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
- 2Doge's Palace
- 3Piazza San Marco
- 4Bridge of Sighs
- 5Venetian Lagoon
- 6Rialto Bridge
- 7Pala d'Oro
- 8Saint Mark's Basilica
- 11Lido di Venezia
- 12Piazzale Roma
- 13Correr Museum
- 14Teatro La Fenice
- 15Marciana National Library
- 16Peggy Guggenheim Collection
- 18San Polo
- 19Jewish Ghetto of Venice
Other Sightseeing Options in Venice
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What People Are Saying About Venice
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Brilliant-so easy and quick from the airport. It is expensive but makes the whole Venice trip even more special
Michaela, our guide, was informative, friendly and good fun. Saw places we wouldn't have done and went to places that the locals go to. Would definitely recommend.
Our guide Matteo was very informative and seemed to know a lot of history and detail about Venice. Although the gondola is quite touristic, it s a must when in Venice.
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Francesca, we learnt so much, and really got a feel for the city and its inhabitants.