How to Make the Most of Venice in One Day

How to Make the Most of Venice in One Day

Venice is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the World. Famed for its gothic and renaissance architecture and its beautiful waterways, Venice is unlike any other city. This guide will help you make the most of Venice in one day!

Venice is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the World. Famed for its gothic and renaissance architecture and its beautiful waterways, Venice is unlike any other city. There is more than enough to see and do over a one- or two-week holiday, but sometimes we don’t have enough time to see everything. Venice not a huge city, so it’s possible to see all of the best bits in just one day — but you have to know where to go! This guide will help you make the most of Venice in a day!

Prioritise Your Passions

When trying to see any city in just a day, you’re going to have to decide what to see and what to leave out. Make a list of everything you want to see in Venice and rank them; doing this will help you figure out which activities and attractions you can’t bear to miss!

The Doge’s Palace

The Doge’s Palace

Whatever makes your to-see list, the Doge’s Palace should definitely be on it. It’s impossible to conceive of a Venice trip without visiting this stunning building. The Doge’s Palace was where the Doge of Venice lived when Venice was a republic. The original building was established as far back as 1340, but it has had numerous reconstructions over the years. What makes the Doge’s Palace so special is that it’s architecture and décor is an exquisite mixture of European, Byzantine, and Oriental influences. There is so much history behind the Doge’s Palace, so you may like to take our Doge’s Palace walking tour.

St. Mark’s Square

St. Mark’s Basilica

Known in Italian as Piazza San Marco, St. Mark’s Square is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in the city, and you’ll see why when you get there. The square is lined with beautiful buildings, including the incredibly impressive Saint Mark’s Basilica (pictured above), the clock tower known as Torre Dell’Orologio, and the Procuratie Vecchie, which are the old homes of the officers who were in charge of Venice when it was a republic. Napoleon famously rebuilt the west portion of St. Mark’s Square and it is believed that he referred to the whole square as ‘the drawing room of Europe’.

If St. Mark’s Basilica is of particular interest, you may like to take our St Mark’s Basilica Evening Tour. Venice Events is the only tour provider to offer guests a chance to see this incredible cathedral in the evening, when most of the public have left. This tour is perfect if you’re trying to see the city in a day as most other tours and attractions will be closed at this time, so there’s no overlap!

Take a Gondola Ride

Gondola ride past Rialto Bridge

For many visitors, it’s hard to imagine a proper trip to Venice without taking a trip on a gondola. The good news is that there are so many gondola rides available to tourists — the only issue is that there is so much choice you might struggle to figure out what kind of gondola ride you want. With a classic gondola ride, you’ll spend around 30 minutes on a gondola and you will probably be sat with other passengers. If you’d prefer a more intimate experience, you could opt for a private gondola ride with prosecco (perfect for honeymoons). And if you’re looking for a truly incredible experience, then you can opt for our Spectacular Gondola Ride: it lasts around an hour and it covers much of the city’s waterways, and our fully-trained guide will show you parts of the city and tell you things you’ll never find in a guide book!

We hope this article has helped a few readers plan their Venice-in-a-day trip! We actually offer a Venice in a Day combination tour for anyone keen to see as much of the city as possible in a short amount of time. Please get in touch if you have any questions about Venice or our range of Venice tours. Let us help you plan your next trip to Venice!