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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.


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.

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    From September to November the city is most pleasant.

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What people are saying about Venice

Excellent! Queue jump is a an added bonus

Our guide was very knowledgable and informative, spoke very good English and took her time to talk through the sights and antiquities, even had to be rushed on by memebers of her team when she took too long on one section. Doge’s Palace is a very rare site that demands to be seen once in your life, the guided tour with information about the artists and the dolces is a must as you wouldn’t know where to start on your own. The prison not so much but I am a sucker for a Italian fresco so enjoyed the grand rooms and paintings

Doge's Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by Mark, 08/14/2018

Great way to get around without the ACTV water bus service

The route starts at the station and you get around to most of the city while avoiding the congestion on the Grande Canal. We were able to sit and relax while hopping off at the main points of the city

Venice Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Boat Tour Reviewed by Annette, 08/13/2018

Great comfort right to the Plaza Roma in Venice

The ride is very comfortable in the air-conditioned bus to the centre of Venice. The station is located to the right as you exit Venice's Marco Polo airport and the ATVO staff are around if you are uncertain which of the two stops to wait at

Absolutely brilliant, engaging staff, wouldnt change a thing.

Perfect, much better than paying just to go on a Gondola, staff were really nice and encouraging. You get to have a go at both steering and rowing. The lagoon has lovely views. They provide an umbrella which is a nice touch to avoid the sun. Absolutely loved this experience, perfect thing to do if you're visiting Venice. Great family experience that we will never forget.

Venice: 1.5-Hour Authentic Gondola Rowing Lesson Reviewed by Stephen, 08/11/2018

Straight past all the queues into an amazing palace.

The Doge's Palace is a 'must see' for visitors to Venice. The palace is incredible and walking over the Bridge of Sighs is a very moving experience.

Venice: Doge's Palace Priority Admission Ticket Reviewed by Eleanor, 08/10/2018