Venice For first-time visitors

Our most recommended Venice For first-time visitors

Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

1. Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

Visit the Doge's Palace, an important historic landmark that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Skip the ticket line with to explore the seat of a 1,000-year republic, you’ll travel back in time to the Middle Ages. Marvel at the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase and spectacular works of art. Relive the anguish of the prisoners as they crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Your admission ticket also includes entry to the Correr Museum on St. Mark's Square. The building was originally designed as a residence for Napoleon, and later became the Venetian residence of the King of Italy.

Venice: Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

2. Venice: Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire panoramic views of Venice from the basilica’s terrace. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Witness beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, go up to the basilica’s terrace and take in stunning panoramic views of the lively St. Mark’s Square and its surrounding monuments.

La Fenice: Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

3. La Fenice: Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

Make your stay in Venice memorable by visiting the La Fenice Opera House. Even if you don't have the time to watch a performance, use this skip-the-line ticket to admire its sensational avant-garde design. Choose an audio guide in 7 different languages, and explore the secrets of the theatre. Discover the history of the building from its origins to the present day. The most important premiers of international opera take place at the La Fenice, staging more than one hundred opera performances per year.

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

4. Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

Explore the canals in the city of Venice aboard a gondola. Your gondolier will take you down secluded canals, passing under small bridges and along the Grand Canal. Listen to the guide as they explain all about the palaces, churches, and attractions around you. Hear stories known only by Venetians, and about the fascinating history of the gondola and gondoliers. During your journey, admire Desdemona’s House and Mozart’s House. You'll also pass by the magnificent La Fenice Theatre and the “De le Ostreghe” Canal. Continue on to the most important canal in Venice, the Grand Canal. Make your way towards the Salute Church, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and some of the stunning Venetian palaces that run alongside the canal, like Ca'Dolfin, Ca'Loredan, Grimani Palace, and many others. You will also see Punta de la Dogana and Saint Mark’s basin before making your way back to Campo San Moisè. At the end of the tour, you will receive a QR code to download a digital map with 2D images of Venice from the Middle Ages until the 18th century. With the shared option, enjoy a 20-minute walking tour from the meeting point as well as your 30-minute gondola ride. See the Biennale Cafe and the facade of San Moisè Church and learn about the history of the Venetian gondola tradition. You will also see Punta della Dogana and Grand Canal.

Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Collection Ticket

5. Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Collection Ticket

Marvel at modern art by Picasso and Pollock with a single entrance ticket to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal of Venice. Explore one of Europe’s foremost museums of modern art at your own pace and see masterpieces from art styles such as Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Created by the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim, the collection was originally put on for the 1st post-war Venice Biennale. The following year, Peggy acquired the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an unfinished 18th century palace on the Grand Canal. The collection was assembled with the help of distinguished artists and critics, such as Marcel Duchamp, Herbert Read, Nellie van Doesburg and Howard Putzel. Explore the museum on your own to find art by Picasso, Ernst, Magritte, Calder and many other avant-garde artists. Take a stroll in the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Sculpture Garden to see works by Arp, Duchamp-Villon, Fazzini, Giacometti, Holzer, Minguzzi, Mirko, Merz, Moore, Ono and Richier. Admire a collection of art by Italian, European and American artists from 1945 to the present day, including gems by Burri, Capogrossi, de Kooning, Dubuffet, Rothko, Oldenburg, Stella, Twombly, Warhol and Kapoor.

Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

6. Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands Full-Day Trip

Discover the most charming and famous islands of the Venetian Lagoon on this full-day excursion. Marvel at the beautiful surroundings of Venice and learn more about Venetian life and traditions. Start your journey in a comfortable motorboat leaving from the St. Mark's area, and move toward your first stop, the island of Murano. Stay for approximately 1.5 hours on the island and take your time to explore it on your own. Visit a glass factory and learn how glass masters create their masterpieces with a glass-blowing demonstration. Don't miss the massive Basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, one of the oldest Churches in the Venetian lagoon originally built in the 7th Century. Return to the motorboat and head to Burano Island. Immerse yourself in its quaint and colorful houses for around 1.5 hours. According to a local legend, Burano gets its rainbow appearance from the fishermen who painted their houses in bright colors to find their way home when returning from sea. The island is also known internationally for its rare artisan lace. Hop back on the motorboat, and ride to the last stop, Torcello, the first settlement in the Venetian Lagoon. During your 1-hour unguided stop, be sure to visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639. Take a selfie with Attila's Throne in the background, an ancient stone chair where chief magistrates were inaugurated, or go up the Bell Tower and take a beautiful picture of the surrounding area. At the end of the tour, ride back to the point of departure.

Venice: Interpreti Veneziani Concert at Church of San Vidal

7. Venice: Interpreti Veneziani Concert at Church of San Vidal

Discover the composers behind Venice’s 18th-century musical epoch at a classical concert in the Church of San Vidal.  The 17th-century church provides an intimate historic setting and fantastic acoustics for concertos and symphonies by masters such as Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel.  Listen to the playing of the talented Interpreti Veneziani ensemble and watch them bring musical masterpieces to life for a memorable evening. After the hour and 30 minutes are over, choose to pick up a CD recorded by the group to bring the music of Venice home with you.

Venice: Medieval Guided Walking Tour

8. Venice: Medieval Guided Walking Tour

Explore the narrow alleyways of Venice and learn about the city's darkest secrets on a walking tour with an expert local guide. Choose to add an optional tranquil gondola ride through the canals of Venice after your walking tour. Listen to captivating commentary about the Prisons' Palace in St. Mark's Square, and learn about the Lords of Night — the fearsome police of the Serenissima Republic, infamous for torturing their prisoners. Learn about Casanova's secrets and discover treasures stolen from Constantinople. Unveil the mysteries of Marco Polo and the Silk Road. Go back in time with a mobile app that shows you a reconstruction of Venice from the 11th to 17th centuries. Discover Campo San Beneto and admire Palazzo Fortuny, one of the largest palaces in Venice in the Gothic style. Choose an optional gondola ride and discover canals of Venice. See highlights, including the Mozart House and the Grand Canal.Choose an optional gondola ride and discover the canals of Venice. During your gondola ride, admire Venice's highlights, such as the Mozart House, Fenice Opera House, the Grand Canal, and more. End your tour at Piazza San Marco

Venice: City Walking Tour

9. Venice: City Walking Tour

Join a walking tour of Venice and explore its fascinating maze of narrow streets, elegant palaces, and imposing churches. See the city’s unmissable attractions and learn about their history and cultural significance with a professional guide. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Listen as your guide tells you the history of the dukes of Venice and how the city was once the most powerful maritime empire in the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and walk through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Stroll past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Walk along charming canals, wander into small alleys, and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit.

Venice: Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Entrance Ticket

10. Venice: Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Entrance Ticket

Journey through the life and work of one of the world's great artists and inventors at the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Venice. Enjoy a family-friendly exhibition and stimulate your curiosity by taking a deep look at Da Vinci's work. Stroll through the 4 sections of earth, water, air and fire, and discover machines built according to Da Vinci’s original designs. Learn about some of his major studies of human anatomy, and see high-resolution backlit replicas of his major paintings. Explore both his medical work and artistic accomplishments to build a better understanding of the man. Benefit from descriptions in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian, supplemented by multimedia displays detailing his life and works.

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall wonderful experience. Guides provided history during the walk to the gondola. It was nice to ride through neighbourhoods and into the Grand Canal. What a beautiful site! I appreciated the gondolier’s expertise in handling choppy waters. Thank you!

We got into the palace immediately and it was very impressive and interesting. Some parts were closed but we were able to see a lot and continue on our day.

I recommend this tour, especially to musicians. Being a concert pianist, I really enjoyed the experience.

Excellent concert! Highly recommend listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons in his place of birth.

The tour was interesting and very informative, Alexandra was wonderful.