What to See and Do in Venice
Venice is probably on everybody's European bucket list, and with good reason! This city on the water has so much to offer, and it can be hard deciding what you want to do with the time you have. Here are a few ideas of what to see and do to get you started:
1. Go to Saint Mark's Square
Saint Mark's square is the most well-known piazza in Venice, and it is home to some of the most well-known attractions in Venice. In one place, you can visit Saint Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace (and the Bridge of Sighs), St Mark's clock tower, and go up the bell tower for a bird's eye view of the city. For a different perspective, get up early in the morning and go see Saint Mark's square before the crowds arrive!
2. Visit the best museums and galleries
Like most places in Italy, Venice is a hub for art and architecture. Make sure you go and check out some of the many museums, and galleries such as the Peggy Guggenheim collection and the Accademia. There are also some more off-beat places like the Viva Vivaldi exhibition and the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli
3. Go to the local market at Rialto
Venice has a large range of local produce available, so make sure you go and check out the local market. This market is especially well-known for its weird and wonderful seafood products, all right next to the famous Rialto Bridge. This will be a great experience even if you are not a 'foodie' person
4. Spend a day on the other islands
Venice made up of many small, tightly integrated islands, and is surrounded by several smaller islands. If you have the time, take a trip to some of the other islands like the glass blowing island of Murano, the quaint and colourful island of Burano, and the quiet, garden-like island of Torcello. All three of these islands can be visited in one day by using the number 12 vaporetto. Perfect day trip from Venice.
5. Go on a secret wine tour
To be like a Venetian, you need to learn how to drink like a Venetian. Consider taking a secret wine tour, where guides will take you to back street bars and show you what they drink and how they drink it. If you want to try this without a tour, go down some of the backstreets and find locals drinking at small bacaros
6. Cruise down the Grand Canal
If you want to get on the water without paying large amounts of money, take the number 1 vaporetto that will take you for a cruise down the Grand Canal. This is the hub of Venetian transport, and it is a good way to see the city in a different way and give your legs a rest
7. Go on a gondola ride
Is this iconic experience overdone? Maybe. But this does not mean that it will not be a magical experience. Fit a gondola ride into your budget
, and go discover the winding backstreet canals of one of the most romantic cities in the world. You can save money by going before 7pm, or going in a group and splitting the cost
8. Make a mask or blow some glass
Venice is rich with history and culture, and there are many things on offer to learn how to do while you are there. Go and learn how to make a real Venetian mask, take a class on how to steer a gondola, go and see the glass blowing demonstrations on the island of Murano- let Venice teach you about its rich history by actually being a part of it!
You can also engage in many offbeat and interesting activities in Venice. If all else fails, simply wander through the streets and let yourself get lost. This is a beautiful city, and almost nothing will disappoint if you simply let yourself discover it.