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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

Worth doing and an experience not to forget,

Worth doing for the experienceand a lot cheaper than some advertised. Driver of the boat was a bit grumpy. With a good ten minute walk from the airport to the boat.

Really informative, enjoyable tour getting away from the crowds.

We had just arrived in Venice so this tour was an excellent introduction to parts of the city by a guide who was a mine of information, being a Venetian herself, and who made it fun. She gave us some good tips to help us make the most of the rest of our stay.

Venice Carnival 2-Hour Evening Walking Tour Reviewed by Angela, 02/19/2017

Great way to beat the queue's for both experiences & great information

A great tour guide, informative and helpful, Fascinating facts on the history of Venice given to us in the Doug Palace, from when the merchant's came and trade began to Venice today and its competitors around the world. The Basilica is the most stunning building you can enter, and as part of this trip you get to sit and admire it's golden beauty whilst learning about its many years of construction, bellisimo as the Italians would say

Excellent. Fast, cheap and efficient. Thank you

It was really easy to find the stand and the staff were extremely helpful. :) Had really good time.

Gives an idea of the wealth and government of venice

Lots of steps but staff took elderly me up in lift so that I could just descend on foot. Thus I was able to negotiate all stairs and passages comfortably. You can't get an audio guide with just a photocopy of your passport, but I found the information boards adequate. Very glad I visited.

Venice: Doge's Palace Priority Admission Ticket Reviewed by Alison, 02/12/2017

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