What are the top things to do in Venice?
Venice is one of the most celebrated tourist destinations in the world and people visit Venice with lots of expectations. Well, good news is that it lives up to all the hype.
As soon as you start strolling through the streets, you will find something every couple of minutes that is worth a stop.
Yes, it is very crowded but beyond San Marco Plaza if you want, you can find a calm place even in the peak season.
While Venice is full of historical museums and beautiful churches, here we have listed our top 8 experiences that shouldn’t be missed on your trip to Venice.
1. Watch a glass blowing demonstration on Murano Island
Murano Island is the closest place if you want to escape the tourist herds of the main island. If you are interested in watching glass blowing demonstration or making a glass sculpture, it’s a perfect place to spend half a day. Even if this activity is of no interest to you, you can take a stroll around, order a pizza in a local café and relax by the creek.
2. Wander in Burano Island
Burano is a colorful island not far from the main island. The colors are so bright and cheerful that you wouldn’t resist smiling. This was my favorite place in Venice.
It is also less crowded as compared to the core Venetian Island
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3. Take a gondola ride
Yeh I know, I know it’s a cliché but clichés exist for a reason yeah?
Gliding through serene waters, against the incredible backdrop of marvelous buildings is an experience you won’t forget for a long time.
4. Visit St. Mark’s Basilica
St. Mark’s Basilica is one of the most visited touristic attractions in Venice and a must see for any traveler visiting Italy. It’s a church with a lot of interesting stories and legends behind it. There are so many beautiful and interesting churches in Italy, still somehow St. Mark’s Basilica has become one of my favorite places. And the best part, it is free of cost.
5. Explore St. Mark’s Square
Yes it is touristy and yes it is crowded. 99 % of the tourists visiting Italy will be heading towards the St. Mark’s square. Some places are just more fun with the crowd around and St Mark’s square happens to be one of those.
6. Take a Water Taxi
Although exploring Venice on foot has its own charm, you cannot come to the city of canals and not take a water taxi. After all, that’s the main commuting medium amongst locals as well tourists.
7. Rialto Bridge
Famous Rialto Bridge is again a very famous spot and is full of tourists but you must add it to your Venice bucket list
8. Get Lost in Venice
Finally, just spend some time chasing nothing. Wander aimlessly through its streets and alleys.
It’s not impossible to find a calm yet charming corner without any tourist’s herds. Ignore everything (including this post) and stroll around without a map and any bucket list. And I promise, you will appreciate the city of canal magic’s more than anything.
These were our top experiences in Venice. What is your favorite part in Venice?