42 Things I Love About Venice

Piazza San Marco Venice

1. Taking a water bus around town

2. Visit some of the very unique neighborhoods

3. If you’re a shopper, there are some amazing boutiques around Venice.

4. Often overlooked, visit Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari to see their artworks on display

5. Spend a day doing a tour of the three nearby islands

6. Marveling at the beautiful Saint Mark’s Basilica

7. Stand in the middle of one of the most powerful city-states in world history

Gondola Venice

8. Take an afternoon gelato break, just make sure it’s the real deal

9. Standing on the Piazza San Marco and thinking, “Wow, I’m really here!”

10. More than a gondola ride, hire a personal tour boat for the afternoon.

11. Go to the opera, it’s more fun than you think!

12. Photograph and then walk across the Bridge of Sighs

13. Visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection to see some great 20th century art

14. Buy a Carnevale mask because, well, you’re in Venice!

15. Give in to your inner corny tourist and enjoy Venice for what it is.

venice canal

16. Walk across the Rialto bridge, then see it again from the water

17. Drink more wine. (it’s Italy)

18. Go on a ghost tour at night; Venice has an incredibly gruesome history

19. Enjoy great food on a self-guided tour of the city’s markets

20. Stand in front of the Giant’s Staircase and wonder how many important and powerful people preceded you

21. Go deeper and get an in depth tour of the amazing Saint Mark’s Basilica

giant staircase venice

22. Spend some time people watching with a coffee in hand

23. I’m a huge Vivaldi fan, so make sure to take in a concert while in town

24. Going on a corny gondola ride

25. If it’s summer, head to Lido Beach to catch some rays

26. Finish an afternoon by sipping some wine in a café with a view

27. Learn more about the history of Venice at the Correr Civic Museum

28. Go to the top of the Campanile for amazing views of the city and lagoon

Venice

29. Make sure you catch a sunset over the water at least once

30. If you love art, there are some fantastic collections around town

31. Getting lost, because frankly it’s unavoidable

32. If you’re there for several days check out nearby towns like Verona.

33.Walk back to the train station from St. Mark’s. It’s a long but beautiful route.

34. Stop by a local restaurant for classic Venetian food

35. Hop on a vaporetto for a tour of the Grand Canal

venice canal

36. Art lovers will love a visit to the Academy Gallery (Gallerie dell’Accademia)

37. A tour of the secret rooms inside the Doge’s Palace

38. See how many of the beautiful bridges in town you can cross in one day

39. Visit nearby Murano for traditional Venetian glass

40. Complete the Venice trifecta by snapping pics of the Torre dell’Orologio, (clock tower)

41. Tour the old Jewish Ghetto, an area that gave name to the term

42. Spend a night on the town, either at a jazz club or a low key wine bar

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6 Responses

  1. Cyra @ Gastronomic Nomad

    Great post! I LOVE Venice. So many people who visit the city don’t enjoy it, because they don’t dig a little bit deeper and find its hidden charm, outside the busy tourist spots.

    It’s definitely one of my favourite Italian cities.

    And the food is so good too! I love the evenings in Venice, eating cicchetti at hidden little bars on the back streets (well, canals).

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  2. Jen

    Oh Venice. What a lovely city. Great list and despite having visited Venice, there are still so many wonderful things to see and do.
    If I may make one contribution to this list:
    43. Be caught off guard by the rising water and spending the afternoon walking around with soggy shoes and trousers.
    Yes this happened to me!

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    • Mike

      Ha! Not sure that’s something to look forward to though.

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  3. Lesley Peterson

    Gorgeous photos of one of my favorite cities, Matt. And agree 100% that #1 is #1. I really like the fringe areas of Venice. Floating around on the lagoon, visiting the more remote islands. Not that the Lido is fringe, but riding a water taxi out there at night is a memorable experience, a new perspective on the water. And lots of people ride out there at night just for an evening stroll, gelato. Love this post!

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  4. Bill Phillips

    Venice is one of my favorite places in the world, I loved feeding the birds in piazza san marco.

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    • Mike

      absolutely, very special city

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