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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.

Good to Know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    From September to November the city is most pleasant.
  • Events in Venice
    La Biennale Architettura
    28. May 2016 - 27. Nov 2016
    Various venues (Venice)

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What People Are Saying About Venice

Excellent!!! Our tour guide was fantastic!

We had a great time. She explained everything in detail and was very knowledgeable. I've been to Venice several times, but did not notice all the things our guide pointed out.

Excellent trip, don't miss the opportunity

Very romantic, great food, breathtaking scenery. I can honestly say this was the best thing we did, I don't leave reviews but just had to say - if you get the chance to book this, sit on the upper deck, don't eat all day and make sure you spend time on the viewing decks. Perfect
Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner Reviewed by Joanne, 10/15/2016

Roberta was a great guide. The tour was a highlight.

We had a Magic day on the water. It was a good trip. While the glass at the glass fa toro was magnificant, the prices for trinkets in the shop were over prices in Venice

So interesting and so full of fun, food and local travel tidbits

We had a lovely time. Our group of 6 got along famously. The guide Allesandra was a gem!

Very informative and enjoyable way to spend the afternoon!

Guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Both my husband, my parents and I enjoyed it immensely.
Strolling in Venice 1.5-Hour Afternoon Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/13/2016

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