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Remnants of medieval might are just the tip of the iceberg in this 1600-year-old port city.

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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

    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.

  • Doge’s Palace

    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.

  • Saint Mark’s Basilica

    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.

  • Bridge of Sighs

    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.

  • Piazza San Marco

    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.”

  • Rialto Bridge

    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.

  • Lido di Venezia

    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.

  • Teatro La Fenice

    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.

  • Torcello

    9. 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

    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

  • 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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 80,272 reviews

Our guide Silvia was excellent! We had very interesting guide tour in San Marko Basiliq and Dodge house, 3 hours together with Silvia passed as few minutes! Guide lines were personalised for us, presented in very interesting way and paid attention to everyone interest! Highly appreciate guide Silvia profesionality and the way of guiding!

Arrive 45 mins early as there are long lines to check in (even if you pre book you gotta line up) the glass bowling presentation is great, and you can shop right after. Plenty of time to eat, explore and take your insta photos. Torcello is MEH compared to murano and burano FYI, but overall well worth the visit for the price!

The tour started on time, the audio sets were clean and sanitized. Juliano was engaging, funny and receptive as our guide. Would certainly have understood far less of the Gandola experience had it not been for his commentary.

Great tour! Loved it but it needs to be more clear on how to get to the meeting point or the best way from your location. We missed our morning tour but found it and we’re able to reschedule and catch the next one.

very good. fun stops. guide was super friendly and clear. Gave personal guide walk.