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Venice Attractions

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.

Things to Do in Venice with Kids

There's fun for the entire family wherever you roam in Venice. Here are some family friendly experiences you can try together that are certain to make your trip memorable:

Free Things to Do in Venice

Leave your purse in the hotel. It's easy to amuse yourself in Venice without surrendering a cent.

Mostra Manet - Young or not so young, this gallery will excite your imagination and hold your attention.

Cometa di Vetro - Spend a bit of time here and gain a better understanding of the artistic and cultural side of the region.

San Giuliano Park - Make time for play and add a dash of extra fun to your stay here.

Academy Bridge - If you like modern design and architecture, add this attraction to your sightseeing list.

Procuratie Nuove - If you're thinking of exploring the history of the area through its landmarks, mark this one down on your to-do list.

St. Mark's Square - This thriving spot is a popular rendezvous point for both locals and tourists.

Lagune von Venedig - Get out of the fast lane and enjoy a bit of time relaxing near the water.

National Library of St Mark's - Chat to a few locals and learn why many sightseers stop to visit this place.

Chiesa di San Moisè - Toss some spirituality into your getaway by dropping by this holy site.

Papadopoli Gardens - Grab your rug, pack some food and find a shady spot to appreciate Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Venice

San Marco

One of Venice’s most iconic sights is known all over the world for its historic square, cathedral and surrounding shops and cafés.

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Cannaregio

Known for its Jewish heritage, medieval churches and palaces, one of Venice's largest districts has plenty to discover.

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Castello

Castello is beloved for its popular shops. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Giardini della Biennale and Venetian Arsenal.

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Santa Croce

Santa Croce is known for its charming cafés, and you can make a stop by Piazzale Roma and Grand Canal while in the area.

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San Polo

The smallest of Venice’s six districts, this is also one of the oldest. It offers many tourist sites in its palaces, its churches and the Rialto Bridge.

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Dorsoduro

One of six districts in Venice, this beautiful area has many sights located along the edge of Venice and on the island of Giudecca.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Venice on a sunny day?

When the weather is good, these outdoor activities are difficult to resist:

What to do in Venice on a rainy day?

If it's raining during your visit, hang up your umbrella and have a go at a couple of these fun indoor activities:

What is Venice famous for?

Decisions, decisions — there are lots to make in Venice, like which of these big-name sights to check out first:

  • Rialto Bridge
  • St. Marks Basilica
  • Squero di San Trovaso

What should I not miss in Venice?

Put these attractions at the top of your must-do list to make the most of your trip:

  • St. Marks Square
  • Doges Palace
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • St Marks Campanile

Are there cheap things to do in Venice?

Keep more of your hard-earned money in your wallet with these fun and frugal activities:

What can you do in Venice for free?

You could store your money in the hotel safe for the day, because these great attractions will cost you nothing:

  • Rialto Bridge
  • Squero di San Trovaso
  • St. Marks Square
  • Bridge of Sighs