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About Venice

Venice is a peaceful and attractive tourist destination that is located on a group of 118 small islands. These islands are linked by beautiful bridges and separated by the many canals running through the city. Venice is also informally known as the “floating city” or the “city of canals” and is highly popular among tourists for its historic buildings, structures and places of ancient significance. The uniqueness of Venice and its lagoons have also brought it up on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. The floating city is largely popular for its various artistic movements, which are depicted in the many pieces of artworks around the city.

The major attractions in the city include churches, museums and squares, including the St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and more such places. These are dedicated to saints and put a mark of architectural significance in the city. These are popular attractions among the locals and tourists who come here to experience the novelty of these destinations. There are a number of activities that make Venice Tourism an exciting one! Included among these are, a ride around the famous Grand canal on a gondola, watching the opera and taking a sky high view of the city at the bell tower.

Even if you simply set out to explore the city of Venice on foot and wander around to its many corners, you will discover something interesting and romantic. Speaking of romance, for those seeking an amorous evening with their partner, there is no dearth of options. From taking a gondola ride together, to embarking on wine tours, there is a lot that you can explore with your partner. The absolutely best time to visit Venice for Sightseeing is in the first few days of May, which makes sightseeing easier. The weather in Venice is humid at most times with cold winters and really hot summers. July and August are the warmest months in Venice when the highest temperature can reach 30 degrees. This is why the best time to visit Venice is in April and May, and then, September and October.

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Which are the must Attractions to visit in Venice?

1. St. Mark’s Basilica: Built in the typical Gothic style architecture, the basilica also boasts of Byzantine, Italian Gothic, and Venetian Gothic architectures in its structure. The charming domes and walls of the building are decorated in gold mosaics, which draw the attention of visitors to its precincts. You will also find the structure decorated with more than 2000 precious gems and stones that are a sight to behold! Click here to book: St Marks Basilica Tickets

- Location: Piazza San Marco, 328, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

2. St. Mark's Square: This is the one place in Venice city where you will get to see the beauty of Venetian architecture, spread massively on all sides of the structures. This is the largest square in Venice, beautified by the extraordinary charm of architectural uniformity surrounding the square on all three sides. The square is a common ground for locals and tourists to arrive at, have drinks, stop to chat and socialise, meaning you will find some of the best eating joints nearby. 

- Location:
Piazza San Marco, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

3. Bridge of Sighs: Get prepared to be impressed by this section of Venice City, which never fails to charm tourists, both in terms of its size and architectural magnificence. You can take a private tour to explore the Bridge of Sighs, a walk that takes you back to the historic times, making everything around you seem precious and magnificent. Also look out for the dark cells of the Prigioni, the famous prison, known for the escape of Casanova.

Location: Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venice, Italy

4. Grand Canal: The Grand Canal draws its significance from historic events  that put it on course of a prominent river. The giant ‘reverse S shape’ of the canal sweeps across the heart of the city, providing a connection between the Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. You can take a gondola ride between different points across the bridges, all the while feasting your eyes upon the Venetian Gothic and Renaissance facades decorating the buildings along the way.

- Location: Venice, Italy

5. Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) and San Polo: It is believed that at one point, this was the only bridge across the Grand Canal. Today, the marvellous stone arch provides a connecting point between two busy streets of Venice. The bridge serves as one of the favorite vantage points for tourists who love to click pictures here and watch the gondola rides passing under the bridge. You will find some of the busiest and popular food shops at this side, making it a must visit spot for tourists. On the other hand, San Polo is a neat district, famous as a meeting joint for the locals. There are a number of markets and eateries here that are frequented by tourists.

- Location: Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

6. Scuola Grande di San Rocco: Built gracefully in white marble, this historic building has been dedicated to Saint Roch. Within the Church you will find many masterpiece paintings and artwork, including the Crucifixion. Besides this, the building is also home to many scenes from the testament, making this a wonderful place for someone who admires art and desires to revisit the works of historic artists. 

- Location:
Salizada San Rocco San Polo 3052, 30125 Venice, Italy

7. Murano: Get aboard a vaporetto (Venetian waterbus) and ride across the lagoons to reach these destinations, without which your trip to Venice might be incomplete. You will come across the Palazzo Giustinian, within which is a glass museum in Murano, home to the largest and highly important collection of Venetian Glass dating back to the time of the Romans. In Murano, you must visit the church of Santi Maria e Donato, built with intricate craftsmanship and take part in a tour inside which will reveal the highly praised artwork from the 14th century. 

- Location:
Municipality 1 Venezia-Murano-Burano, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

8. Peggy Guggenheim Collection: Visit this place if you are a history buff and want to take a first hand account of the art collections of heiress Peggy Guggenheim. Unlike most other museums in Venice, this one emphasizes on European and American artworks from the first half of the 20th century. The fancy white interiors of the museum are home to a number of collections from Picasso, Leger, Klee, Pollock and more artists. Outside the museum are beautiful sculpture gardens where you can take a stroll and find works of Calder and Hepworth.

- Location:
Dorsoduro, 701-704, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy

9. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari: This church is built in the Gothic style of architecture and boasts of multiple structural elements that draw visitors to its perimeter. The façade, interior walls, chapels and the campanile of the church, which is the second-highest in the city, bearing beauty to the sculptures of St. John the Baptist by Florentine and St. John the Baptist. You will also find several other important works of arts and renowned figures on display within the church. 

- Location:
San Polo, 3072, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

10. Gallerie dell'Accademia (Fine Arts Museum): This museum is situated side by side to the Grand Canal and houses some of the most important collections of Venetian artwork from the 15th to 18th centuries. The gallery has collected all these artworks from many different places, including some of the royal families. The galleries have beautifully gilded ceilings, which are truly admired only when you stand under them for real. They truly inspire awe and admiration from the visitors. 

- Location:
Campo della Carita, 1050, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy

11. Torcello Island: This peaceful and heavenly island is highly recommended for visitors, and is among the most popular islands in the lagoon. One of the most remarkable features of history and architecture to visit here are the Byzantine mosaics.

- Location: 30142 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

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Which are the famous things to do in Venice?

Embarking upon Venice Tourism this holiday season? Here are the top things to do in Venice that you must not forget to explore.

1. Climb the Campanile di San Marco: It is the famous bell tower in Venice that climbs high and dominates the skyline of the city. You can get to the top via an elevator, for which you will have to purchase a ticket. Reaching the top, you will be able to get a bird’s eye view of the entire city around you. However, please note that the Campanile is closed during harsh weather conditions such as high winds and cold temperature. It is highly recommended that you make your bookings for the bell tower as soon as you have decided your travel dates to Venice. There are only 12 tickets available for a particular time slot. 

- Location:
Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
- Timing: 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM (Subject to change during different seasons, confirm before visiting) 
- Price: Euro 13 (Advance booking recommended)

2. Stand atop the Rialto bridge: The Ponte di Rialto is the most popular bridge that spans the Grand canal. When you stand on top of the bridge, you can take in some of the most unique views of the canal and the city around you, which are otherwise hidden from another angle. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to visit this bridge and relish the most enchanting views of the city. While it might sound ordinary but simply watching the gondolas, vaporettos and ferries pass by under the bridge in the grand canal is a mesmerising sight that you can only experience in Venice City. 

- Location: Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

3. Take a ride through the grand canal: The grand canal runs for 2 miles, along which it attracts tourists in large numbers, each of whom loves to click innumerable pictures of themselves with the canal. It is one of the most iconic attractions in the city and riding through the Canal is one of the top things to do while you are in Venice City. While the ride can be a bit expensive, it is definitely worth it. The best time to take a gondola ride is during the evening. If you want something cheaper than this, you can hop aboard the Vaporetto, which is a water bus service in Venice that plies between the Grand Canal, stopping at different locations on its way. It is up to you to decide how you wish to experience the Grand canal but the fact remains that the experience is entirely worth it. 

- Location: Venice, Italy
- Price: 80 – 100 Euros

4. Visit the Jewish Ghetto: This is one of the most amazing sightseeing experiences in Venice, which holds an intense history of events behind it. The neighbourhood today consists of many restaurants and shops that offer kosher products, among other things. Here, you will also find a Jewish museum in the precincts, along with many synagogues that are best for visiting by tourists. Moreover, You can book yourself a walking tour around the ghetto, where a travel guide will explain everything about the history of the destination.

- Location: Calle Ghetto Vecchio, 1139, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy

5. Visit the Correr Civic museum: This is one of the most popular elements of Venice Tourism, offering a large collection of arts, artefacts and other collections from the historical times of Venice. If you have already purchased a ticket to visit the famous Doge’s palace, you can also visit this museum, since the price of which is included in the ticket. While, this museum might not be on the top things to see in Venice, you might regret not going there after all. This place is an excellent escape from the crowds of the city as it is quite peaceful, which is why people thoroughly enjoy coming over to this place.

- Location:
Piazza San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

6. Listen to the opera: If you are in the mood to explore the romantic side of Venice, then there cannot be a better way than to spend an evening listening to the Opera with your loved one! The most popular and revered opera house in Venice is the Teatro La Fenice, which is the most frequented by visitors and tourists, owing to its series of unfortunate events. The thing to relish here is not only the performances but also the great ambiance of the opera house which is a remarkable spectacle in itself. Everything from the visual to the audio is top in class here, which gives the visitor a beautiful experience that remains unmatched with everything else. 

- Location:
Campo San Fantin, 1965, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

7. Attend the famous carnival: Known as the ‘carnival of Venice’, the popular annual festival is held in the month of February and goes on for weeks of celebrations. This is the only festival where attendants wear fancy masks, simply looking at which is an experience in itself. You will find the locals and even some of the tourists dressing up in fancy costumes, elaborate masks, to attend different masquerade balls. Beside the masquerade balls, included in the festival is a water parade, a re-enactment of the flight of the angel and more. Plus, there is a lot of food to try and experiment with, including some of the best local delicacies of Italy and Venice. This festival sums up the culture and festival traditions of Venice, in its true form.

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What are the most romantic things to do in Venice?

1. Take a Gondola ride: For couples who are visiting Venice for the first time, taking a gondola ride is one of the most delightful experiences which lets you get cosy together and hold hands, while riding along the city and getting charmed by its beauty. If your gondolier permits,  you can take some wine along with you to relish the ride with every sip. 

2. Take it to the Rialto Bridge: The oldest and most popular bridge along the Grand Canal, you can get spectacular views of the city with your partner by your side. Relish the picturesque beauty of the city while standing at this memorable landmark.

3. Visit the Alberoni beach: If you are on your honeymoon, do not forget to visit this iconic beach which has many good things to offer. While the city mainly boasts of its architectural structures, this beach takes you away to an exquisite experience. This beach offers a different and exciting chance to soak under the sun and sky.

4. Dine at the Terrazza Danieli: For couples who are looking for romantic experiences in Venice, dining at this opulent location is an ideal activity. The Danieli stands apart from all the restaurants in the city, featuring marvellous views around it. Add to this a variety of delectable food choices and a luxurious ambiance and you have the perfect dinner date idea ready for you.

5. Take a wine tour: A mandatory addition to your Venice Tourism with your partner is a tasting session of different wines from some of the finest locations in the city. There are multiple tour options that you can choose from, where you will get to taste the famous red wines, white wines and other zesty varieties of the liquid.

6. Take a walk to remember at the Zattere: Venice is a city known for its romantic appeal and one of the ways to explore it down to every corner is by strolling around its landmarks. The southern shore of the main island is one of the best places to walk hand in hand. You will also encounter a number of churches on your way and it is a good idea to visit them as well. 

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How to Reach Venice?

Venice is easily accessible by air, train and road. The closest airport is Marco Polo Venice Airport serving international routes. The nearest water bus service operates from St. Mark’s Square and the closest train station is Venezia Santa Lucia Train station. 

What is the best time to visit Venice?

The best time for sightseeing in Venice is the mid spring season, during the first half of May. Other than this, the months of April, May, September and October are best to visit Venice.

What currency is used in Venice?

The currency which is majorly used in Venice is the Euro.

How can I get Italy visa from India?

Indians visiting Italy do not need to apply for an Italy Visa but they will need to apply for a Schengen Visa. For this, they will have to submit an application form, a cover letter, a valid passport, a few passport size photographs, proof of their financial status, insurance documents, and reservation documents of the flight and hotel.

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What are the documents required for Italy Visa?

The following documents shall be required to apply for a visa to Italy:

- Visa application form
- Photographs
- A valid passport
- Copies of previous visa
- Travel visa insurance
- Proof of travel
- Proof of accommodation
- Proof of financial means to survive during the stay in Italy
- Proof of civil status
- Additional documents, depending on the status of occupation of the individual

How much does a trip to Venice cost?

The city of Venice is quite expensive to visit, especially when you are on the main island. On your vacation to Venice, be prepared to shell out an average of $120 on a daily basis,  or equivalent to 107 Euros. The average spend on meals can go up to $40 and the cost of local transportation can also be as high as $25 for a single day.

For a 7 day trip, the average price will come down to $1837 for a solo traveller and $3299 for a couple. 

What languages do they speak in Venice?

The most common language spoken in Venice is Italian. Other than this, the common language spoken is dialect Venetian. Apart from this, the people working in hospitality speak some english. 

How safe is Venice at night?

In terms of theft, Venice is quite safe at night, even if you are travelling alone. Incidents of petty thefts around train stations are heard sometimes but as long as you observe safety measures, you should be safe in the city. However, do not swim or dangle your feet in the canals, even during the day.

What is Venice famous for?

The lagoons of Venice make it highly popular, along with its carnivals and historical structures. For tourists who like to explore ancient cities and romantic destinations, Venice has much to offer. 

What is the best month to go to Venice?

If you are planning to visit Venice, the best time will be the months of April, May, September and October. The mid spring season is the best for sightseeing when the temperature is warm and comfortable.

What food is Venice Italy famous for?

Some of the staple items to try in Venice are Risotto al nero di sepia, Bigoli in Salsa, Baicoli, and Moleche. Besides these, most Venetian restaurants offer Risi I bisi, which is an ancient speciality of Venice.

Is food expensive in Venice?

Yes, it is quite expensive to have a meal in Venice. The average cost of food in Venice is so high that a single meal might cost you up to $50 or 40 Euros. You might have to manage your meals throughout the day, from choosing budget options to splurging while you are in the city.

How should I dress in Venice?

As such, there are no strict rules regarding dress codes or manner of dressing in Venice. The only time you might have to watch what you are wearing is when you step in a church, where bare shoulders and revealing dresses are frowned upon.

How many days are enough in Venice?

If you wish to get the true feel of the city, then 3 days will suffice as the right amount of time to explore the city and its many historic places, activities to do and things to experience.

Is it safe to walk in Venice at night?

Yes, Venice is one of the few cities which is safe for travel during the night time. In fact, many tourists claim that when the fog descends at night, the city reveals its magical face, which makes it perfect for walking during the night.

What are the famous churches of Venice?

1. Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari: The largest and finest church in Venice, this is an interesting place of worship for locals as well as for tourists. The church boasts a splendid architecture that holds the visitors in captive awe. Along with the figurine of St Mary in heaven, you will find an attractive collection of artwork on display here. 

2. Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo:
This church is mostly popular for its interiors, with each grave decorated in a unique way. Apart from this, there is a huge array of paintings, altars and artworks that decorate the walls. This is the only church with a painting of a horse standing on three legs. 

3. Chiesa di San Zaccaria:
The ancient church was a Venetian nunnery in its time, where the wealthy people used to keep their daughters safe. The most popular attraction of the church is the Giovanni Bellini's "Sacra Conversazione” which is till date, considered to be a very important example of Renaissance Art. 

4. Basilica di San Marco:
Situated centrally, this church is built around the Byzantine style of architecture, holding a very oriental aura in its ambiance. The saints on display here are crafted in golden mosaic and the exterior section gives off hints of multiple Gothic elements, which are definitely must visit.

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Which are the famous places for shopping in Venice?

1. Freezeria: Known best for street shopping, you will find some of the best high-end labels on show at this street. From Louis Vuitton to Versace and more, you will find some of the top rated stylish options to shop and take home with you from here. 

2. Pied a Terre:
Buy furlane, special gondolier slippers and more at this pocket size boutique that offers some of the best low key Italian style options in a variety of colours and sizes. If you can afford to splurge a bit, do go for the Brummel mules which are signature Italian footwear options that you must not miss. 

3. Giuliana Longo:
Find the best handcrafted and imported hats for yourself and your friends at this outlet that has been serving people for over a decade now. There are a number of accessories to shop here, and you will find something to fit your pocket for sure.

4. Libreria Acqua Alta: This is a charming vintage book-shop which takes its name from the flood tides that are known to submerge parts of the city at times. This book-shop draws curiosity not only from the tourists but also the locals who love to discover the shop for its offerings.

Which are the best areas to stay in Venice?

1. San Marco: Some of the most important and popular sightseeing spots in Venice city can be found in this neighbourhood. It is thus, by far the best place to reside in Venice. You can reach the location by hiring a water taxi or a vaporetto or else, start walking since that is the only other way to reach this location.

2. Santa Croce: This offbeat neighbourhood gives off a typical local vibe, housing many casual eateries, commercial spaces and humble people who will welcome you to this abode. The locality is known for some great hotels.

3. Castello: This vibrant location is dotted with tourist attractions and many places of historic relevance. You will find many luxurious hotels in this area along with many casual eating outlets, and local shops.

4. Dorsoduro: Popular for its eateries, indie shops and vintage shopping arenas, you will find a number of budget hotels to stay at, in this locality.

5. Cannaregio: This is a historic location in Venice, offering many sights of interest for the tourists and churches for worship. It is located in the northernmost corner of Venice and offers both, budget as well as luxury accommodations to its visitors.

Which are the famous nightlife places in Venice?

1. Musica A Palazzo: Spend your evening listening to a lovely opera for which this is the perfect place. Be ready to meet new people and let the intimate side of Venice charm you.

2. Skyline Rooftop Bar: If you want a star-studded experience of the nightlife in Venice city, you are welcome to share an evening with a loved one at this place that gives you the most arresting views of the city and a chance to meddle in love.

3. Casino de Venezia: Try your luck at one of the table games or poker at this gaming hub which is located near the Grand Canal. While you immerse yourself in a game or two, don’t forget to take a peek around the canal for some charming night time views of the city.

4. La Fenice Theatre: Hugely popular and relevant in all of Italian theatre, you are likely to spend a memorable evening watching a show here.

5. Venice Jazz Club: Take you fandom for jazz to this popular joint in Venice which happens to be the best club around town.

6. Aurora Beach club: Dance under the stars, surrounded with lights and colours and surrender your senses to the beats of music at this interesting nightclub in Venice. 

Which are the adventure activities to do in Venice?

Venice Tourism is popular among travellers for the following activities which can be enjoyed with friends and family:

1. Venetian Kayak: This is a fun eco-adventure tour for those who want to drift around the historic canals of Venice. Known as the arteries of Venice, riding around them is an excellent way to explore the nooks and corners of Venice. Kayaking is majorly limited to areas around the canals now.

2. Gondola ride: The best touristy thing to do while you are in Venice is to hop aboard the gondola, which is an experience in itself, amplified by the presence of the gondolier, who dons a typical striped shirt and sings during the ride.

3. Prosecco wine tasting: There are multiple day tours to some of the best wine tasting locations in Venice City where you can get to know a lot about wines and also comb through some of the charming vineyards and villages. Not only this, but you will also be able to sip a variety of wines and discover delectable flavours to your liking. 

4. Take a tour of the Northern lagoon:
Visit the different islands around Venice and get to learn about the traditions and the history of this place. There are bright coloured houses and blow-glass making factories to view, along with much more to explore in the vicinity. 

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Reviewed: 28 Jul 2023
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Reviewed: 02 Mar 2024
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Reviewed: 07 Aug 2023
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