Top 10 sights
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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.”
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
10. 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 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
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- UTC (+01:00)
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- Best time to visit
- From September to November the city is most pleasant.
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What people are saying about Venice
Me and my wife had an amazing time with Francesco! He’s a Milanese native with a lot knowledge of the city and its culture and food. He took us to true local spots and introduced us to some wonderful locals. He was entertaning, intelligent, and great storyteller with loads of personal stories. We did this tour on our first day, at the end, it turned out to be the best activity we did! I highly recommend tour provider Withlocals and Francesco to anyone looking to learn about Milanese food, drink and culture.
The tour with Loris was just WOW! He was authentic and he knew everything about Venice and it's history The food stops were great (not touristic at all) and we tried a lot of real Italian treats! I recommend to go with hunger as you will get a LOTS of yummy food. Between all the eating, we were walking through this amazing scenery of Venice, which is now even more beautiful and authentic, now there are way less tourists. I will recommend this tour to all my friends who will go to Venice!!
Giada gave us an amazing food tasting experience around different neighborhoods in Venice. She took us to places we never would have found on our own and introduced us to Italian culinary treats we didn’t even know existed! She also took the guess work out of what restaurants we should eat at by recommending places that locals eat at and are off the tourist trail. She is also very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of Venice. Great experience!
Gabrielle was very engaging and provided easy, helpful and effective cooking class. He is a gifted cooking teacher. Enjoyed his class a lot!
It was enjoyable. You get to learn a bit abt the history of mask making. The technique was fun. The instructor was kind and patient.