Fun things to do in Venice

What are some of the fun and interesting things to do in Venice?

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1. Ride a vaporetto down the Grand Canal

A great way to familiarize yourself with the feeling of this watery city is to take the number 1 vaporetto (water bus) and cruise down the Grand Canal, the main waterway of Venice shaped like and inverted S.

2. Go on a secret wine tour

If you to discover the real Venice, take a wine tour and get a feel for this important part of Venetian life. These tours will take you down the back streets and teach you how to drink like a local. Match this with a Cicchetti tour for the ultimate Venetian foodie experience.

3. Go to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Peggy Guggenheim was one of the great collectors of abstract and surreal art, and her collection at the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni is not to be missed by art lovers.

4. Go to Viva Vivaldi - The Four Seasons Mystery

Viva Vivaldi is a museum dedicated to the Italian composer Vivaldi. The museum presents his work in a way that can be seen, heard, and felt in a way that photos cannot capture.

5. Go up Saint Mark's Bell Tower

If you want to see Venice from up high, go and find this campanile in Saint Mark's square. If you are willing to wait in the lines, you can take the elevator to the top and be rewarded with stunning views of the city.

6. Take a ride in a gondola

This is perhaps the most well-known activity for discovering Venice. For a truly atmospheric ride, find a gondoliere that will take you down the backstreet waterways at dusk.

7. Ride a traghetto

A traghetto is similar to a gondola, but does not have the fancy trimmings and is used as a way for people get around instead of as a romantic ride. This is a much cheaper alternative at only 50 cents a ride.

8. Cross the Rialto Bridge

The Rialto bridge is one of the main tourist attractions in Venice, although it is a part of everyday life for locals. Go and walk across the famous arch or go under it in a vaporetto.

9. Kayaking in Venice

Kayaking on the canals or on the lagoons in Venice can offer a unique view of the city in a way that gondola rides might not. Go and get a guided tour and you'll be as close to the water as possible without actually getting in.

10. Go to an opera

For a touch of music and culture, book tickets to go to an opera at Teatro la Fenice. Be in awe of the many music and performances on offer and immerse yourself in a bit of class and culture for the evening.

11. Learn how to make a Venetian mask

Experience this Venetian tradition up close and personal and learn how to make your very own mask! Classes at places like Ca' Macana offer the history of this well-known tradition, and give you the chance to make your own to take home.

12. Go and see how to blow glass

If you take a waterbus to the island of Murano, you can have the chance to see glass blowing workshops. The best way to do this is to just take the afternoon to wander around the island and see what different workshops have on offer.

13. Visit St. Mary of Miracles (Santa Maria dei Miracoli)

This beautiful little church tucked away from some of the more crowded areas is known for having an icon of the Virgin Mary that has been credited with several miracles.

14. Go to Lido di Venezia

Lido is a sandbar that lies just to the side of the central island of Venice. This is a great little day trip if you want to escape the confusing city center and chill out on the beach for a day.

15. Go to the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

Pay a small fee to take the elevator to the top of the tower for panoramic views of St. Mark’s square and the city.

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Getting lost

Fun activities in Venice can be strolling and getting lost in the streets of Venice, making a bacaro tour (the tour of the bacari, as many as you want and where you want, drinking ombres 'shadows', chatting and eating cicheti).

Go to the beach

In the summer you can go to the beach to bathe, play football on the beach and sunbathe or rent a kayak, alone or with friends, to explore the canals.

Enjoy the wet weather

In some periods of the year, the tide rises and much of the city is submerged by water: this phenomenon is called Acqua Alta. It can be a lot of fun, if you have proper boots, walk through Venice with this scenario!

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