What to do in Venice

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If you have always wanted to spend a sojourn in one of the most entrancing spots in Italy, you should contact our offices here at Expedia to talk about the best ways to discover the City of Canals. Whether you are seeking a romantic vacation destination or looking for an ideal city to take the family on a cultural holiday, we can help you find the attractions in Venice to make your trip memorable.

Of course, if you are going to be visiting the city with a romantic partner, you will be almost obligated to include one of the world-renowned gondola rides among your Venice excursions. You can even get married in the middle of one of Venice's canals. However, the boats aren't all for show and glamor. The City of Water is actually formed on an archipelago containing 117 islands, and water transport is a normal way of getting around for many local residents of Venice.

There are so many things to do in Venice that you could spend years in the city and still not experience everything it has to offer. Like all cities in Italy, Venice is steeped in culture, tradition, and art. Naturally, St. Mark's Basilica is at the top of the list of the must see places in the Floating City, and the nearby Piazza San Marco is something you should see before you leave Venice. We can also provide you with information concerning other Venice activities that will suit your personal tastes and preferences as well as provide you with a map of the city so you can create your own personalized Venice tours.

The health-conscious tourist will be delighted to discover that Venetian cuisine is largely based on fresh, healthy seafood. Shopping is also one of the main attractions in Venice, and several high fashion designers have their main offices here. Guests of this city have an abundance of choices of activities, and everyone who visits this city will leave with vibrant memories they will cherish for the rest of their lives.

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What to do in Venice

Free Things to Do in Venice

There's no need to max out your credit card in Venice. The following won't cost a red cent.

Mostra Manet - Chock-full of exhibits and objects, this place is heaven for curious minds.

Cometa di Vetro - Feed your passion for arts and culture here and see local talent at work.

San Giuliano Park - Make this place among your first stops if you're chasing fun during your stay.

Academy Bridge - Admire the creativity and design of this fantastic example of modern architecture.

Procuratie Nuove - If you're intrigued by times gone by, this is one stop you can't miss.

St. Mark's Square - Spend some time in this popular place and imagine what life would be like as a local resident.

Lagune von Venedig - Close your eyes and draw a deep breath — nothing beats being beside the water for some rest and relaxation.

National Library of St Mark's - Open up your guidebook and find out why this place is worth adding to your to-do list.

Chiesa di San Moisè - Spend some time in meditation or prayer at this holy site.

Papadopoli Gardens - Arrange a picnic date and enjoy a relaxing walk around the interesting plants.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Venice on a sunny day?
What to do in Venice on a rainy day?
What is Venice famous for?
Limber up for loads of sightseeing, because these top attractions are yours to explore:

  • Rialto Bridge
  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Squero di San Trovaso

What should I not miss in Venice?
Don’t head home without checking off the following wonderful sights:

  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Doge’s Palace
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • St Mark’s Campanile

Are there cheap things to do in Venice?
If you’re traveling on a strict budget, consider adding the following bargain tours and activities to your to-do list:

What can you do in Venice for free?
Your break in Venice needn’t blow the budget with free things like these to keep you entertained:

  • Rialto Bridge
  • Squero di San Trovaso
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Bridge of Sighs

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