Venice, Italy is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and home to many attractions and sights, some of which are off the beaten “tourist” path.
If you are thinking of planning a trip to Venice or may find yourself there on business in the future, keep in mind these ten Venice activities you just should not miss.
#1- Take a Ride On the Vaporetto
If you only have a short amount of time to devote to sightseeing while in Venice, riding a vaporetto up the Grand Canal will give you the best perspective on the “real” Venice. There are several times and places at which you could board for a pleasant experience, however, if you are able to board the #1 at Lido early in the morning you are in for, perhaps, the best experience of all. Remember to take your camera and get a nice seat as there are many attractions along the bank that you will not want to miss.
#2- See the Rialto and Accademia Bridges
While riding the Vaporetto, make sure to keep an eye out for these two bridges. If you have time and want to do some shopping, you might want to get off in the Rialto Bridge area for a wonderful shopping experience.
#3- Visit St. Mark’s Square
St. Mark’s Square is one of the most visited and most photographed places in Venice, Italy and for a reason! Like most of the town, it is lit up at night and, if you can make it out in the late evening, you will find that most or all other tourists have left it empty for a truly spectacular experience and an excellent opportunity to take photos.
#4- Ride the Elevator up the Campanile
While in the Square, you are sure to notice the large bell tower in front of the church. Pay the small fee to ride to the top for a wondrous view of St. Mark’s Basilica and the city itself.
#5- Enter St. Mark’s Basilica
If you visit St. Mark’s Square during the day, you might as well step inside the nearby church, St. Mark’s Basilica. Entry into the church itself is free but inside you will find three museums for which there are charges. Depending upon your budget, you may want to visit all three; each offers a pleasant and unique experience. However, if you can only visit one, take the steep staircase near the entrance to see the original horses that once overlooked the square. While there, you can also visit the roof for a spectacular view of St. Mark’s Square from above.
#6- Scoot Over to Doge’s Palace
Right next to St. Mark’s Basilica is Doge’s Palace to which it is partially connected. The Palace is a beautiful gothic structure from the 1300s, which used to be used as a city hall of sorts. Now Doge’s Palace is filled with stunning artwork and offers exclusive access to the Bridge of Sighs, another must see attraction.
#7- Ride a Gondola
Gondola rides are amongst the most recognizable activities to do while in Venice. If you’re willing to pay the steep price for riding, you will get a romantic experience and memorable view of the Grand Canal.
#8- Visit the Peggy Guggenheim Museum
You will pass by the Peggy Guggenheim Museum while riding the Vaporetto but do not leave Venice until you have been to see this museum’s gorgeous sculpture garden and collection of art featuring many renown artists including Picasso.
#9- Visit Murano
As far as tourist shopping in Venice goes, Murano is the place to go. Murano is a tightly clustered island of tourist shops. While there, be sure to visit at least one glass-blowing shop for demonstrations (and souvenirs).
#10- Walk on Burano Island
If you go to Murano, be sure to visit the neighboring island of Burano. Here you will find a pleasant walking experience and unique architectural buildings painted an assortment of bright colors. It is truly a must see.Top 10 Things To Do In Venice, Italy,