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Venice is our family's favorite getaway. Getting around is easy, locals are welcoming and the architecture, history and scenery are to die for. Whether you are a solo traveler, a couple or a family when in Italy, Venice is an absolute must.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

17 Places

7 City Tips

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17 Places

Day 1

Vaporetto

Bus Transportation, Mass Transportation Systems

Canal Grande

Bodies of Water

St. Mark's Square

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Basilica di San Marco

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Campanile di San Marco

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Torre dell'Orologio

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Doge's Palace

Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums, Historic Sites

Arsenale di Venezia

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities

Giardini Pubblici

Gardens, Parks

Harry's Bar

Historic Sites, Bars & Clubs, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 2

Mercati di Rialto

, Flea & Street Markets

Campo Sant' Angelo

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Campo San Barnaba

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Vetreria Murano Arte - VMA

Art Galleries, Gift & Speciality Shops,

San Michele

Cemeteries, Islands

Day 3

Lido

Islands

Santa Lucia Stazione

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Frances V's City Tips

  • Be realistic, Venice receives millions of tourists every year, there are scammers. Keep your valuables close, do not accept anything from anyone unless you have asked for it.
  • Whenever you can walk, just walk. Venice is a walkable city, there are small bridges everywhere. It's ok to get lost, it's an island!
  • Boat tickets can be purchased at the airport in increments of 1 way, 1, day, 2, days, 3 days & 7 days. They must be validated before use. You may also buy them online at act.it
  • You can ride the boat straight from the airport into Venice, but if you take the bus to the train station then get on the boat it will save you some money.
  • If on a budget, look into renting a small apartment near a market that way you can cook and pack picnic lunches. Convents are also a safe alternative and may offer breakfast.
  • Doge's Palace tickets are also online but beware some expire within 30 days of purchase whether you use them or not.
  • Get your St. Mark's Basilica tickets online ahead of time.
    Day 1
  • Vaporetto
    Bus Transportation, Mass Transportation Systems
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    Frances V Says:

    The Vaporetto is your lifeline to the other islands. If you want to go to Lido, Murano, Burano, etc. you must take the Vaporetto their simply isn't another way.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tickets can be purchased ahead of time, however the time on them does not begin until they are validated when you first use them.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 34 Transportation in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Buy a day ticket! 16/10/2018
    • Busy, but great fun! 16/10/2018
    • Vaporetto
    Address:
    Isola Nova del Tronchetto 32
    30135 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 2424
    Other:
  • Canal Grande
    Bodies of Water
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    Frances V Says:

    The best way to see this is on the Vaporetto. Take the bus to the train station then the Vaporetto to your desired location and arrive through the Grand Canal, this is the best way to mingle with locals and see everything that's happening. It will also help you get your bearings on your new location.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Stay on the outside of the Vaporetto for the best views of the Grand Canal.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Most beautiful 20/10/2018
    • One and only one! 20/10/2018
    • Canal Grande
  • St. Mark's Square
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Frances V Says:

    If you are spending 2-3 days in Venice odds are you'll walk by this Piazza often. Marvel at it, enjoy it, sit at the steps and take it in.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do not sit on the chairs of the cafes unless you plan on paying $20+ for a coffee there is a surcharge to use the outside tables.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History Art and Live music while you shop in style. 20/10/2018
    • Experience depends on what you are looking for 20/10/2018
    • St. Mark's Square
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco
    31024 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 06 0427 40436
    Other:
  • Basilica di San Marco
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Frances V Says:

    This place is breathtaking inside and out. Yes, it may be crowded with tourists so get there early! Also, pay the extra 5 euros and go upstairs the view and the artifacts are unbelievable.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ladies wear pants or skirts below the knee, as well as sleeves or take a scarf to cover your shoulders. Men wear longer shorts as well as sleeves. This is a place of worship.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not exactly amazing 20/10/2018
    • So busy 19/10/2018
    • Basilica di San Marco
    Address:
    San Marco 328
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 270 8311
    Other:
  • Campanile di San Marco
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Frances V Says:

    Try to get up to the top before the cruise ships arrive. Also you can only buy your tickets on site. There is an elevator.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • On a clear day you can see the Dolomites in the distance. Take your camera for the best views of the piazza.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Overall View of Venice, A Must See 17/10/2018
    • An amazing view that is not to be overlooked! 16/10/2018
    • Campanile di San Marco
    Address:
    Sestiere San Marco 328
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 522 5205
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
  • Torre dell'Orologio
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Frances V Says:

    It's pretty, lots of cool stuff inside but I wouldn't go back inside. Admire it from a distance, take pictures and look to the top bell, when it rings the little people on top actually hit it.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tickets can be purchased online.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • DO NOT BUY thru TRIP ADVISOR or VIATOR 17/10/2018
    • Hidden Gem....Well worth the $$ as only small group allowed at a time! 09/10/2018
    • Torre dell'Orologio
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco
    Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 4273 0892
    Other:
  • Doge's Palace
    Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums, Historic Sites
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    Frances V Says:

    Definitely go in and take your time. The collection is amazing and the lines are super long but worth it. The architectural detail of this place is magnificent and the history and passageways as well as the prison cells speak a thousand words.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets online but beware they expire 30 days after purchase, whether used or not.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 20/10/2018
    • Breathtaking Art and Armoury 20/10/2018
    • Doge's Palace
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco, 1
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 271 5911
    Other:
  • Arsenale di Venezia
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities
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    Frances V Says:

    I wouldn't spend much time in here unless you are a military buff. Honestly it was all kind of boring to me and my family, and I'm a history teacher.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • I would just look at it from the outside.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just wow! Didn't know it was there...massive, and beautiful. 18/10/2018
    • Beautiful Arsenale 13/10/2018
    • Arsenale di Venezia
    Address:
    Campo San Biagio Castello 2148
    30122 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    41 2441 399
    Other:
  • Giardini Pubblici
    Gardens, Parks
    Frances V Says:

    This is the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon. If you enjoy people watching this is the spot. Locals and tourist alike spend time here just "wasting" their day away, perfect ending to the busy day you just had.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Just relax here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Peace and Quiet 16/06/2018
    • Escape the heat and crowds 04/05/2018
    • Giardini Pubblici
    Address:
    Viale Giardini Publicci
    Largo Martiri d'Italia
    30122 Venice
    Italy
    Other:
  • Harry's Bar
    Historic Sites, Bars & Clubs, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Frances V Says:

    Well, who wouldn't want to end their first day in Venice here. It's Harry's Bar after all. Have a Bellini, they are to die for.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Sit in a corner table and watch locals and tourists.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 76 Nightlife in Venice
    • Non existent service 20/10/2018
    • very cool place...history.. 19/10/2018
    • Harry's Bar
    Address:
    Sestiere San Marco 1323
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 528 5777
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Mercati di Rialto
    , Flea & Street Markets
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    Frances V Says:

    It's easy to get "lost" here. The spices, the smells, the people, the language it's pretty much perfect. I loved getting our daily staples in this market. Local nonas come here, restaurant owners, moms, nuns, everyone comes here to shop. Just think of how long this market has been here. Marco Polo himself must've brought spices to this market, wow, I'm still in awe.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • They may not speak english, but try asking them in Italian and they'll be more likely to try as well.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enjoyed our visit to the market 19/10/2018
    • Fun to see where locals shop, vibrant colors 09/10/2018
    • Mercati di Rialto
    Address:
    Campo della Pescaria
    Vicino il Ponte di Rialto
    30125 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 274 7981
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Other:
  • Campo Sant' Angelo
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Frances V Says:

    A simple walk through this place will be all you need to fall in love with it. It is calm and quiet. Children pay soccer outside while their parents watch them. Flower vendors are here in the morning and people dine in the evenings al fresco. The Dolce Vita is very much alive here, everything here just moves at a slower much calmer pace.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Have a relaxing walk.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #143 of 792 things to do in Venice
    • Large square with many palazzo's 28/03/2018
    • Terrific Spot to Relax and Take In Venice 26/09/2017
    • Campo Sant' Angelo
    Address:
    San Marco
    30124 Venice
    Italy
    Other:
  • Campo San Barnaba
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    Frances V Says:

    Have an expresso, walk around. Breathe it, smell it, live it and enjoy it.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Relaxing walk.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see for Indiana Jones fans! 13/08/2018
    • Lovely, calm place in loud and crowded Venice 24/06/2018
    • Campo San Barnaba
    Address:
    Dorsoduro
    Venice
    Italy
  • Vetreria Murano Arte - VMA
    Art Galleries, Gift & Speciality Shops,
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    Frances V Says:

    Watch one of the free demonstrations and definitely be careful. Their store is of course full of glass, expensive glass. Buy something a small trinket. We got a Christmas ornament for our collection.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be very careful here lots of glass!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 142 Museums in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to glass blowing 08/10/2018
    • Factory is a tourist trap 30/09/2018
    • Vetreria Murano Arte - VMA
    Address:
    Calle San Cipriano 48/1
    Murano
    30141 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 736666
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • San Michele
    Cemeteries, Islands
    See more photos
    Frances V Says:

    We love visiting churches, especially in Venice. They are peaceful and so full or art. The freezes are painted right on their walls, you can't take that art and put it in a museum, it was born there. It is specific for that place, it was made with that particular, community, people and place in mind.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • As with any place of worship in Italy, ladies keep your shoulders covered, skirts or shorts below the knee. Gentleman shoulders covered pants below the knee.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Foggy 05/10/2018
    • See Photos of the Deceased of All Ages 26/06/2018
    • San Michele
    Address:
    Venetian Lagoon
    Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 729 2811
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Day 3
  • Lido
    Islands
    See more photos
    Frances V Says:

    We went to Lido for the beach. It's not a magnificent beach but when in Venice...why not.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • When you get off the boat, the beach is far, take the bus! If brave enough to walk, stop and grab a refreshing drink in one of the many streetside cafes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great beach and a perfect intermission of stressed venice 15/10/2018
    • Hidden gem 14/10/2018
    • Lido
    Phone:
    +39 041 526 8019
    Other:
  • Santa Lucia Stazione
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    Frances V Says:

    We departed to Florence from Santa Lucia. It's a nice station, fairly clean and a snack counter available. Now there is also more shopping at the station. Timetables can be confusing in Italy so make sure you ask if needed.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If your seat on the train faces the station, you will get one last glimpse of Venice it's ok to cry and feel sad just remember now there's more you want to see and you must return!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 792 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Do not go there! 12/10/2018
    • Nice but 1 Euro to use the toilets! 02/10/2018
    • Santa Lucia Stazione
    Address:
    Fondamenta Santa Lucia
    30121 Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 000 0000
    Other:
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