VENICE

If you plan to visit Venice, don’t think that you have to stay there for a week! Venice is a small city and you can visit it in one day. If you want to visit also some museums, maybe you need two days. If you want to visit also the amazing Burano and Murano, where they make beautiful Glasses and Chandeliers, maybe you need three days but not more! Sometimes I have people that they want to stay in Venice for a week, and my question is :”WHY?”. Ok I know that Venice is beautiful and maybe for someone is the first and the last time that they can visit it but, after three days you don’t really know what you can see more.

Eating out in Venice is not complicated if you know where you have to go. Caffe Florian and Harry’s Bar are iconic places that you can try but extortionately expensive! Harry’s Bar is famous for the BELLINI, it’s unique but also expensive (more than 20 Euro per glass). Every places in Venice could be a little over price but come on, you are in Venice…. 

If you want to try something really Venetian, you should start with some chichetti (Venetian tapas) and a couple of Spritz Aperol (everyone’s favourite drink was invented in the Veneto). At the end of this page you’ll find some good restaurants where usually there are only people from the city.

 

A Taste of Italy

10 Days Guided Tour

Things to do in Venice

Gondola Ride

Gondola Ride

Gondola

Experience Venice in the most Venetian way possible: via a 35-minute shared gondola ride while being serenaded. Choose between an afternoon or evening ride and then hop on the six-person gondola by a gondolier who is clad in traditional garb. Then begin the ride, as part of a group of eight different gondolas, with a singer aboard one of the boats. In addition to the song being sun to you, enjoy the sites of Venice’s main landmarks, including the grand Canal and Palazzo Barberino.

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St. Mark Square

St. Mark Square

St. Mark Square

St. Mark’s Square

St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), often referred to as “the drawing room of Europe,” is one of the most famous squares in Italy. The geographic and cultural heart of Venice—with St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace at one end, the campanile in the center, and the colonnaded arcade topped by the Procuratie palaces lining three sides—this elegant piazza is also steeped in history. Settle in at one of the many coveted café tables and watch tourists (and pigeons) pose for photos while you sip a Bellini and soak in the square’s Renaissance splendor.

How to Get There
St. Mark’s Square is located along Venice’s Grand Canal. The nearest vaporetto (ferry) stop is San Marco–San Zaccaria.

 

St. Mark Basilica

St. Mark Basilica

St. Mark Basilica

St. Mark Basilica

St. Mark’s Basilica is the crown jewel of Venice, one of the most sumptuous cities in the western world. This ornate cathedral blends elements of Gothic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Renaissance architecture—testimony to the city’s political and economic dominance that spanned centuries. Topped by soaring domes and with an interior of astonishing golden mosaics, the church is so opulent it is known as the Chiesa d’Oro, or the Golden Church. Construction began in 828, when the body of St. Mark was smuggled back to Venice from Alexandria; the church has been rebuilt, expanded, and delicately restored over the centuries. 

How to Get There
The cathedral is on the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent to the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) along the Grand Canal. The nearest vaporetto (ferry) stop is San Marco–San Zaccaria.

 

Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge

Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge was the first to span Venice’s Grand Canal (Canal Grande) between its two highest points above sea level. The original 12th-century wooden bridge was replaced in 1592 by a stone structure resting on wooden pilings—a bold design by Antonio da Ponte featuring a single central arch over the water that allow ships to pass. Today, the bridge is among Italy’s most famous, carrying an endless stream of tourists and locals across the canal while countless gondolas and vaporetto water buses pass beneath. 

The Rialto is one of the most famous landmark bridges in Europe, and a popular and crowded Venice attraction connecting the San Marco district, home of St. Mark’s Square, to the San Polo district, where Venice’s famous fish market has stood for 700 years. The bridge is visited on nearly every walking tour through the “Floating City,” along with other historic tourist attractions like the nearby Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), and St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica di San Marco). For a unique view of the bridge far from the crowds, consider booking a Venice gondola ride or Venice Grand Canal evening boat tour to see the bridge from the water.

How to Get There
The Rialto Bridge crosses the Grand Canal between the San Marco and San Polo districts, and can be reached by vaporetto water bus lines 1 and 2 via the Rialto stop. Along Venice’s maze of tiny streets, there are signs and arrows painted on the walls at regular intervals pointing toward the Rialto.

 

Doge Palace

Doge Palace

Doge Palace

Doge’s Palace

The Palace of Doges is a significant historical site in Venice, with many travelers arriving to hear about the strict rule of the Venice Doges from an expert local guide. The site is most often visited on a two- to five-hour Venice tour and can be combined with a stop at St Mark’s Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges. Inside the palace, admire the many paintings by Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese, and climb the narrow staircases to visit the Doge’s apartments and the prison cells, as well as the ducal notary. Outside the palace is the Bridge of Sighs and the beautiful columns along the piazzetta.

The popular Secret Itineraries tour allow visitors, accompanied by a guide, into chambers of the palace not open to the general public. You’ll see the secret chancellery where the delicate work of governing was done, the secret archives, the torture room, and the cell from which the famous writer Giacomo Casanova made his escape.

How to Get There

The Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) is located next to St Mark’s Church in St Mark’s Square. The site is easily accessible by vaporetto (the public water taxi) on the Grand Canal or on foot.

 

Venice Jewish Ghetto

Venice Jewish Ghetto 

The origins of the word ghetto can be traced back to Venice: gheto in Venetian means foundry and refers to the island where Venetian Jews were once confined after sunset by Venetian Republic decree. The area is divided into the Ghetto Nuovo (New Ghetto), and the adjacent Ghetto Vecchio (Old Ghetto), though the Ghetto Nuovo is actually the older of the two. Jews from across Europe settled in this neighborhood from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and each synagogue historically catered to a different nationality—German, Italian, Spanish, and Sephardic.
Today Campo del Ghetto Nuovo is still the center of the Venetian Jewish community and offers a glimpse into its history and culture. The ghetto’s Jewish Museum (Museo Ebraico) narrates local Jewish history with a collection of antique gold objects and textiles from ghetto artisans, historic religious texts and artifacts, and personal and household items from former residents. There is also a small Holocaust memorial in the neighborhood to honor the many residents deported during World War II. Book a Jewish ghetto walking tour with a guide to learn more about the ghetto, or pair your visit with a Cannaregio food tour or home cooking experience to explore local cuisine. The museum offers guided tours of the neighborhood’s historic synagogues, or you can book a private tour to view these historic places of worship more intimately.
How to Get There

The Jewish ghetto is in Venice’s Cannaregio neighborhood. Take the vaporetto (water bus) to the Ponte delle Guglie stop on the Fondamenta di Cannaregio.

 

The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs

The Bridge of Sighs is one of the most photographed sights in Venice. Its ornate stonework design was created in 1603 by Antonio Contino, nephew of the architect who designed the Rialto Bridge. The structure got its name from the tale that asserts convicts who passed through the covered bridge from their interrogation to their prison cell would let out mournful sighs when catching their final glimpse of Venice through the barred windows. You can sigh over this same view while walking over the bridge during a tour of the Doge’s Palace, the only way to make the crossing.
Both the palace and St. Mark’s Basilica host millions of visitors each year, so it is important to book a guided tour for skip-the-line access, saving hours of time in long lines. Joining a small-group walking tour is an excellent way to see the highlights in and around St. Mark’s Square, accompanied by a tour guide who can explain this fascinating city’s history and architecture.
How to Get There
S. Zaccaria is the closest vaporetto stop to Piazza San Marco. Venice is one of the most popular destinations in Italy and well-connected by train to Rome, Florence, and Milan.

 

Burano Tours

Burano Tours

Burano Tours

Burano Tours

Venice is made up of a group of islands that is crowded with opulent churches and sumptuous palaces. The humble island of Burano, though, in the outer reaches of the Venetian lagoon, shows a completely different side of the city, with its jumble of technicolor fishers’ houses and a long tradition of lace-making. Join a guided tour of the Venetian islands and stroll through the winding streets of this charming island to admire the brightly painted houses and watch a lace-making demonstration. A private tour of Burano, Murano, and Torcello islands is a fascinating way to explore the less famous corners of the Floating City by boat.
How to Get There
From St. Mark’s Square, take the 5.2 vaporetto from the San Zaccaria stop to Fondamente Nove, then transfer to the 12 to Burano. Boats run until late, but if you miss the last vaporetto, you’ll have to take what may be an expensive water taxi back to Venice.

Waterborne Routes Venice

Waterborne Routes Venice 

The public transportation in Venice is really expensive, Euro 7.50 for every single ride. If you want to use it, I suggest to buy the 1 day ticket Euro 20 (if you think that you are going to use the ferry more than 2 times). If you plan to stay in Venice for more than 1 day, you can buy 2 days ticket for Euro 30, 3 days ticket for Euro 40 and 7 days ticket for Euro 60.

If you need informations about how, when and prices of the Ferryboat in Venice, this is the map of the service. If you need more informations you can find everything about that on their webside, click here 

Some Ideas for Your Tours in Venice

Gondola Ride

Gondola Ride

Is not possible to buy tickets for the Gondola, the only way is to go there and pay directly to the Gondolier.

I advise to use the Venice Gondolier Association that is located in front of S.Lorenzo Column

Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

Walking Tour & Gondola Ride
Explore the famous sites and hidden charms of Venice on this walking tour, followed by a ride through the city’s canals on an iconic gondola. Follow your local guide through a romantic maze of surrounding backstreets to discover some of Venice’s lesser-known gems. Learn the fascinating history of Venice as you wander through narrow alleys and over stone footbridges, and then hop aboard a Venetian gondola for a leisurely ride along the Grand Canal.
  • Venice tour including a gondola ride and walking tour
  • Take a gondola ride down the Grand Canal of Venice!
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Venice, passing sights that the tourist maps miss
  • Stroll through narrow back streets and alleyways while learning about Venetian history

St. Mark Basilica & Doge Palace

St. Mark Basilica & Doge Palace
Delve into Venetian history on this tour that showcases two of the city’s most iconic structures and sheds light on the stories behind them both. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both popular attractions. Your first stop is legendary St. Mark’s Basilica. Wander around the mosaic-covered interior and Byzantine treasures while a local guide fills you in on how this collection came to be. Then continue to the Doge’s Palace to explore the former political heart of Venice.
  • Skip-the-line access and tours of St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace
  • Explore two of the floating city’s most iconic sites and learn the stories behind them
  • Visit the opulent apartments and the Hall of the Great Council at Doge’s Palace with a guide
  • Take a walk over the Bridge of Sighs
  • Enjoy special access to the first floor terrace of St. Mark’s for panoramic views over the city

Time 3 hours (Approx.)

 

The Real Hidden Venice

The Real Hidden Venice

Discover the real Secret Venice with a native Venetian guide!
The experience to live the uniqueness of the most authentic local districts.
From Cannaregio, admiring its small canals and millenary legends, the tour will take you back in 1400s, learning the stories of the Venetian Republic, full of secrets and mysteries.
During this exciting walk you will breathe a 100% local atmosphere, out of the beaten tracks, to admire the real life of Venice with its locals and crafts.
The experience will arrive up to Rialto bridge where your guide will show the old trade center from completely a different perspective!


Last but not least, an insightful exploration of San Polo where the oldest “mascareri” (creators of Carnival masks) are still working following the tradition of centuries ago. Histories, Legends and Secrets.. from the Venetian eyes!

2 hours (Approx.)