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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

This was an interesting tour of laces not normally visited and worth

We went on a really hot day but the tour travelled through many of the less lnown streets and alleys that made it interesting The guide was wellinformed and very helpful and the gondola ride at the end considered a bonus forum All In all great value and 2 hours well spent

Secret Venice & Gondola Tour Reviewed by Garry, 06/20/2017

Excelleny way to arrive but cost rather more time than expected!

Excellent way to arrive in Venice but waiting time in airport a lot longer than expected - would think twice about booking this again for this reason.

Venice Marco Polo Airport Transfer: Shared Water Taxi Reviewed by Christopher, 06/19/2017

Lifetime wish fulfilled on 70th birthday.

The trip was wonderful, the staff however were quite rude and unhelpful although we had shown a pre booked ticket, they told us to purchase a ticket delaying our boarding by around 5 minutes. Only reference to a second person got us boarded, and he asked if we wanted to board at that time, as if it were flexible, when it was fixed for 11:00.

Venice: 30-Minute Private Gondola Ride Reviewed by Angela, 06/18/2017

A very helpful driver/guide who was very imformative and caring.

We had a very enjoyable and picturesque day which was relaxing and the scenery was spectacular..

very informative and conducted at a good pace for everyone

We booked the tour as we wanted to know what we were looking at. After a confusing start with the wrong head sets given to us, the guide was very clear and got us into the Doge's Palace quite quickly. She was very informative about all that we saw and gave us time to take in all the wonderful paintings and furniture. The Basilica was beautiful and we had a chance to enjoy the ceiling and architecture. I am glad we did the tour and it completed our 25th celebrations nicely.

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica 2-Hour Tour Reviewed by Malcolm, 06/14/2017