Venice is a city that is as beautiful as it is unique. Bursting with history and rich in culture, a trip to The Floating City is one that you won’t forget in a hurry. To get you started on your next Italian adventure, make sure you familiarise yourself with our itinerary, taking a look at the top 8 things to do when you visit Venice.
1. Take A Trip Down The Grand Canal
Venice is split up by a massive 177 canals and down each one, you’ll stumble upon some of Italy’s most breath-taking sights. The Grand Canal is the largest and taking a trip down there is perhaps the best and only way to introduce yourself to this amazing city. Stretching two miles from Venice Train Station all the way to San Marco, The Grand Canal is bursting with character and authentic Venetian architecture. The easiest way to see it all is to catch a Vaporetto. As there are no motors or even bikes allowed in Venice, Vaporetto is one of the most popular forms of transport – it’s quick and easy and will take you anywhere you need to go.
2. Check Out The Art Scene At The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
A visit to Venice wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the many art galleries or museums around the city. On your way down The Grand Canal, stop off at Accademia and visit The Peggy Guggenheim Collection. As one of Venice’s most popular art galleries, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is dedicated to showcasing the progression of 20th Century Art. Sitting in a beautiful 18th Century Palace, the gallery was home to American heiress and socialite Peggy Guggenheim. Displaying collections of cubism, surrealism and abstract expressionism, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is an absolute must-see for all you art lovers.
3. Climb Up The Campanile And Explore Piazza San Marco
Jump back on a Vaporetto and make your way to Piazza San Marco (stop S. Marco). Upon arrival at Piazza San Marco, you will quickly see that the square is one of the most beautiful in Venice. Being one of the biggest open areas in the city, San Marco is home to a range of charming shops, cafes and restaurants. Around the square you will find some stunning architecture, including the Campanile which is the basilica’s bell tower. For just €8, you can climb up the Campanile, giving you unspoilt views for as far as the eye can see. It’s also the perfect spot to take some unique holiday snaps of the waterborne city.
4. Gondola Through The “Bridge of Sighs”
Once you’ve spent some time around the Piazza San Marco, it’s time to experience Venice the real way. Catch a gondola and head towards to the “Bridge of Sighs” that goes over the Rio di Palazzo canal, connecting the New Prison and Doge’s Palace. Dating back to the 1600 and made out of limestone, according to the people of Venice, it is said to grant eternal love to those who kiss under it during sunset… they don’t call Venice romantic for nothing.
5. Walk To Libreria Acqua Alta
After your gondola ride, make your way to one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The Libreria Acqua Alta is located in the Castello area of Venice and certainly is something special. In English, the name of the library translates to “Book Store of High Water” and due to the high flooding risks in Venice, the idea of books and water doesn’t always seem that clever. That’s exactly why all of the books in Libreria Acqua Alta are kept in baths, gondolas and waterproof bins. A visit here is truly unforgettable – the stories that the books tell are one thing but seeing the way the books are kept is something else.
6. Stop For An Authentic Gelato At SuSo Gelatoteca
Once you’ve lost yourself in the sea of books, it’s probably about time to cool yourself down with some Italian gelato. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then SuSo Gelatoteco is your place to go. Make sure you take in the beautiful sights on your way… the authentic Venetian townhouses really are something. When you arrive at SuSo, it’s gelato heaven. With everything made in house, you will be spoilt for choice with the endless list of delicious flavours. In fact, SuSo is currently the number 1 place to eat dessert in Venice on TripAdvisor. Need we say more?
7. It’s Aperitivo Time – Dine At Estro Vino E Cucina
After you’ve enjoyed a stroll around the city with your gelato, make your way to Estro Vino E Cucina, it’s Aperitivo time. Aperitivo time in Italy is a ritual that has been performed for many years – it’s the time to sit back, relax and enjoy some good old food and drink. Choose a classic pre-dinner drink like a Spritz or a Negroni and after, indulge in some authentic Aperitivo snacks… if you want to do it properly, get some olives, chips and peanuts, or treat yourself to some cheese!
8. Enjoy A Beverage At Al Prosecco
It would only be right to finish your time off in Venice with one final drink at Al Prosecco. Small but beautiful, Al Prosecco is a local favourite. Offering a range of locally sourced wines, it’s the perfect setting to wind down outside on the square and just watch the world go by.
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