Best Things To Do in Venice, Italy

Are you looking for what to do in Venice?

You might have a list of things to do in Venice and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. Places like Grand Canal and St Mark's Square will make sure your dream destinations are ticked off. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

With so many world-famous sites and attractions to visit, deciding on the best things to do in Venice can be a daunting task. Visiting selective places and carrying the best memories is the best alternative. Don’t rush to see all of the attractions in Venice on your first trip itself.

Venice is the type of city that you will love to visit again and again. Every time you revisit Venice you can keep unfolding the different sides of it. This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Venice getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Venice with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Venice

Here is the list of things to do in Venice and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Grand Canal

    Outdoors, Waterfront, Architecture

    Nearly four kilometres long, this canal is the lifeline of Venice’s water traffic (of private boats, vaporetti (water buses), and the gondolas), and one of the prettiest sights in this pretty city. It’s supposed to follow the course of an ancient river, and the area near the Rialto Bridge is supposed to be one of the first sites colonised around the river. Speaking of bridges, the ...Read more
  2. St Mark's Square

    Outdoors, Landmark, Walking Area, Square

    St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace all grew up together the ninth century onwards. Once, it was only a little square and chapel! Throw in a canal and a dock, some important government buildings, incredible architecture (the National Library of St. Mark's; the Museum of Archaeology, the Correr Museum, Procuratie Nuovo, Procuratie Vecchie, and others),...Read more
  3. Saint Mark's Basilica

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    Saint Mark's Basilica

    Church, Architecture

    The name ‘Church of Gold’ is well deserved. This magnificent Byzantine building is the most opulent, elaborate and lavishly designed/decorated/gifted building in all of Venice. And until the early 18th century, it used to be the Doge’s private little chapel. The only one who had a better building to pray in in the world was the Pope. You are only allowed 10 minutes inside, so...Read more
  4. Doge's Palace

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    Doge's Palace

    Palace, Architecture

    The Palace, like its accompanying basilica, was built large to showcase Venice’s indomitable power. The city was ruled from this seat for over a hundred years, and despite its obvious wealth, there’s barely any fortification to the palace, as if the Doge was unconcerned of harm. The architecture is distinctly Venetian, and departs from the styles of most medieval palaces. Highlight...Read more
  5. St Mark's Campanile

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    St Mark's Campanile

    Outdoors, View Point, Observatory, Tower

    This Baroque Tower is undisputedly Venice’s most recognisable landmark. That’s why the city won’t let it die. Since the first tower was erected in the 10th century, it’s been repeated struck down by calamity after calamity (usually fires and earthquakes), and each time they just built it back up again, adding a little extra detail here and there each time. In this way w...Read more
  6. Peggy Guggenheim Collection

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    Peggy Guggenheim Collection

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Museum, Exhibition

    The American heiress Peggy Guggenheim made collecting tasteful art and hosting seasonal exhibitions a habit of hers. She lived here, at the 18th century Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, for over 30 years, and her influence has elevated the museum to a premier modern art museum. Picasso, Calder, Ernst, Pollock, Dali, Chagall, Giacometti, Klee, and some Italian Futurists – they’re all here....Read more
  7. Rialto Bridge

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    Rialto Bridge

    Outdoors, Bridge, Architecture

    Soaring over the Grand Canal, and connecting San Polo and San Marco, the Rialto Bridge is Venice’s pride and joy. After several wooden bridges in the medieval ages collapsed, Anthony da Ponte took three years to leave behind this beautiful architectural marvel. Once upon a time, merchants would set up day long shops here… now it’s tourists. The bridge’s high arch (7.5 ...Read more
  8. The Phoenix Theatre

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    The Phoenix Theatre

    Entertainment, Theatre

    Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi – bel canto extraordinaires – made this theatre famous by frequently premiering their works here. The name is vell deserved – the building rose from the ashes after being burned down three different time (the last time by arson and only in 1996). Each time it has resurrected. Today’s building is very 19th century, with Baroque and ...Read more
  9. St Mary Of The Friars

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    St Mary Of The Friars

    Church, Religious Site

    This church, also called the Frari, is practically an honorary basilica. The Franciscans built in Italian Gothic style. It’s big, made of brick, and dedicated to the Assumption. It was completed in the 14th century. Despite it’s reputation, it’s rather plain to look at from the outside, though still imposing. It’s tower is the second highest in the city. Crypts, statues...Read more
  10. Church Of San Giorgio Maggiore

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    Church Of San Giorgio Maggiore

    Church, Religious Site, Heritage Building

    This 16th-century Benedictine basilica sits on the island that shares its name. It’s beautiful: classical renaissance, white marble, with a proud bell tower, right in the middle of a blue lagoon. The first church here was built in the late 8th century. Palladio designed the current building, but died before he could see his completed project in 1610. The monks by and large controlled dec...Read more
  11. Cannaregio

    Historical Site

    Almost no famous European town is complete without it’s own dark history of Jew bullying. Well, this particular district is Venice’s claim to that fame. Until Napoleon Bonaparte conquered the Venetian Republic in 1797, the Jews spent 270 years living under severely oppressive laws, despite which they managed to establish a position of great influence within the city. Now, the elega...Read more
  12. Interpreti Veneziani

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    Interpreti Veneziani

    Stage Show, Concert

    This pretty little 10th century church has been transformed into a concert hall for the chamber music group Interpreti Veneziani. And though the funeral for the composer Baldassarre Galuppi was held in another church, the composer was buried here instead. Important paintings at the church include: Annunciation by Sebastiano Ricci Guardian Angel with St Anthony of Padua and St Gaetano...Read more
  13. Musica A Palazzo

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    Musica A Palazzo

    Entertainment, Performance, Stage Show

    Sometimes even classical musicians can get together and say – “Let’s jam the really fun pieces… y’know, Verdi and Rossini!” Well, this ensemble, performing at the gothic Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto, in the style of the Salotto Musicale, or musical salon, have been stealing hearts around the world since 2005. They’re a simple string-trio + piano team tha...Read more
  14. Scuola Grande Di San Rocco

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    Scuola Grande Di San Rocco

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    So there’s two deals happening here: one is a dedication to the evergreen Tintoretto, and the other is a church. Tintoretto was actually commissioned to paint for the church, and most of the works here are by him, or his assistants, including his son. And they are incredible. The church too has a nice history, and is once of the finest architectural accomplishments in the city (it has it...Read more
  15. Basilica Of St. Mary Of Health

    Church, Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    They decided to build this Baroque church when the prayers against’ the plague were apparently heard and delivered. It took nearly half a century to build, but at the end of it, they had one of the largest churches in the city, and is considered a minor-basilica. Highlights include: Marian symbolism Baroque high altar Tintoretto’s Marriage at Cana A number of great works by Titian,...Read more