Venice is one of my favorite cities in Italy, and one of the world’s most romantic cities (before Paris). Its stunning architecture, unique bridges, colorful streets, the gondolas floating across picturesque canals. Ah, I will never stop loving the ‘City of Water’ Venice.
Although Venice is a small city, there is still so much to see. Most of people plan just few days to stay, therefore I have created a short list of my favorite experiences in Venice.
Get lost in Venice’s narrow streets
Venice is a labyrinth of narrow streets, beautiful passageways and hidden alleys – still it’s easy to get oriented. The city is small but enough to spend several hours strolling around. Explore as much as possible. Sit and relax in city squares, go to beautiful Venetian old cafes, and just enjoy watching people. Just put down your map and wander!
Grand Canal at Piazza San Marco
The heart of Venice, which you can’t miss. The winged lion is the symbol for Saint Mark, the patron saint of Venice, and thus the symbol of the city itself. Best thing to do here? Go to Café Florian for an espresso and relax before exploring the city.
Go to the top of the Campanile di San Marco
For the most amazing view, climb the Campanile di San Marco, to get the best views of the city.
Hours: vary by season. Always get informed on the official website, because during adverse weather conditions, the Campanile is closed.
Pro tip: Lines can be very long to enter the bell tower. Before you visit Venice, book a time slot on the official St. Marco Basilica website.
Ponte di Rialto
The famous Rialto Bridge is always filled with crowds of tourists. Spanning the Grand Canal, you can enjoy another breathtaking view of the city. Expect lot of tourists around in this busy spot of Venice. Nevertheless, take lot of pictures and sit at Riva Rialto for a delicious Spaghetti ai Frutti di Mare.
Gondolas, worth to ride?
I have been in Venice several times but haven’t had a Gondola tour yet, because I always found it a bit too cliché. However, I want to experience it once and have a COMPLETE Venice experience. So, it’s definitely worth it!
The Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs from outside the Doges’ Palace. Stand facing the Doges’ Palace with the Grand Canal behind. There is a small bridge that spans the canal along the eastern border of the Doges’ Palace. From this bridge you can have this iconic view. The two small windows you see on the bridge were made for prisoners so that they would have this final view of the city before the execution would happen. You can even tour the Doges’ Palace on your own or book a guided tour and have the most unique views of Venice is from the Bridge of Sighs.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice, Italy. It is one of the most visited attractions and one of Europe’s premier museums devoted to modern art. The museum’s holdings is Peggy Guggenheim’s personal collection of 20th-century art comprised of masterpieces ranging in style from Cubism and Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism.
The Venice Biennale, a major exhibition that takes over the city from May to November. This year the 17th International Architecture Exhibition will run 23 May to 29 November 2020 (pre-opening 21 and 22 May), curated by architect and scholar Hashim Sarkis. The Venice Biennale has been for over 120 years one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Click here to get more information.
Libreria Acqua Alta
World’s most unique bookstore, Libreria Acqua Alta has resigned itself to constant flooding by keeping its books in bathtubs and boats. Very impressive and a must visit! Address: Calle Lunga Santa Maria Formosa, 5176b, 30122 Venice
Museo del Merletto
I posted a whole blogpost dedicated to Burano, where I mentioned Museo del Merletto. The lace museum is must see if you visit Burano, which is located in a gothic palace, nowadays the Town Hall. Museo del Merletto showcases the story of a craft endured for centuries and evoked the epitome of sophistication.
Murano Glass Museum
If you plan to visit Murano, the Museo del Vetro is a museum on the history of glass, including local Murano glass is a must see. From an archaeological section, to the largest historical collection of Murano glass in the world. The pieces dating from the 15th to the 20th century, many of them world-famous masterpieces.
A great beach getaway, if you want to combine city and beach vacation when you visit Venice. Even just one-day visit is quiet nice. I love Hotel Excelsior for drinks or dinner with sea views and a nice atmosphere.
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