Top 33 Things To Do In Venice: A Complete Guide

Top 33 Things To Do In Venice: A Complete Guide

Venice, the floating city, is known for its enchanting canals, romantic gondola rides, and stunning architecture. With so many things to see and do in Venice, it can be hard to know where to start. That's why we've compiled a list of the top 100 things to do while in Venice. Whether you want to explore iconic landmarks like St Mark’s Square and Basilica or discover hidden gems like The Fight Club Bridge or Scala Contarini Del Bovolo, this list covers it all. We’ve also included recommendations for shopping and dining, so you can experience authentic Venetian culture. So grab your map and get ready to uncover everything that Venice has to offer!

1. Explore St Mark’s Square and Piazza San Marco

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St. Mark's Square, also known as Piazza San Marco, is the largest square in Venice and a must-visit spot for anyone visiting the city. It's home to some of the most famous historical sites in Venice, including St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. The piazza is also a popular gathering spot for locals and tourists alike to stroll, drink coffee, and visit fashionable shops and cafes.

While St. Mark's Square is undoubtedly a highlight of any visit to Venice, it can be expensive when it comes to dining or shopping options. Visitors recommend exploring beyond the square to find more affordable options.

During autumn and winter, the square can flood, creating a unique experience for visitors and locals alike. Despite this challenge, St. Mark's Square remains accessible 24/7 and free to access so you can enjoy its beauty around the clock!

2. Take a Gondola Ride through the Canals of Venice

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A trip to Venice is incomplete without taking a gondola ride through its famous canals. Experience the romantic magic of gliding through Venetian canals on a gondola with a traditional gondolier. While gondola rides can be expensive, you may opt for the budget-friendly Traghetto, which costs only €2 for a short ride across the canal.

If you're willing to spend more for an authentic experience, purchase a gondola ride ticket for €32 per person and share the ride with four other passengers to save money. Gondola rides are available throughout the day, so choose your preferred slot for a 30-35 minutes voyage.

For those seeking more adventure, kayaking through the canals on a guided tour is also an option. It allows you to explore scenic locations like Sant'Andrea fort and lagoon islands while enjoying the cool breeze and breathtaking views of Venice from the water.

3. Visit the Iconic St Mark’s Basilica and Campanile

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If you are in Venice, a visit to St Mark's Basilica is an absolute must. The basilica was built in honor of St. Mark the Evangelist and features breathtaking architecture such as bronze horses and thousands of square feet of mosaics. If you're interested in seeing it without the crowds, consider taking a magical night tour. Don't miss the chance to climb the Campanile di San Giorgio Maggiore for unbeatable views of St Mark's Square, the Grand Canal, and the Doge's Palace emerging from the mist.  The church features a statue of St Mark along with Venice's emblem, which is a winged lion. It is one of the most impressive sights both inside and outside while situated on St. Mark's Square, making it an iconic destination you won't want to miss while exploring Venice.

4. Experience the Grand Canal on a Water Bus Tour

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One of the most enjoyable ways to explore the beauty of Venice is by taking a boat tour down the Grand Canal. From water taxis and motorboats to gondolas and dinner cruises, there is no shortage of options for you to experience Venice's charm. The cheapest and most convenient option is to take the vaporetto, or water bus, along Linea 1. This route takes you past Piazzale Roma, Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge, and all the way to the train station. However, beware of scams when opting for iconic Venetian gondolas. Take some time to admire the view of this heavily transited waterway from Ponte di Rialto while reveling in the mesmerizing sight of boats gliding up and down the canal. For a unique experience, don't miss out on witnessing the traditional Regata Storica rowing event that takes place on the first Sunday of September during your boat tour along Grand Canal.

5. Discover the History of Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs

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Venice is home to some of the breathtakingly beautiful architectures, and one such magnificent landmark is Doge's Palace. It has a rich history, and admiring its grandeur is worth every penny. With a Skip the Line ticket and a local guide, explore the palace, including sections not open to the general public. Ascend the Scala dei Giganti and Scala d'Oro to experience the most beautiful chamber of Doge's Palace - Sala del Collegio.

The Bridge of Sighs, which connects the palace to prison, is another attraction that draws thousands of tourists each year. Admire it from Ponte de Paglia or walk across it on one of the private tours available. One can also discover the notorious prison's history by taking a tour across Casanova's escape route on the Bridge of Sighs.

Inside Doge's Palace lies Tintoretto's Paradise, known as the world's largest oil painting. Visitors can also catch works by other Venetian greats in this grand palace. If you are visiting Venice, make sure to include this landmark in your itinerary - you won't regret it!

6. Walk Across the Ponte di Rialto to San Polo

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The Ponte di Rialto is one of the busiest pedestrian bridges in Venice and offers a stunning view of the city. The best way to avoid crowds is to take a late afternoon stroll from Piazzale Roma towards St. Mark’s Square. Use the budget-friendly Traghetto to cross the canal from Rialto Square instead of paying for a gondola ride. From the top of the Rialto Bridge, you can watch gondolas, vaporettos, and ferries on the Grand Canal. While strolling along the bridge, don't forget to browse through local souvenir shops and jewelry stores that line up on both sides, making it an ideal place for leisurely walks with scenic views. It's safe to say that walking across Ponte di Rialto in San Polo is an absolute must-do activity when in Venice!

7. Go Shopping for Authentic Venetian Souvenirs and Glassware

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Venice is famous for its beautiful and unique souvenirs and glassware, which make perfect gifts for friends and family. The Rialto Market, Freezeria, Ca' del Sol Maschere, Venini, and Murano are some of the best places to explore local markets and buy authentic Venetian souvenirs and glassware. You can also visit San Marco or neighboring islands like Murano to find some of the best Venetian glass stores and admire colorful artisan glass. For a more upscale experience, big branded shops like Signor Blum, Officine904, Emilio Ceccato, and Kalimala Cuoieria offer luxury shopping experiences in Venice.

For those who enjoy supporting local businesses, La Bottega di Pre offers authentic Venetian crafts such as charming magnets, crafted picture frames, vintage hot air balloons, and more. If you're on a budget but still want to experience the culture of Venice, watching gondoliers row by while singing and playing the accordion is a free activity that's sure to enhance your trip to Venice. The best spot is adjacent to the Querini Stampalia Library. Whatever your interests or budget may be, there's something for everyone in Venice when it comes to souvenir shopping.

8. Relax at Lido di Venezia Beach or Explore the Lagoon Islands

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Venice, known as Italy's floating city, is a place of wonder that offers travelers endless things to do. One of the best ways to experience Venice is through a classic gondola ride that takes you through historic buildings, palaces, and bridges. However, if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while, head over to Lido di Venezia. There you can relax at their sandy beach and refresh yourself with the sea breeze. It’s also an excellent place for fun activities like sunbathing, bodyboarding, kite flying, and enjoying gelato under the warm sun. And don't forget to attend the Venice Film Festival held every year at Lido di Venezia – it's a great way to unwind after sightseeing. Alternatively, you can visit Lazzaretto Nuovo – a serene eco-park and open-air museum near Murano Island – for some peace of mind.

9. See the Clock Tower at Torre dell'Orologio

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One of the most iconic landmarks in Venice is the Clock Tower at Torre dell'Orologio. The tower features bronze Moors that strike the large bell each hour, providing both a visual and auditory treat for tourists. Another must-visit attraction in Venice is the Rialto Bridge. This stunning stone bridge spans the Grand Canal and offers breathtaking views of the waterway and surrounding city. For those who want to escape the crowds, exploring art foundations such as Fondazione Cini and Le Stanze del Vetro on San Giorgio Maggiore can be an excellent option. Additionally, visitors can take a trip to see the replica of the 16th-century original Campanile di San Marco, which offers an ideal photo opportunity even though it provides few canal views. These are just a few of the many activities available to travelers looking to uncover all that Venice has to offer.

10. Visit the Art Galleries of Gallerie dell'Accademia and Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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The Gallerie dell'Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection are two art galleries that any lover of art should visit while in Venice. The Gallerie dell’Accademia hosts Venice's most important historical paintings from the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods. It has an extensive collection of paintings by Venetian artists such as Tintoretto, Bellini, and Veronese. You can get a good view of the Grand Canal and the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute from here.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is housed in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th-century palace, which was once home to American heiress Peggy Guggenheim. The gallery features modern artworks from Picasso, Dali, Miró, Kandinsky, and more. The terrace of the museum provides a stunning view of Ponte dell'Accademia.

Surrealist and abstract art lovers should definitely visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection to see works by Pollock, Picasso, and Dali among others. The history of the museum is also fascinating - it was established after Napoleon took artwork from closed churches in Venice and was later converted into a gallery and school by Peggy Guggenheim herself.

11. Explore Jewish Quarter and Museo Ebraico di Venezia

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One of the must-visit places in Venice is the Jewish Quarter, which was established in 1516 and was the world's first ghetto. The area served as home to Venetian Jews until the early 19th century. Today, visitors can explore the quarter and learn about its history at the Museo Ebraico di Venezia, a museum dedicated to showcasing Jewish culture and history.

In addition to exploring the Jewish Quarter, there are many other must-see attractions in Venice. For example, one can visit Ca’ Rezzonico Museum, which offers classical interiors overlooking the Grand Canal. Another exciting location is Giardini della Biennale where you can see art and architecture exhibitions from various national pavilions.

Contemporary art lovers should not miss Peggy Guggenheim Museum and Giardino Della Marinaressa sculpture garden, which display works by some of today's most innovative artists. There are so many things to do in Venice that this list could go on forever!

12. Admire Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and Santa Maria dei Miracoli

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Venice is known for its beautiful churches, and two of the most photographed ones are Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute and Santa Maria dei Miracoli. The Baroque-style Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute stands out with its classic dome and statues of the apostles. Built in honor of the Virgin Mary, who saved Venice from the bubonic plague, this church features a postcard-setting and is free to enter. Its Sacristy showcases paintings including Tintoretto's Marriage at Cana, while the hexagonal design of its interior allows light to pour in.

On the other hand, Santa Maria dei Miracoli is a Renaissance-style church that boasts a beautiful façade and unique interior frescoes. Admire these churches and immerse yourself in Venice's rich cultural heritage.

13. Enjoy a Show at Teatro La Fenice

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Teatro La Fenice is a stunning opera house in Venice, and it's definitely worth a visit. The auditorium is beautiful, and you can experience premieres of famous Italian composers by attending one of the shows. Book tickets ahead of time online to secure your spot. Even if you don't plan on attending a performance, it's still a must-see attraction in Venice. Morning or afternoon entry tickets are available for those who want to explore the place without attending any show. Witnessing the emperor’s box in the auditorium is an experience that cannot be missed. You can also attend classical musical concerts such as I Musici Veneziani, which offers romantic dinner options too, making it an unforgettable experience for anyone visiting Venice.

14. Discover Ca' d'Oro, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and Palazzo Rezzonico

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Venice is a city with endless attractions and beautiful architectural masterpieces. Ca'd'Oro, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and Palazzo Rezzonico are just some of the many landmarks that the city offers. Ca' d'Oro is an impressive palace, with Venetian Gothic-style architecture that offers a glimpse into life during the Middle Ages. The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is another magnificent building with intricate interior decorations and Tintoretto paintings. Besides, Palazzo Rezzonico is a must-visit for those interested in Baroque and Rococo styles; it houses elegant furnishings and silk wall coverings. Visitors can also take a trip to Murano, Burano, or Torcello Islands to witness the beauty of Venetian Lagoon, each island with its own unique charm. Moreover, the Piazza San Marco is home to some of Venice's major attractions, including the Byzantine marvel of Basilica di San Marco and the Gothic Doge's Palace.

15. Relax at Giardini della Biennale and Parco delle Rimembranze

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Venice is a city that never fails to amaze travelers with its charm and beauty. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the busy city, sometimes all you need is some quiet time to unwind. Giardini della Biennale and Parco delle Rimembranze are excellent choices for those who want to relax away from the crowds. Giardini della Biennale hosts the Venice Biennale Art Festival, which showcases some of the world's best contemporary art and architecture. On the other hand, Parco delle Rimembranze offers stunning views of the lagoon along with beautiful gardens. If you have more time to spare, take a trip to Lazzaretto Nuovo - a serene eco-park located just a few hours away from Venice - for an unforgettable experience. Lastly, don't miss out on a classic 35-minute gondola ride through the canals of Venice, or try a budget-friendly Traghetto ride across the canal's width for an authentic Venetian experience.

16. The Bridge Of Sighs

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The Bridge of Sighs is a must-visit landmark in Venice. It is an enclosed bridge made of white limestone that connects Doge's Palace to the prisons. The prison cells were used centuries ago when Venice was under the Republic. According to Venetian lore, couples who kiss under the bridge are granted eternal bliss.

Visitors can take private tours to explore the dark cells of Prigioni Nuove or a Skip the Line tour to visit sections of the palace that are not open to general visitors. For those looking for a vantage point, the best place to view the Bridge of Sighs is from Ponte de Paglia, located on the Grand Canal just past St. Mark’s Square. The Bridge of Sighs remains an important historic landmark in Venice and is worth a visit while exploring this beautiful floating city.

17. The Grand Canal (Canale Grande)

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The Grand Canal (Canale Grande) is the most significant waterway that runs through Venice and is famous for its stunning Venetian architecture. The canal is an eye-catching spectacle, lined by grand palaces with well-preserved facades, which are easily viewable from a vaporetto. The canal can only be crossed by four bridges, making it a unique travel experience. As you travel down the canal, you will see boats of all shapes and sizes, including gondolas, water taxis, and garbage collection boats.

Travelers to Venice should not miss a boat tour down the Grand Canal, which is one of the top experiences to have in this floating city. It's an excellent way to enjoy the romantic beauty of Venice while taking in its incredible history and culture. Whether you choose to ride on a vaporetto or take a gondola tour, experiencing the Grand Canal's vibrancy will give you an unforgettable Venetian experience.

18. Ponte Di Rialto Bridge

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The Ponte di Rialto is the oldest and most striking of the four bridges in Venice that span the Grand Canal. This pedestrian bridge is an essential stop on any Venetian itinerary. The bridge, which was originally wooden, now boasts ornate stonework and three sets of stairs divided by arcades. The Rialto Bridge is a popular tourist attraction with a range of shops selling souvenirs and jewelry. It offers spectacular views of the city from the top and is the inspiration for several other bridges around the world, including Pulteney Bridge in Bath. Although it can be busy, walking over this iconic bridge at least once is a must-do activity in Venice. The stairs on the outer sides offer amazing views of the Grand Canal and passing gondolas. And if you're looking to pick up some Venetian souvenirs, consider browsing in one of the boutiques on the bridge during your visit.

19. Ride A Gondola In Venice

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No visit to Venice is complete without a gondola ride, but be prepared to pay for the experience. A classic gondola ride through the historic canals of Venice costs between €80-€100 for a 30-minute ride. If you’re on a budget, consider taking a traghetto ride across the canal for a more affordable option. Alternatively, you can take a water bus or taxi down the Grand Canal for a less expensive but still enjoyable experience. It’s important to be respectful of locals who use the traghetto as necessary transportation and avoid any potential gondola ride scams. Ultimately, it’s worth paying the price for an authentic and unforgettable gondola experience in Venice.

20. Visit Doges’ Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

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Doge's Palace, located in the heart of St. Mark's Square, is a must-visit attraction in Venice for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts. Once the residence of the doge and seat of government, Doge's Palace is now a museum that offers beautiful views of the Venetian Lagoon. The palace was originally built as a fort and has stood against wars, fires, and even invasions over the years. Its luxurious interior, which includes works by famous artists such as Titian and Veronese, makes it one of Venice's most famous landmarks.

Taking a fast-track tour to visit Doge's Palace is worth it to learn about its intriguing past. You can walk through the Bridge of Sighs and experience what many prisoners did before they were taken to their cells. Learn about the mysterious past of this place with an informative guide who can take you through its fascinating history.

21. St. Mark’s Basilica

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When in Venice, visiting St. Mark's Basilica is a must. It is a stunning example of Italo-Byzantine architecture and boasts more than 85,000 sq ft of mosaics. The basilica's gold-leaf mosaics, intricate domed ceilings, and the stunning Pala d'Oro are sure to leave you mesmerized. Originally built in 829 and rebuilt after a fire in 967, St. Mark’s Basilica is free to enter. Don't miss the small basilica museum and outdoor terrace from where you can see the beautiful views of the square named after it - St. Mark's Square. For an even better view, climb the Campanile or visit the San Marco Museum inside the basilica for a small fee. Do not forget to add this architectural marvel to your itinerary when planning your trip to Venice!

22. Go Up San Marco Campanile

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For a breathtaking view of Venice, take the elevator up to the top of the Campanile di San Marco. The Campanile has served as an observatory for Galileo and is an iconic landmark in St. Mark's Square. The panoramic vistas from the top are simply stunning and offer a bird’s eye view of Venice's architecture and lagoon. To save time, you can purchase tickets online in advance for €12 and avoid long lines.

As an added bonus, Riva degli Schiavoni offers picturesque views of the Venetian lagoon and San Giorgio Maggiore Island. For visitors looking to avoid crowds at Campanile di San Marco, it is better to visit early in the morning or later in the evening.

23. Take A Day Trip To Burano

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One of the best day trips to take from Venice is to the colorful island of Burano. The vibrant houses and beautiful culture make it a must-visit destination. Don't forget to try the famous lace-making, and taste the delicious risotto de gò made with local fish.

For nature lovers, Lazzaretto Nuovo offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Venice. This small island is just a few hours away from Venice and provides a serene atmosphere to enjoy the sea breeze.

For those who want a more practical, engaging, and affordable way to travel, kayaking through the canals of Venice is an excellent option. It offers an intimate perspective on the city's architecture and way of life.

Visiting both Murano and Burano islands in one go is also possible with a half-day island-hopping tour. However, if you plan on visiting the glass factories in Murano Island, it's recommended that you make reservations beforehand to avoid any hassle or disappointment.

24. Basilica Di Santa Maria Della Salute

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The Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute ranks high among the top landmarks to visit in Venice, Italy. The church was constructed in the 17th century as a thanksgiving offering for ending the bubonic plague that killed over 80,000 people. The building boasts an impressive Baroque-style structure with four apostles' statues and a magnificent dome that is visible from various parts of the city. It is undoubtedly one of the most photographed churches in Venice, thanks to its postcard setting at the tip of a peninsula across from Doge's Palace. The Sacristy of Santa Maria della Salute showcases Tintoretto's Marriage at Cana and other paintings. For easy access, visitors can hop on a Vaporetto water taxi with a stop right out front of the Basilica, and entrance into this iconic landmark is free.

25. Climb San Giorgio Maggiore

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If you're looking for a peaceful and serene escape from the crowds, head over to San Giorgio Maggiore Island. Explore the island's beautiful church, cloister, and waterfront café. You can also climb the Renaissance-style bell tower for stunning views of Venice at just €3 EURO. San Giorgio Maggiore Island is also home to several art foundations like Fondazione Cini and Le Stanze del Vetro that are worth exploring.

If you want to get a better view of Venice proper, choose San Giorgio Maggiore’s bell tower instead of San Marco Campanile. The views from this tower are truly breathtaking, giving you a unique perspective on the city's beauty. Be sure to take a boat ride to this little island and get a glimpse of the Renaissance basilica that is an integral part of the Venetian landscape.

26. Check Out The Canareggio District

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The Canareggio district is a hidden gem in Venice that offers a unique insight into local life. It's a less-crowded area with narrow alleyways, charming canals, and local cafes that offer Venetian cuisine. You can join a Cannaregio walking tour to explore the fascinating history of this district, visit the landmarks such as St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace through skip-the-line tours to avoid crowds.

If you want to take in the surrounding architecture of St. Mark's Square, grab a coffee or head a few streets away for more affordable meals and souvenirs. To truly explore Venice, you should visit smaller islands like Lido, Murano or Burano by taking a ferry (vaporetto). Exploring these islands will give you an authentic Venetian experience and allow you to see another side of this enchanting city.

27. Eat a Traditional Tramezzino

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If you're in Venice, don’t miss the chance to try a traditional Tramezzino. Some argue that it's the perfect snack in between meals. These Venetian sandwiches are usually stuffed with various fillings like ham, tuna, shrimp, or veggies along with delicious sauces and spices. You can find some of the best Tramezzini at Bar alla Toletta.

Another must-try food option in Venice is Cicchetti. They are small plates of food, similar to Spanish tapas, and can be found throughout Venice’s bars and cafes. Joining a food tour is an excellent way to sample these delicacies while learning about the history and culture associated with the food.

Trying out these famous Venetian dishes is a great way to explore both historic and modern Venice. So take a break from sightseeing and indulge yourself with Cicchetti or Tramezzino – you won't regret it!

28. Get Lost In Venice’s Narrow Alleys

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When in Venice, take some time to explore the city's hidden gems by getting lost in its maze of narrow alleys. Wander aimlessly and keep an eye out for the beautiful surprises around every turn. Put away your map and phone and lose yourself amidst the little shops, public squares, lesser-visited canals, and bridges. This way, you'll get to experience the true essence of Venice. For a unique twist, join an underground ghost tour to learn about the eerie stories of Venetian underground history. Despite feeling trapped in a maze when navigating through this romanticized city, getting lost in Venice's narrow alleys is an enjoyable way to explore one of the world's most beautiful cities.

29. Buy A Venetian Carnival Mask

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Buying a Venetian Carnival mask is one of the most exciting things to do in Venice. Carnival masks have a rich history that dates back to the 13th century. They were used to hide the identity of those who wanted to engage in illicit activities, and also facilitated mingling of classes during the annual Carnival in February. You can buy souvenirs from street carts or specialized shops like Ca'Macana. The variety ranges from cheap, mass-produced versions to elaborate handmade art pieces. You can also attend a workshop and learn ancient techniques and history while making or painting your own Carnival mask. Design your authentic paper maché mask and take it home as a unique souvenir of your trip to Venice.

30. Scala Contarini Del Bovolo

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Scala Contarini Del Bovolo is a true masterpiece located in Venice. This ancient spiral staircase situated in Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo was constructed during the Renaissance. Visitors can climb the stairs to the observation terrace for a breathtaking view of Venice's skyline. To avoid waiting in long lines, tickets can be purchased on-site. Once you reach the observation deck, take in the stunning views of Venice's historical landmarks and beautiful architecture. The Scala Contarini del Bovolo is an excellent spot to capture memorable photos with family and friends. Don't forget to visit nearby San Rocco Church for an even more enriching experience.

31. Libreria Acqua Alta Book Store

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One of the must-visit places in Venice is the Libreria Acqua Alta bookstore. It is known for its unique setting where books are stored in bathtubs and a gondola to prevent them from annual flooding. The bookstore is not just famous for its quirky backdrops for photos but also features interesting reads and titles from around the world. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the company of adorable adopted stray cats that roam around the shelves. However, it’s worth noting that the store tends to get crowded, and it’s not as photogenic as it appears in some photos. Visitors can climb the stacks of books for a view of the canal behind the store, but it's not any more scenic than other canals in Venice. So if you're a book lover or looking for a unique experience while exploring Venice, head over to Libreria Acqua Alta Bookstore!

32. The Fight Club Bridge

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Venice is a city full of enigmatic bridges, each one with its own unique story to tell. One such bridge is the Ponte dei Pugni, or The Fight Club Bridge. In the past, this ornate stone structure was a popular venue for fist-fights between rival factions, and to this day is still marked with footprints where the fighters would stand. The Bridge of Sighs is another famous bridge in Venice that connects the Doge Palace to the prison across the canal. Legend has it that prisoners would sigh as they walked across, giving rise to its name. For a great view of this bridge, visit the Ponte de Paglia which offers an excellent view for free. A visit to St. Mark's Square should also include glimpsing this iconic bridge. Lastly, don't miss La Barca - a family-owned floating vegetable market featured in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some lesser-known attractions or activities to do in Venice?

There are many lesser-known attractions and activities to do in Venice, such as visiting the San Francesco della Vigna church and its beautiful cloisters or exploring the Jewish Ghetto with its unique history and delicious food. You can also take a boat ride to Torcello Island to see ancient ruins and stunning mosaics or venture to the island of Burano to see brightly colored houses and watch lace-making demonstrations.

Other options include visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, taking a sunset walk along the Zattere promenade, or enjoying an aperitivo at one of the city's hidden bars.

What are some must-see historical landmarks in Venice?

Some of the must-see historical landmarks in Venice include St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, Rialto Bridge, and the Grand Canal. Other notable landmarks include the Bridge of Sighs, Ca' d'Oro, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Each of these landmarks offers a unique glimpse into Venice's rich history and cultural heritage, making them well worth a visit during your time in the city.

What are some recommended restaurants or food experiences in Venice?

I'm sorry, as an AI language model, I do not have personal preferences or experiences. However, you can try searching for recommendations from travel websites or food blogs to find the best restaurants and food experiences in Venice. Some popular dishes to try include cicchetti (Venetian tapas), sarde in saor (sweet and sour sardines), and fegato alla veneziana (Venetian-style liver). Don't forget to also indulge in gelato or tiramisu for dessert!

What are the best ways to navigate and travel around Venice?

The best ways to navigate and travel around Venice include walking, taking water taxis or vaporetti (public water buses), and using a map or GPS. Walking is the most popular option, as it allows you to explore the city's narrow streets and canals at your own pace. Water taxis or vaporetti are also convenient for traveling longer distances or reaching islands like Murano or Burano. It's important to note that there are no cars in Venice, so be prepared to carry your luggage or use a porter service if necessary. Additionally, purchasing a Venezia Unica City Pass can provide discounts on transportation and attractions.

What are some traditional Venetian dishes I should try while visiting?

While visiting Venice, you should definitely try some traditional Venetian dishes such as risotto al nero di seppia (black squid ink risotto), sarde in saor (sweet and sour marinated sardines), baccalà mantecato (creamed salt cod), fegato alla veneziana (Venetian-style liver and onions), and cicchetti (small plates of snacks or appetizers). These dishes are not only delicious but also offer a taste of the unique culinary history and culture of Venice.

How can I navigate Venice's famous canals and waterways?

To navigate Venice's famous canals and waterways, you can hire a private water taxi, take a public vaporetto (water bus), or even rent your own boat. Walking is also a great way to explore the city's winding streets and hidden alleyways. Keep in mind that some areas may be crowded with tourists during peak season, so it's best to plan ahead and avoid popular spots during peak hours. Additionally, be sure to familiarize yourself with the water traffic rules and regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the water.

What is the best time of year to visit Venice?

The best time of year to visit Venice depends on your preferences. The peak tourist season is from June to August, when the weather is warm and sunny but crowds are at their highest. Spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) offer milder temperatures and fewer tourists. Winter (December to February) can be chilly and damp, but it also offers the opportunity to experience Venice during the famous Carnival season. Ultimately, it's best to research what each season has to offer and choose the time that suits your interests and travel style.

How many days is enough in Venice?

The number of days to spend in Venice really depends on your personal preferences and travel plans. However, many people find that spending 2-3 days in Venice is enough time to see the major sights and experience the city's unique atmosphere. If you have more time, consider exploring some of the lesser-known neighborhoods and attractions or taking a day trip to nearby islands like Murano or Burano.

What are some unique things to do in Venice, Italy?

There are many unique things to do in Venice, Italy, such as taking a gondola ride through the canals, visiting the colorful island of Burano with its lace-making tradition, exploring the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of modern art, enjoying a traditional Aperitivo at a local bar, taking part in a Venetian mask-making workshop, and visiting the historic Rialto Market to sample local food and drinks.

Is there a better place to see Venice from above than on top of the city’s tallest building?

While the tallest building in Venice may offer a great view from above, there are other options for seeing the city from a different perspective. One popular option is to take a ride on the Ferris wheel at the end of Via Garibaldi, which provides panoramic views of the city and its canals. Another option is to climb to the top of the Campanile di San Marco, located in St. Mark's Square, which offers stunning views of Venice's iconic landmarks. There are also numerous rooftop bars and restaurants throughout the city that provide unique vantage points for taking in the views.

Where to stay in Venice?

Venice offers a variety of accommodation options for travelers. If you want to experience the city's charming canals and historic architecture, consider staying in the central districts of San Marco or Castello. For a quieter and more local atmosphere, Dorsoduro and Cannaregio offer authentic Venetian neighborhoods with plenty of cafes and restaurants.

If you prefer to stay away from the crowds, Giudecca Island provides a peaceful retreat with stunning views of the city. Ultimately, it depends on your preferences and budget, but any area in Venice is sure to provide a memorable stay.

What is considered bad manners in Italy?

In Italy, it is generally considered bad manners to eat or drink while walking on the street, as well as to ask for parmesan cheese on seafood dishes. It is also important to dress appropriately when visiting churches and other religious sites. Interrupting someone while they are speaking or showing up late for appointments and meetings are also considered impolite behaviors in Italian culture.

Tips and things to know before visiting Venice?

Before visiting Venice, consider the following tips:

1. Plan your trip in advance to avoid crowds and high prices during peak season.

2. Wear comfortable shoes as walking is the primary mode of transportation in Venice.

3. Learn a few basic Italian phrases as many locals do not speak English.

4. Be prepared for high prices on food and drinks, especially in tourist areas.

5. Respect local customs and culture, such as covering your shoulders and knees when entering churches.

With these tips in mind, you can make the most of your visit to one of the most unique cities in the world!


Venice is a city filled with endless possibilities and hidden gems waiting to be explored. From gondola rides to authentic Italian cuisine, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're a first-time traveler or a seasoned explorer, our list of the top 100 things to do in Venice will help you uncover the true essence of this magical city. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today and experience all that Venice has to offer. Don't forget to share this blog with your travel buddies and start packing your bags!

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