Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+39
- Best time to visitFrom September to November the city is most pleasant.
Things to Do in Venice
Top Attractions in Venice
- 1Grand Canal
- 2Bridge of Sighs
- 3Doge's Palace
- 4Piazza San Marco
- 5Rialto Bridge
- 6Pala d'Oro
- 7Saint Mark's Basilica
- 8Venetian Lagoon
- 10Lido di Venezia
- 12Peggy Guggenheim Collection
- 13Teatro La Fenice
- 14Correr Museum
- 16The Mercerie, Venice
- 17Marciana National Library
- 18Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo
- 19San Polo
- 20St. Mark's Campanile
Other Sightseeing Options in Venice
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What People Are Saying About Venice
We took the 3 days pass plus Alilagina (airport-cruise terminal-airport). When exchanging vouchers for tickets upon arriving at th airport, I was told we could use the tickets to Sn Marco, and later on finish the trip from San Marco to the cruise terminal. That was not so, we had to buy another ticket at €15.-, so beware! Otherwise the 3 days vaporetto were excellent! Would buy them again?
It was easy to replace tickets upon boarding boat, but boating service was too early to close in the afternoon, Probably it was in winter season. Overall, my experience was to rate 4+ star
We were met at the airport and directed to out water taxi. The service could not have been quicker. Out taxi took us to within meters of our accommodation down some of the narrowest canals which would have been inaccessible to larger craft. We only booked a one way ticket as we were unsure of the quality of service. However should we return, we will book a return passage as, in apartment without internet and printing facilities, we were unable to book easily over the phone.
it was nice to see the glass island(Murano) and old island(Torcello) and the colorfull houses island(Burano) I will definitely do it if I was in Venice for only few days.
My wife and I booked this gondola ride in advance on Getyouguide. Honestly I was very glad we did, since the gondola stands were quite crowded when we went there. Luckily with our voucher we could skip the queue of people waiting to get on a gondola and aboard one straight away. Fantastic. The tour was beautiful, we passed along some the most known canals but also had the chance to see a few hidden spots, very pictoresque! And our "gondoliere" was super friendly and accepted to take a couple of pics of us on the gondola at the end of the ride. Can't hide it we paid a bit more than if we had paid on the spot but considering the amount of people around and the queue, well... it was well worth the money in my opinion!