Venice is an Italian treasure that must be found. It is a city full of narrow alleyways and centuries-old history.
You will be lost in all the charming little streets and canals. I have experienced this many times in Venice. Venice’s beauty is its ability to find hidden gems, even if you travel off-track. The city has many beautiful spots. To enjoy Venice’s beauty, you can book a cheap flight.
Veneto is home to many gelato shops. It almost seems as if it’s begging to be eaten. You are responsible for trying as many as possible (well, that’s why I indulge in Venice). Avoid tourist areas, as the prices in Venice can vary widely. Learn how to find the best gelato. There are some simple rules that you can use to make the best gelato.
Below are some of my favourite Venice spots you can visit once you have booked low-cost flights to Venice. Some spots are must-sees, while others are less well-known. Whatever your preference, I hope that you find one you like.
These are the top things you can do in Venice. This is the place to be for the most unforgettable trip.
1.) St Mark’s Basilica
If you’re looking for Byzantine architecture in Venice, St Mark’s Basilica is the most iconic church.
This area is rich in history. You will see the famous mosaics that made it so special over time. These mosaics are amazing and date back hundreds to even hundreds of years. Avoid long lines.
2.) Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco is another must-see place in Venice. The large, open space is stunning at any time of day. It is also the biggest in Venice.
You can stroll the Piazza San Marco after visiting St Mark’s Basilica and the National Library. All of these places can be found on the piazza.
It’s the same as visiting Times Square in NYC or the Eiffel Tower of Venice. You can share this experience with others, but prices for food/cafes might be higher.
I recommend taking a break at the main piazza to enjoy the canals if you’re looking for food. Bistrot de Venise makes a great place to enjoy a special meal. This place is worth a visit if you fly to Venice.
3.) Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge crosses the Grand Canal in Venice. It is the oldest bridge. This bridge is a must-see for anyone who visits this beautiful city.
This bridge is nearly 1000 years old! It can be very crowded and can become very crowded. You can take a gondola and glide under the bridge to avoid crowds.
4.) Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari
It is also known as The Frari. It may appear simple from the outside, but it is stunning, and one of the few places in Venice still retains its Venitian Medieval design.
Despite the dimly lit interior making it difficult to see details, you can still find Assumption (by Titian) and the Virgin. Marco Cozzi has curated some amazing Choir stalls.
This is a wonderful place to spend 20 minutes if you don’t care about art or history.
5.) Ca’ Rezzonico
It is a stunning baroque-rococo palace high above Grand Canal. And one of the most beautiful palaces in Venice. All in all it is wonderful place to visit because of its incredible art collection.
You can also take a dip in the hot tub. The Ball Room has the Chariot of Apollo suspended from the ceiling.
6.) Bridge of Sighs
Although the Bridge of Sighs looks romantic in many ways, it has a dark past.
It was constructed to link Doge’s Palace, its prison and questioning areas. Because it was the last glimpse of Venice that convicted criminals had before they were executed or incarcerated, it was called the Bridge of Sighs.
This bridge is accessible to all, even if you are a prisoner. Go to Ponte della Paglia, and you’ll get a great view.
Afterwards, pop over to Bacaro 22 vintido’. They are known for making the best carbonaras and are affordable.
7.) Grand Canal
One could describe the Grand Canal as a Venice-style water highway. It is full of boats, gondolas and many water taxis.
It doesn’t matter if you go to Grand Canal, but it is worth planning. If you have already seen Ca’ Rezzonico or Rialto Bridge, it’s easy for you to find the Grand Canal.
I recommend taking a short tour on a gondola (yes, they can be expensive) or getting a water taxi from the airport to get to Venice.
It runs through the Grand Canal and is a unique way of getting into the city. You have two options: a water taxi (the cheapest) or a private boat, which is more expensive.
Make sure you choose the best option.
8.) Doge’s Palace
Doge’s Palace is the home of the Venetian government. Moreover, it has a long history within the Venetian empire. Also, it was a home to the Venetian government. Then it extended to places like modern-day Croatia and Greece.
Doge’s Palace is now open for you to view some of the great rooms and fine art dating back centuries. Booking your tickets online is something I recommend. You will be able to save time and get around the grounds more quicker.
This is one of Venice’s most famous attractions, so you should not miss it while visiting the city.
9.) Scuola Grande Di San Rocco
Scuola Grande Di San Rocco constructed over 500 years ago. It is breathtaking.
Tintoretto sculptures, paintings, and amazing rooms are perched on just a few floors.
The first floor might seem a bit bland once you enter, but you’ll discover why this place is so special once you climb up to the higher floors. This is a must-see.
10.) San Giorgio Maggiore
San Giorgio Maggiore is one island that makes up Venice’s city. It is much quieter than the area surrounding Piazza San Marco. It is also very beautiful to visit.
You can easily get there using the Vaporetto Water Bus or ACTVLine No. It costs only a few euros.
To enjoy the city’s most stunning views, it would be a good idea to visit Belltower San Giorgio Maggiore Chruch.
You can then stroll to Osteria Al Squero for delicious crostinis and an ice-cold Aperol Spitz. The crostinis are delicious, even though they’re not fancy.
11.) Palazzo Contarini Del Bovolo
It is worth visiting, even though it is a tiny palace in Venice, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo.
Take a look at these stunning views from the top.
This is the ideal place to visit in Venice if you’re looking for a smaller palace or if time is an issue. The site is easy to visit without a guide and takes only 20-30 minutes.
This is an excellent stop for walking between Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge.
12.) Marciana Library
The Marciana Library, one of the most famous libraries in the world, holds some of Italy’s most important texts.
It isn’t the largest library, but it’s well worth visiting after Doge’s Palace.
Trattoria al Gazzettino is an excellent place to enjoy a delicious meal. The Pappardelle all Anatra (duck ragu) is delicious.
13.) San Rocco
San Rocco was established around 500 years ago. It is known for its beautiful architecture and rich history.
It is also located next to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco which houses some incredible art (which I have already mentioned).
Before you visit, check whether the church is currently closed for renovations. It was recently opened and closed at various times.
14.) Santa Maria Del Giglio (St. Mary of the Lily)
Do not let its small size fool your eyes. For those who love Venice’s past, the church of Santa Maria Del Giglio is one of the most important things you can do in Venice.
It’s worth taking a 10-minute stroll to see Venice’s beautiful basilicas and churches. This is my favourite Baroque façade in the city.
On weekends and peak times, this spot can be very crowded. You can avoid them by going earlier in the morning, which is generally quieter.
15.) Santa Maria Dei Miracoli
Santa Maria Dei Miracoli, a wonderful place to go if you’re looking for a way to get away from all the bustle and hustle of Venice, is a good choice.
For a quick bite, stop by Osteria da Alberto. This friendly, casual, affordable Venetian restaurant offers delicious, authentic lunch dishes. All of them are made from scratch. They’re delicious with their squid ink noodles.