10 Things to do in Venice

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Venice is packed with historical canals, gondolas, and winding streets, Venice is considered one of the most romantic and visited cities in the world and because of this, you can expect crowds of tourists. It’s more expensive than your average destination but you can get by on a reasonable budget. It’s worth the extra cost and to make the most of Venice you’ll want to stay 2 nights.

10 Things to do in Venice

SAINT MARK’S BASILICA (BASILICA DI SAN MARCO)

You can’t come to Venice without seeing St. Mark’s. the relics of St. Mark himself were smuggled from Egypt to Venice in the 9th Century, with the basilica subsequently built in its honour. It looks and feels unlike any other church in Italy on the outside and the mosaics on the inside are spectacular. The lines are long, but you can get your tickets online for €2 to avoid them or just wait and get in for free.

GRAND CANAL

The largest of all Venice’s canals, the Grand Canal goes through the town under four romantic bridges and right past some of the most magnificent palazzos. A glide on a gondola or budget-friendly vaporetto is the best way to see the splendor of the Grand Canal.

TEATRO LA FENICE

Venice’s famous opera house and Teatro La Fenice is a fantastic place to take in soak up some culture while in town. The gilded boxes and ornate decorations that line the walls make for a truly special setting. If you just want to get the overall feel of the place, you can take tours of the theatre for €10.

CAMPANILE DI SAN MARCO

Located directly next door to Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile di San Marco is quite possibly the most famous landmark of Venice. This bell tower has been replicated around the world (most famously in Las Vegas). You can climb to the top for a great view with, tickets costing €8.

BRIDGE OF SIGHS

This enclosed white limestone bridge is said to have gotten its name from the fact that prisoners would pause to sigh while crossing it – as it was their final glimpse of Venice. It can be crossed in person only on the Secret Itineraries Tour of the Doge Palace (€20, tickets available online), but it also looks great from the seat of a gondola.

RIALTO BRIDGE (PONTE DI RIALTO)

The most historic bridge over the Grand Canal, the Renaissance-era Rialto Bridge arches over the waters. It was the first bridge built over the Grand Canal in Venice, and its romantic faded steps are still flanked by covered arcades that used to home merchants.

MARK’S SQUARE (PIAZZA SAN MARCO)

Located directly in front of the Saint Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Square is the central square of the city. Lined by cafes, a clock tower, plenty of pigeons, and tour groups touting umbrellas, you definitely need to see it, but we don’t recommend eating or drinking here.

DOGE’S PALACE (PALAZZO DUCALE)

This grand mansion was once the home to the Doge (the ruler of Venice), back when it was its own independent empire. The Doge’s Palace impresses from the outside and take you back in time on the inside. Admission is €19 and you can buy tickets online (tickets also include admission to the Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana).

BURANO ISLAND

One of the best day trips from Venice, Burano Island is famous for two things: producing lace and being home to row-after-row of brightly painted houses. Like Venice, Burano is a collection of islands connected by bridges. The pace is slower here, and if you wander off the main street you won’t be surrounded by tourists.

SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE ISLAND

Directly across the water from Venice, San Giorgio Maggiore Island is home to a brilliant pearl white church (The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore) and a soaring bell tower. Many people swear that the view from its bell tower is better than the one in St. Mark’s Square as in includes all of Venice.

 

Below is a list of the free walking tours:

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