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Venice is one of the most charming cities in the world. This 3-day itinerary is sure to make you fall in love with the city and only wish you could stay longer!

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Like a Local

14 Places

6 City Tips

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14 Places

Day 1

Palazzo Ducale

History museums

Caffe Florian

Restaurants

St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)

Landmarks & points of interest

Ca' Rezzonico

Castles, Historic sites, Museums, History museums, Landmarks & points of interest

Campo del Ghetto

Religious sites, Neighbourhoods

Paradiso Perduto

Restaurants

Day 2

Gallerie dell'Accademia

Art museums

Ca' d'Oro

Architectural buildings, Castles, Art museums

Ca D'Oro alla Vedova

Restaurants

Arsenale

Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest

Day 3

Venetian Lagoon

Other outdoor activities

Duomo di Murano Santi Maria e Donato

Churches & cathedrals

Gondola Ride

Sightseeing Tours

Locanda Cipriani

Restaurants

Elisa Z's City Tips

  • The best time to visit Venice is spring or autumn, when you will encounter the most pleasant weather. (Summers are extremely hot, while winters are wet and cold.)
  • Wear comfortable shoes because there is a lot of walking to enjoy in Venice!
  • When you plan to visit the lagoon, buy a 12 or 24-hour travel card.
  • Be aware that many eateries charge an extra fee if you consume your drink or food seated. Locals normally consume their espresso at the counter.
  • Don’t forget to order a spritz (wine with seltzer) together with some cicchetti (Venetian tapas/finger food).
  • Like any big city, keep an eye on your valuables when you are in crowded places.
    Day 1
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    Palazzo Ducale
    History museums
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    Elisa Z Says:

    This palace is already quite impressive from the outside, and its interior will astonish you even more. Prepare to be overwhelmed by its grandeur as well as its sumptuous decorations, including marble sculptures, reliefs and oil paintings — some of which are among the largest in the world!

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don’t miss the Bridge of Sighs, which connects the courtroom with the prison. Enjoy the wonderful view and of course, get your camera ready.
    • Book the "Secret Itineraries Tour" for access to rooms not normally open to the public. Among them are the Stanza della Tortura (Torture Chamber) and Piombi (Old Prison).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 344 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must Visit! 30/03/2015
    • Beautiful and wonderful 30/03/2015
    • Palazzo Ducale
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco
    also known as Doge's Palace
    Venice 31024
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 2715911
    Other:
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    Caffe Florian
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Elisa Z Says:

    Centrally located in Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square), the oldest cafe in Venice first opened its doors in 1720. Venture inside to see the marvelous 18th century antique furnishings and enjoy its magical atmosphere. Popular for good reason — you'll be swept back to times gone by in an instant!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Have a coffee at the counter (rather than seated) for a lower price.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #162 of 1,101 restaurants in Venice
    • Lovely surrondings and delicious food 29/03/2015
    • A must! 26/03/2015
    • Caffe Florian
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco 56-59
    Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    39 041 5205641
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 15:00
    Other:
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    St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
    Landmarks & points of interest
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    Elisa Z Says:

    Surrounded by historic buildings — including the spectacular San Mark’s Basilica — this square is definitely a must-see in Venice. Indulge yourself by wandering around its perimeter for a while, and be sure to pass by again later at night, when the illuminated buildings create an entirely different atmosphere, and when you might even catch a live music performance or two!

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • All the cafes and shops around the square are overpriced.
    • Remember that feeding the pigeons is not permitted.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 344 things to do in Venice
    • If your Venice is not about the Water, it has to be about St.Marco square :) 30/03/2015
    • Just as I imagined it to be 30/03/2015
    • St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
    Address:
    Piazza San Marco
    Venice 31024
    Italy
    Other:
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    Ca' Rezzonico
    Castles, Historic sites, Museums, History museums, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Elisa Z Says:

    This wonderful palace offers an intimate glimpse into the lifestyle and art of the 18th century, complete with period furniture, superb decor, frescos and rare paintings. It's home to numerous great works of art by Venetian masters, including Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Canaletto.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can reach Ca' Rezzonico on foot by crossing Campo S. Barnaba — where a scene of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" was shot.
    • Take a break at Grom Gelato, a delicious ice cream shop located in Campo S. Barnaba.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 344 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A peak at the grandeur of old Venice! 20/03/2015
    • Good but.... 18/03/2015
    • Ca' Rezzonico
    Address:
    Dorsoduro 3136
    Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 2410100
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 - 9:00
    Other:
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    Campo del Ghetto
    Religious sites, Neighbourhoods
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    Elisa Z Says:

    In the Jewish Ghetto and the surrounding Fondamenta delle Misericordia and Fondamenta dei Contarini areas, you can taste the authentic everyday life of local Venetians. These areas are very popular during summer nights especially, when residents gather along the canal to enjoy a drink at one of the many bars. At Fondamenta dei Contarini, there are also two exquisite pieces of architecture to admire: Palazzo Mastelli overlooking the canal, and Campo dei Mori.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Don’t miss the excellent coffee served at Torrefazione Marchi in Rio Terra’ San Leonardo.
    • In Campo dei Mori, look for the three Moors statues reflecting the importance of trade in Venice over the centuries (although they were renowned for doing shady business)!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 344 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Venice's Ghetto 07/03/2015
    • Nothing special but wonderful 01/03/2015
    • Campo del Ghetto
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    Paradiso Perduto
    Restaurants
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    Elisa Z Says:

    Finish a day of sightseeing by visiting one of the most popular taverns among local Venetians! Located in Fondamenta della Misericordia, this rustic restaurant offers the best seafood in town, and serves it up in a simple setting with a lively atmosphere. Prices are extremely reasonable too, when compared to the average dinner bill in Venice!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Like a Local
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Start with some nibbles, and don’t miss the pasta dishes with seafood.
    • Make a reservation in advance because it gets very crowded.
    • Live music most evenings.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #407 of 1,101 restaurants in Venice
    • The most enjoyable restaurant for years 24/03/2015
    • Great food but!!!! 23/03/2015
    • Paradiso Perduto
    Address:
    Fondamenta della Misericordia
    Cannaregio 2540
    Venice 30121
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 720581 ‎
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Gallerie dell'Accademia
    Art museums
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    Elisa Z Says:

    After years of restoration, the Galleria dell'Accademia's stunning facade is finally visible again. The Accademia hosts the most important collection of Venetian art from the 13th through to the 18th century, including the magnificent Storie di Sant'Orsola (The Legend of Saint Ursula) by Carpaccio, and the famous Cena a Casa di Levi (Dinner in Levi's House) by Veronese.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try cicchetti (Venetian tapas/finger food) at the Bacaro Al Bottegon located in the nearby Campo Santa Margherita.
    • Spring for the audio guide, as there are no information panels in the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 344 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see in your top spots to visit. 27/03/2015
    • Beautiful Carlo Scarpa architecture 25/03/2015
    • Gallerie dell'Accademia
    Address:
    Campo della Carita
    Dorsoduro n 1050
    Venice 30130
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 520 0345
    Hours:
    Mon
    8:15 - 5:00
    Tue - Sun
    8:15 - 10:15
    Other:
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    Ca' d'Oro
    Architectural buildings, Castles, Art museums
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    Elisa Z Says:

    This wonderful place offers an oasis of tranquillity, quieter and less crowded than the more popular galleries. It is well worth visiting simply for the superb floor and wall mosaics in the Loggia area, overlooking the Grand Canal, but it also hosts impressive sculptures, ceramics and remarkable paintingss in the Italian tradition by Tintoretto, Titian, and Guardi.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Every weekend, the museum offers free themed tours. Check the website for timings.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 344 things to do in Venice
    • Building is nice, collection wasn't worth time 25/03/2015
    • Stunning original Gothic Architecture - must see 23/03/2015
    • Ca' d'Oro
    Address:
    Cannaregio 3931-3932
    Venice 30121
    Italy
    Phone:
    041-523-8790
    Hours:
    Mon
    8:15 - 5:00
    Tue - Sun
    8:15 - 10:15
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    Ca D'Oro alla Vedova
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Elisa Z Says:

    Although this restaurant is located in a crowded and touristic area, just in front of Ca’ d’Oro Palace, it still offers a variety of very affordable and tasty options. Expect typical Venetian dishes, fresh seafood and local wine, served in a warm and cozy atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • They serve some of the best polpette (fried meatballs) in Venice!
    • It is strongly recommended that you book a table in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #447 of 1,101 restaurants in Venice
    • Avoid this restaurant if you want to enjoy your meal and the ambience at leisure. 25/03/2015
    • Best meatballs! 18/03/2015
    • Ca D'Oro alla Vedova
    Address:
    Cannaregio 3912
    Venice 30121
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 041 528 5324
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    11:30 - 5:30
    Fri - Wed
    18:30 - 13:30
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 4:30
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    Arsenale
    Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Elisa Z Says:

    In the Castello district, you will probably meet more Venetians than tourists — especially when exploring more towards S. Elena Island and Via Garibaldi. This is a great area for wandering, plus if you're lucky enough to be visiting over the third Saturday in July, you can join the locals in celebrating the Festa del Redentore (commemorating the construction of the Redentore Church). During the celebration, Venetians build a bridge of boats from the church to the Zattere, and spend the entire day eating and drinking along the canal, waiting for midnight fireworks to commence!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you are passionate about ships, check out the Naval History Museum with its ship models and paintings describing the history of Venetian shipbuilding.
    • Have a picnic in the gardens on nearby S. Elena Island.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 344 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit if you have the time 22/02/2015
    • not worth the walk 20/02/2015
    • Arsenale
    Address:
    Riva S. Biasio Castello, 2148
    Venice 30122
    Italy
    Phone:
    41 2441 399
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Venetian Lagoon
    Other outdoor activities
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    Elisa Z Says:

    Venice's lagoon is an incredible spot and easily reachable by public transport. Best as a full-day trip, you can while away the hours pleasantly exploring each of its main islands: Murano, world-renowned for its beautiful glassware production; Burano, famous for its colorful houses and handmade lace; and Torcello, with its wonderful Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In Burano, try the typical "bussolai" biscuits, dipped into a glass of Moscato wine.
    • Visit the Murano Glass Museum or one of the other local glass factories, where you can see glassmakers at work.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 57 Outdoor Activities in Province of Venice
    • Best route to explore Venice 19/08/2014
    • How about bicycling? 02/09/2013
    • Venetian Lagoon
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    Duomo di Murano Santi Maria e Donato
    Churches & cathedrals
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    Elisa Z Says:

    Located just beyond the Murano Glass Museum, this church is a hidden gem, well off the typical tourist trail. You'll be surprised by its peaceful atmosphere as well as its marvelous 12th century Byzantine mosaic pavement. Plus, in the side chapel over the altar, you'll find four ribs more than one meter long, hanging by wires — according to local legend, they belonged to a dragon slain by St. Donatus!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you go in the morning, you will have the whole church to yourself!
    • Don’t miss the baptismal font, a beautiful expression of contemporary Murano glass.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Murano
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best thing in Murano 16/03/2015
    • One of the oldest churches in the Venetian lagoon 26/02/2015
    • Duomo di Murano Santi Maria e Donato
    Address:
    Campo San Donato 11
    Murano
    Italy
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    Gondola Ride
    Sightseeing Tours
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    Elisa Z Says:

    You simply can’t leave Venice without a gondola ride! It may not be cheap, but it's a truly unique experience, and one that you're unlikely to regret. Climb aboard and see the city from a different perspective as you discover places not visible from the mainland. And if you're lucky, your gondolier will sing, play or share stories about the history of the city.

    Good for
    • LGBT
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Prices are normally based on time and not on the number of people. The more you are the cheaper your ride will be!
    • Try to negotiate your fee before boarding. It could be your lucky day.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 92 Sightseeing Tours in Venice
    • Gondola ride a must! 28/03/2015
    • How could you not? Especially after 5 pm. 27/03/2015
    • Gondola Ride
    Address:
    San Marco 3613
    Venice
    Italy
    Phone:
    041 5285075
    Other:
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    Locanda Cipriani
    Restaurants
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    Elisa Z Says:

    If you feel like treating yourself, make like Ernest Hemingway and dine at this wonderful restaurant on Torcello Island. Located in a beautiful environment immersed in nature, this elegant restaurant offers excellent food, attentive service and a lovely atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
    • The beautiful, well-kept garden is open only from spring to autumn.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 1,101 restaurants in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Elegant Dining on a Peaceful Island! 22/03/2015
    • Perfection 21/01/2015
    • Locanda Cipriani
    Address:
    Torcello, 29
    Venice 30142
    Italy
    Phone:
    041-730150
    Other:
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