11 Best Things to Do In Venice, Italy

Venice, the iconic and romantic city built on a network of canals and bridges, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. With its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant culture, Venice offers an array of unique experiences for visitors to enjoy. Here are some of the greatest things to do and see in this Italian gem:

 

canal in Venice, Italy

 

Explore St. Mark’s Square

 

St. Mark’s Square is the heart of Venice, surrounded by some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, and the Campanile. This bustling area is a great place to people-watch, soak up the atmosphere, and take in the stunning architecture. You can also enjoy a coffee or a meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants in the square.

 

Take a Gondola Ride

 

 A trip to Venice wouldn’t be complete without a gondola ride. These iconic boats are synonymous with the city and are a fantastic way to see the canals up close. Gondola rides can be quite expensive, but it’s an experience you won’t forget. You can hire a gondola for a romantic ride with your partner or join a group tour for a more affordable option.

 

Visit the Doge’s Palace

 

The Doge’s Palace is one of the most impressive buildings in Venice, located next to St. Mark’s Square. This stunning palace was once the home of the Doge, the ruler of Venice. Today, it’s a museum that showcases the city’s rich history and art. Visitors can explore the palace’s grand rooms, admire the artwork and sculptures, and learn about the Doge’s role in Venetian society.

 

Tour St. Mark’s Basilica

 

St. Mark’s Basilica is a magnificent cathedral located in the heart of Venice. This beautiful church is known for its stunning mosaics, intricate marble floors, and elaborate design. Visitors can take a guided tour to learn about the history of the basilica and its artwork. It’s also possible to climb to the top of the basilica’s bell tower for stunning views of the city.

 

Wander the Canals

 

Venice is famous for its canals, and there’s no better way to experience the city’s unique atmosphere than by wandering through its streets and alleys. You’ll discover tons of hidden surprises, such as courtyards, quaint bridges, charming shops, and cafes as you explore the winding canals. 

 

Take a Trip to Murano

 

Murano is a small island located just a short boat ride from Venice. This island is known for its beautiful glassware, and visitors can watch master glassblowers at work and purchase unique pieces to take home. Murano is also a lovely place to wander, with its colorful houses and quaint streets.

 

Sample Venetian Cuisine

 

Venice is known for its delicious cuisine, which features fresh seafood, pasta, and risotto dishes. Be sure to try local specialties like Cicchetti, small plates of snacks and appetizers, and the famous Venetian spritz cocktail. Venice also has a thriving coffee culture, with plenty of cafes and coffee shops to try.

 

Gallerie dell’Accademia

 

The Gallerie dell’Accademia is a museum that houses a collection of Venetian art from the 14th to the 18th centuries. The fascinating collections include works by artists such as Bellini, Tintoretto, and Titian. Explore Gallerie to get a glimpse of some local culture and gather artistic inspiration. 

 

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

 

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a museum of modern art housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal. It includes works by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Picasso, and Salvador Dali. Another fantastic cultural spot, the iconic Venice gallery is a popular spot among both locals and tourists.  

 

Lido di Venezia

 

Lido di Venezia is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, famous for its stunning beaches. Surrounded by classic Venetian buildings and gorgeous natural scenery, the island is the perfect place to escape. Consider taking a boat tour, riding an e-bike, or grabbing a bite to eat at one of the island’s gourmet restaurants. 

 

Piazza San Marco

 

Piazza San Marco is the main square in Venice, and it is surrounded by stunning buildings, cafes, and restaurants. It is a great place to sit, shop, eat, and watch the world go by!

 

 

Venice is a city that offers an array of unique experiences for visitors to enjoy. From exploring St. Mark’s Square and wandering the canals to taking a gondola ride and visiting the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful city. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture, Venice is a must-visit destination!

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