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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

An excellent way to see this amazing place without queuing.

I strongly recommend this tour. On the day we did it the general queue was very long and if we had had to stand in line it would have taken up a lot of our valuable time in Venice. It all worked perfectly and the guide was very knowledgable and informative. The Bascilica is just breathtaking! Well worth seeing. I recommend this tour.

Will never forget the experience, excellent!

A seamless and very enjoyable experience, will never forget it a memory for life!

I loved the museum, but the Skip-the-Line ticket was unnecessary.

My husband and I really enjoyed this museum but felt that the skip-the-line ticket was unnecessary, since it was not clear where to enter to skip the line, and by the time we were assisted we could have purchased a regular access ticket. But the museum was really wonderful!

Great Experience and really helpful guide and boat staff!!!

We had a great experience. The guide was very kind and helpful, so were the boat staff. The main landmarks and their significance was very well explained. The boats used are really spacious and suitable even with little kids.

It was a worthy experience, but not 30 minutes as advertised.

It was nice, not fantastic. This is mainly due to the volume of people trying to do this. You're kind of herded up by a guy that You may never find, because it is not displayed where to meet on site, then they get you into a boat and the ride begins. It is a nice ride. It starts off with about ten boats that split up so you kind of have your own canal. I don't mind that it was 20 minutes, I only mind that I paid for "30."
Venice: 30-Minute Traditional Gondola Experience Reviewed by Bradley, 10/20/2016

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