venice and made the evening fun! Good value for money. Highly recommend. If possible, do this tour early on during your visit as lots of useful advice imparted.

Venice: Cicchetti Dishes and Wine Bar with a Local Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/13/2018

The guys were so professional and on time!

I'll be back to Italy and when I do, I will DEFINITELY take a shared water taxi again. You all were the best! Very professional and on time. I had never done this before and they made it very easy and explained everything in detail. Thank you so much for your service. It worked perfectly!

Excellent tour to join to visit Venice islands in half a day.

45min at Murano island is not enough as visit to glass factory took at least 20min. Too much time spent at Torcello and long walk.