Venice is one of the places that I have always wanted to go to. In 2011, I was supposed to go, but the Grímsvötn volcano erupted in Iceland and changed the timing of my trip. So, instead of going to Venice, I got to go to Sicily. Don’t get me wrong, Sicily is great, but there are so many things to do in Venice Italy, that I still was dying to go. Finally, in 2015, I booked another trip to Italy and Venice was on the top of my list.
What To Do in Venice Italy
A vacation in Venice is surreal. As you can imagine a city surrounded by water is not something that you see every day. Now, I must say, that this water is not exactly pristine. It is kind of a greenish water, but for some reason is still beautiful.
Venice Gondola Rides
Venice is known for its gondola rides and their gondoliers. The beautiful gondolas take you through the heart of the city in a slow and methodical fashion that allows you to take in the city. They are expensive (about 100 euros per ride). I suggest that if you really want to take a ride that you pick the right gondolier. The gondolier makes or breaks the ride in my book. If they are fun, knowledgeable, and entertaining, you will have a great time. If not, you can save yourself some money and walk the city.
Piazza San Marco
The Piazza San Marco is right smack dab in the middle of Venice. It is a beautiful square that showcases the stunning architecture of St Mark’s Basilica and the clock tower (Torre dell’Orologio).
It also has numerous restaurants and is close to the larger waterway where you can go on bus taxis and travel to nearby islands. I visited Murano for a day and had the chance to see real Murano glass makers make vases and other glass pieces.
The Rialto Market is something that needs to be visited. Sure, there a lot of trinkets there (hey, they can be good if you need to bring back souvenirs), but there are also plenty of amazing food vendors. There is super fresh fish, fresh fruit, meat, gelato…you name it. Whatever you want, it is there and it is good quality. The Rialto Market is also insanely busy. It is an experience just to walk through it.
If I can say anything about the things to see in Venice, I would say that the best thing you could do is to get lost there. If you have the time, just walk and walk. There are so many nooks and crannies to discover. There are a million shops, plenty of churches, tons of restaurants, and piazzas.
My favorite thing to do was walk throughout this amazing city and stumble upon places of interest. I even found a cute bookshop with a cat that made it her place to get out of the hot sun 🙂
If you let yourself walk throughout Venice, you will find your own things to do in Venice, that no site or blog could possibly know will be your favorite thing about the city. So get out and get walking!