The best things to do in Venice, Italy

In my opinion, I think 2 days in Venice is absolutely perfect, but if you would like to go to nearby islands like Murana or Burano, then add one more day. Here is the scoop!


Things to do in Venice, Italy: 


Day 1:

Drink wine 

We spent the entireeee day eating and bar hopping along Fondamenta della Misericordia in Cannaregio, and it was fantastic!  We walked along the canal, sat on the steps outside each bar, and watched people and boats go by.

Drinking Wine in Venice

Day  2: 

The second day is when we went to the historical sights.  Here are the tops ones:


Grand Canal– Gorgeous 2 miles of waterway around Venice. You can experience this by:

  • A gondola ride, I mean it is Venice’s signature attraction… but do expect to pay around 80- ish euros for the 30 minute ride.
  • Alternatively, you can take a two hour boat tour if you don’t want to drop that kind of cash.
  • Take a public Water-Bus. Yes! Like taking public transportation, but on a boat! (Vaporetto lines No. 1 and 2 go down the Grand Canal)


Rialto Bridge– The Rialto Bridge extends across the Grand Canal of Venice, connecting the two sides of this island. Its a great spot for photo ops, since at the top you can get amazing views of the Grand Canal.

Cost: Free


Saint Mark’s Basilica— Its so incredibly amazing with all the detail- traditional Byzantine architecture. By far one of the most beautiful and opulent churches I have ever seen.

Cost: Free

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Campanile di San Marco- Bell tower is also in the St. Marks square where you can see panoramic views of Venice. It has stairs or an elevator option to get to the top.

Cost: 8 euro (Can pre-buy tickets online for 11 euros to skip long line)

Campanile di San Marco in Venice Italy


Lastly, meander and explore the streets of Venice.  We were constantly getting lost, and finding ourselves on dead end streets. It’s as if we were in a large maze, but was so much fun! Venice has lots of colorful buildings, cafes and restaurants, hidden stores, and overall beautiful architecture.

Colorful Homes in Venice



Home on the grand canal



Venice Grand Canal


Eats & Drinks

  • La Zucca– Make reservations to this place during busy season or you may not be able to get a table. We ordered their signature Pumpkin Flan + lamb… both did not disappoint.

La Zucca

  • Paradiso Perduto: This was recommended to us by a Venetian as a local favorite. I totally get why- it was absolutely delish.

Paradiso Perduto

For drinks, pretty much everywhere had great wine! However, if you would like to try the “bar scene” and day drink with the locals, we did lunch at the Paradiso Perduto, then meandered down that same street and stopped at the different bars. Most of them had glasses of wine for only 2 Euros!  The neighborhood is called Fondamenta della Misericordia in Cannaregio. Another neighborhood that has a younger population with a bar scene is Campo Santa Margarita in Dorsoduro. Both of these are great for day drinking, and staying out to watch live bands.

Rose all day

{Have fun and Meander in Venice!}





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