Things to do in

Venice

Remnants of medieval might are just the tip of the iceberg in this 1600-year-old port city.

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Our most recommended things to do in Venice

  • Private tour Rialto area and Frari Church 2-Hour Tour

    1. Private tour Rialto area and Frari Church 2-Hour Tour

    A pleasant walking tour with professional private guide starting from Rialto Bridge, the most typical and symbolic monuments of the city, to have a first introduction to a part of the minor Venice. Crossing the famous bridge built at the end of XVI century by Antonio Da Ponte in the form of one great arch, above which on both sides runs a loggia with several shops, you will visit Rialto area: the New Buildings built by Sansovino in the XVI century, today home of the Judical Court and Offices; the Old Buildings built by Scarpagnino in the XVI century; San Giacometto Church, rebuilt by Scarpagnino in the XVI century after the fire which destroyed it almost completely; the colourfull fruits and fish market. Then the visit will proceed towards Frari Church built at the beginning of the fourteen century in Gothic style. The interior has beautiful paintings by Bellini, Titian and Vivarini an...

  • Venice: Doge's Palace Reserved Entry Admission Ticket

    2. 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. As you 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.

    Doge’s Palace is an unique beauty to be seen! Priority ticket saves time not to wait at an enormous queue, ensures quick access without need to be printed. I would recommend to everyone to charge heart and mind visiting the Doge’s Palace.

  • Venice Marco Polo Airport Transfer: Shared Water Taxi

    3. Venice Marco Polo Airport Transfer: Shared Water Taxi

    Boating over the lagoon from Marco Polo International Airport upon your arrival in Venice is easily the most exclusive and romantic airport transfer in the world. This is an exclusive shared water taxi service from Venice Marco Polo Airport to central Venice hotels, and back. Hop into a water taxi straight after you pick up your luggage and get whisked across the lagoon to your hotel. Not only is this the most romantic way to travel, but it’s also the most direct route to the city. For some hotels located along the Grand Canal, or hotels such as Hilton Stucky and San Clemente, the water taxi stops directly at the hotel. For less-accessible destinations on the inner canals, you will be dropped off within easy walking distance. If your hotel is JW Marriott - Isola delle Rose, you will be dropped off in San Marco nearby the Marriott hotel shuttle boat

    Short wait for other passengers and then straight to the water gate of the hotel. Brilliant

  • Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

    4. Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

    Explore 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, you will 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 t...

    Beautiful and the girl that gave the guided tour was very good. Definitely recommended

  • Venice Public Transportation: Waterbus and Mainland Buses

    5. Venice Public Transportation: Waterbus and Mainland Buses

    Enjoy your trip in Venice and use public transportation without queuing at the ticket offices. Just head to the yellow ticket machines that you can find at the vaporetto stops across the city: enter the PNR code that you'll find on your voucher and get the paper ticket with which you can catch your vaporetto. Your tickets must be validated each time before boarding a water bus. The validity of your ticket begins from the exact time it is first validated.

    Franscescha was a gem. She made the trip very memorable. Gave all the knowledge and a very good guide and host. Great trip. Txs

  • Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

    6. Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

    Delve deep into Venice’s history with a 3-hour guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace, either as a private tour or shared group experience. Take in two of the city’s most important landmarks while discovering the history of the one-time mercantile capital of the Mediterranean.  Start by exploring St. Mark's Square with your guide before heading into the cathedral. From the first-floor terrace you’ll be able to admire views across the lagoon and see the famous bronze horses up close. Hear how they traveled all the way to Paris and back in Napoleon’s time.  Next, you’ll use the priority entrance to reach Doge's Palace, formerly the residence of the leader of the Republic of Venice. Enjoy visiting the Chamber of the Great Council and courtrooms among other things. Highlights include frescoes by Tintoretto and the Giants’ Staircase.  After this, cross the infamous Bridge...

    It was a very pleasant experience. A very, very good tour guide, Ifigenia, well documented, good English. Found out a lot of information. I want to give my thanks to this wonderful guide. Recomand

  • Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    7. Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

    See the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, two of the most iconic sites in Venice, on a guided tour.

    For centuries, the destiny of the Most Serene Republic was decided in the majestic halls of the Doge’s Palace. Walk through the magnificent halls and marvel at the well-conserved priceless treasures, art masterpieces, and frescos.

    Visit the prison, passing over the celebrated Bridge of Sighs, so called because prisoners often sighed while looking at their beloved lagoon and freedom for the last time before reaching their cells.

    Among the famous guests of the Doge’s Palace prisons was Giacomo Casanova, the celebrated seducer and adventurer who managed to escape from the prison in 1756.

    Next, head to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most stunning churches. As the n...

    What a great way to spend 4 hours! The guide provides lots of interesting information and is able to skip the line for an enjoyable experience. Highly recommend!

  • From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    8. From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Boat Trip

    Embark on a half-day boat trip around the famous islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Discover a more local and authentic side to Venice and explore the scenic islands renowned for their glass blowing, lace-making traditions, and rich history. Climb aboard your boat and sail towards Murano, known as the “Island of Glass". Walk by glass factories where local artists create works of art in glass. Take a short stroll through the quiet streets of Murano and marvel at the beautiful 16th-century buildings that still stand tall to this day. Next, travel to Burano to see one of Venice’s most picturesque islands. Walk by the charming fishermen's houses painted with bright colors whose water reflection gives them a unique, dream-like shimmer. Browse through Burano’s rich collection of lace garments, which are still handmade by local women. Continue towards the tiny island of Torcello where...

  • Express Bus: Marco Polo Airport to/from Venice City Center

    9. Express Bus: Marco Polo Airport to/from Venice City Center

    The airport express bus provides a non-stop service to central Venice and in just 20 minutes you’ll be dropped off at Piazzale Roma. This is the quickest and cheapest way to reach Venice from the airport, without sacrificing comfort. From Piazzale Roma you can continue to your final destination on foot, or by water-bus or water-taxi. If you will eventually be heading back to the Marco Polo Airport you can purchase a round-trip ticket, saving money and time. Buses from Piazzale Roma depart from the same place you were dropped off, at the ATVO bus platforms in the middle of the square. Dedicated staff are at your disposal to provide assistance and information.

    Excellent way to get to the airport. Finding the right platform can be confusing since the public transport is right next to the station. But the bus takes you very quickly to the airport.

  • Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

    10. Boat Trip: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands

    Spend some time on the most famous Venetian islands, known throughout the world for their picturesque scenery, craft traditions, and unique history. Departing from near Saint Mark’s Square or Santa Lucia Train Station, take an enjoyable trip across Saint Mark’s Basin, towards the Lido, and then back along the north coastline of the city. On the boat, a live guide will illustrate the history of the lagoon and the three islands you will visit. Your first stop will be the island of Murano. Sometimes referred to as the “Island of the Glass,” you will visit one of its famous glass factories and see the glass being manufactured and blown. Afterward head to Torcello, the most ancient of the inhabited islands. Continue to Burano, admiring the natural environment and the minor islands spread all around you. Enjoy some free time in Burano, a typical fishing island with colorful contrasts and cho...

    This was a really good and inexpensive way of getting a glimpse of other Venetian islands. Transport was comfortable and the host was very informative. Very enjoyable and relaxing excursion. Burano island was my favourite island. I would have preferred a few minutes more there and a few minutes less in Torcello but overall is was an excellent trip and well worth taking. Highly recommended

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Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 80,272 reviews

Be at the AVTO stop at Piazzale Roma by 7:40am. The bus will leave at 7:50 sharp! The driver will "mess with you" if you do not speak Italian. Just show him your name on your confirmation and look at HIS manifest in order to point out your name. Anyway, this is an extremely affordable way to see the beautiful dolomite area. We had plenty of time to take the cable car all the way up to Tofana Cortina. We then had plenty of time to stroll in the village, have lunch and window shop. You will be back at P.R. before 6:30pm

One of the best things I did in Venice. I heard so many times not to take the gondolas, that they are overpriced. Since I’m traveling solo the romantic appeal was worth the money. But every time I saw one go by it just said “Venice” to me. I’m so glad I signed up for the touristy experience. Being in the gondola and floating through the back ways was amazing, and totally unlike walking the streets. And then the excitement of the Grand Canal was magnificent. The guide made the whole experience even better.

Excellent excursion. The guide showed us central Venice district, answered all the questions we had about a life a Venetian and gave some tips. This tour was the first thing we did after the arrival so it gave us a nice introduction to the city, where everything is and it’s history.

What an awesome experience. No time wasted standing in lines. Very knowledgeable guide who loved her job. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to visit Venice.

The music was wonderful and the church beautiful. Would recommend this concert.