Venice, Italy is filled with winding streets, canals, and gondolas, and many of these features have attracted travelers from around the world. In fact, Venice, Italy is considered by many to be the most romantic city on Earth.
Venice is beautiful and fun, and it’s a great place to forget about everyday life and lose yourself.
During your stay, expect to spend a lot. In fact, there are so many places to see that you might want to reserve another week on top of the vacation you originally planned. Here are some of the top destinations in Venice to see during your visit.
Piazza San Marco – Most private tours of Venice include a visit to the Piazza San Marco. This is the most famous piazza in Italy. It’s most notable features include pigeons and flooded grounds. Lots of people visit it each year.
Basilica San Marco – Basilica San Marco, also known as St. Mark’s Basilica is the third building in the Piazza San Marco. The grounds were the home of two churches before St. Marks Basilica was built there. The first held the bones of St. Mark. The second church, and the one currently there, contains statues, mosaics, and domes. The High Altar also holds the remains of the saint.
Doge’s Palace – Another destination on most private tour to Venice is the Doge’s Palace. It is a reminder of the 120 doges that ruled Venice. The three-story palace is believed to be from time before the Renaissance. The palace is built with arches and marble and houses artwork. It’s located in St. Mark’s Square. The prison at the palace is where the famous Casanova was imprisoned. It is located across the Bridge of Sighs. Most guided private tours of Venice include this part and it’s one of the most memorable destinations in Venice.
Take a Gondola Ride – Gondolas are everywhere in Venice. Head over to one and request a ride. It’s recommended to take a gondola at dusk. The boat ride can be expensive, so it’s also recommended to share a boat with someone else. The cost could be as high as 140 EUR during the night.
Explore the Grand Canal – The Grand Canal is the main waterway in Venice. It is a giant reverse S curve. It connects several points in the city including Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge, and the rail station. There are four bridges that cross the canal and dozens of gondola ports. The gondolas are called traghetti. Another water-craft is the vaporetto, which is ideal for sightseeing, especially for seeing the old palaces that line the canal.
Visit Lido – Lido is an island in the sea. It has a popular beach that attracts many Venetians. The hosts offer cabana rentals so it’s easy to relax under the sunny skies and enjoy the calm blue waters.
Murano Island is Another Island Destination – After Lido, visit Murano. This island is close to Venice and contains glass blowers. These are people that blow glass into different shapes. It’s fun to watch and the glass sculptures they produce are worth buying. In fact, the island is filled with expensive souvenirs.
Visit the Markets – Sculptures aren’t the only thing Venice has to offer. The markets are filled with delicious local delicacies and the prices are far less than what the restaurant offer. There’s a fish market that’s crowded on most mornings. Many restaurant owners go there to choose the day’s fish. On Mondays, there’s an organic produce market that’s filled with shoppers.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection – This museum contains artwork from more than 200 artists. Peruse all types of art including surrealist, futurist, and abstract expressionist collections. It costs 15 EUR to attend.
A Challenging Climb to the Top of Campanile di San Marco – There’s a tower in Venice that was built in 1912. It’s a replica of the Bell Tower of St. Mark. It’s open to the public, but you’ll have to pay to climb through the inner workings. It will be a great workout and the view at the top of the tower will be worth it.
Watch the Voga Longa Rowing Event – Every May 23rd, there’s a rowing event encompassing over 1,500 vessels. The massive traffic jam in the waters is a reminder of the nuisance created by power boats in Venice. The goal of the participants in the rowing event is to row 20 miles in 3.5 hours.
I Tre Mercanti – Another food-related destination to visit on a tour of Venice is the food gallery located a few feet away from St. Marco’s Square. You can expect local delicacies from different regions of Italy. Pasta sauces are particularly noteworthy.
Visit Burano – There’s another island worth traveling to while in Venice. Burano has colorful, block-like buildings, which are preserved with government regulations. You won’t find the average street painter decorating houses here. These buildings are treated like art galleries. The shops on the island are worth visiting as well.