How to make the most of your Venice tours
How to make the most of your Venice tours
When it comes to Venice, here’s some advice on how to make the most of your Venice tours and your time in the city.
If you are planning an Italian vacation, then a visit to the wonderful city of Venice is hopefully on your itinerary. However, it can be a challenge to take in as much of Italy as possible, particularly considering there are 51 UNESCO world heritage sites here alone, the most of any country on the list! So, to maximise your time on your Italian vacation, it is best to plan ahead. So, when it comes to Venice, here’s some advice on how to make the most of your Venice tours and your time in the city.
Firstly, some Venice travel tips
The majority of the best-known sites are within the area from Rialto Bridge to St. Mark’s Square. This is great for saving on time but it does mean that this area of the city can be quite busy. So, it’s a great idea to also visit this part of the city early in the morning or in the evening. In the evening especially can be quite romantic, as well as quieter.
Remember to step back and focus not just on an itinerary of one sight after another, but to explore the city itself, just by walking, or find yourself a good seat or view point from where you can sit and take in your surroundings.
We’d definitely advise that you wear comfortable shoes. Yes, it’s the city of canals, which means much traveling can be done by boat, but you will need to do a bit of walking too.
Make the most of your Venice tours
- Take a cruise along the Grand Canal first. It is the best way to see a lot of the city and it’s main sights. And it is also a great way to kick off a visit, as it will help you get your bearings.
Our Classic Gondola tour in Venice takes in the Grand Canal.
- Then, head to Saint Mark’s Square or Piazza San Marco. Whilst there, if it is morning, you can take in the Campanile di San Marco, as this opens first. Much like the Grand Canal, you’ll be able to take in some fabulous views of the city from the top of the tower.
- From here, it makes sense to make your way to Basilica di San Marco / Saint Mark’s Basilica. The later you go, then the more people you’ll encounter. So it’s sometimes best to go in the morning or later in the day. The Basilica is lovely to see in the evening when darkness has fallen.
Find out about tours of Saint Mark’s Basilica.
- The Doges Palace is also in this vicinity and one can stop off to admire the palace or indeed tour the interior here.
Check out information on the Doges Palace tour.
- After San Marco, head for the Rialto Bridge and the Rialto market – the finance and trading centre of Venice. The bridge is beautiful and you can peruse the many shops that trade on the bridge as you make your way across.
Find out more about our tours that takes in the Rialto Bridge.
- From here the next section that it makes sense to head to is Accademia where you’ll find the Accademia gallery, full of Renaissance Art treasures and the Peggy Guggenheim gallery which focuses on modern art.
- The next stop is for a well-earned dinner. There are plenty of choices, of course!
- And if you have time, or if you are staying overnight, remember that Venice is just as pretty and beautiful after dark. Head to St. Mark’s square to hear the music and marvel at the sight of the lagoon after dark. A trip down the Grand Canal after dark is also quite romantic – on a gondola of course!
That’s plenty for one day or even a day and a half!
If you are lucky enough to stay in gorgeous Venice Italy for another day during your visit to Venice, then might we also suggest taking in:
- Ca’ d’Oro. It’s a wonderful gallery that’s perhaps quieter than those mentioned above. You’ll find beautiful mosaics, sculptures and ceramics.
- The Castello district and the 16th Century ships pavilion which houses vessels of great historic importance is an apt place to check out when visiting Venice, the city of canals.
Find out more about the Ships Pavillion and the Castello district tour.
- If there is time, it’s a great idea to head out into the lagoon and explore Murano and Burano islands famous for their colourful glass, colourful houses and handmade lace.
Check out the Three Islands of the Lagoon tour.
Venice has so much to offer and is rich in culture and history. To make the most of your time in Venice, it can really help to employ the services of a licensed tour guide. So, if you are planning on visiting Venice Italy during your Italian vacations, Venice Events are experts in helping you make the most of everything Venice has to offer with our walks and tours. Whether by foot, by boat or by bike – we have Venice covered with our tours in Italy. We also offer family friendly options and even rainy day options.
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