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How to Spend 1 Day in Venice

How to Spend 1 Day in Venice

A single day in Venice could easily be eaten up by strolling along canals, snapping photographs, and climbing over countless bridges. But, for those looking to maximize time in the floating city, here’s how to pack in classic sights, a dose of culture, and some romance, too—all in one day.

 

Morning: See the Classics

It’s possible to hit the classic landmarks of Venice, Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, and St. Mark’s Basilica, in just one morning. Make the most of your time with skip-the-line tickets with premium access, as some of these tours also include secret itineraries, opening doors that aren’t normally accessible to the public. Alternatively, cover ground quickly with a hop-on hop off boat tour that allows you to get out on the water and see all the major attractions on your own schedule.

 

Afternoon: Cultural Immersion

Get to know the character of Venice by focusing on its culture. This could mean a guided food tour through the Rialto Market with stops for traditional Venetian snacks (cicchetti) or a private tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, home to works from artists including Jackson Pollock. Local culture is also found in off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods such as Dorsoduro, away from the major landmarks. Explore these spots on a walking tour or a Venice Canal cruise that sails down quiet, secret canals.

 

Night: Ghosts, Music, and Gondolas

It is tempting to find a restaurant along a small canal and remain there for a full evening, but there are many after-dark activities to try in Venice. Those interested in history may want to set out on a walking tour focused on Venetian ghosts and legends, while music fans might wish to get tickets for a local classical music concert. For romance, climb aboard an evening gondola for a ride along the lagoon, complete with serenade from your gondolier.

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Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

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See the best of Venice in a day on a tour that combines a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a guide, and visit St. Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$103.37
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I Musici Veneziani Concert: Vivaldi Four Seasons

I Musici Veneziani Concert: Vivaldi Four Seasons

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Hear Antonio Vivaldi’s magnificent ‘Four Seasons’ performed by Venice’s acclaimed I Musici Veneziani. The 1.5-hour show will whisk you back to 18th-century Venice, with performers dressed in traditional Venetian costumes and a spectacular setting in the exclusive Salone Capitolare at the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour

Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Semi-Private tour

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Discover Venice’s hidden gems on a 2-hour cruise through the city’s secret canals. Watch scenes of daily Venetian life as you glide through the lesser-known neighborhoods of Cannaregio, Dorsoduro and the Jewish Ghetto. A guide will share insight into the city’s history, architecture and local legends. For a grand finale, head out into the wider waters of the Grand Canal and float beneath the iconic Rialto Bridge. Numbers are limited to nine people on this small-group tour for a more intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours
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$138.23
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Venice Ghost and Legends Walking Tour

Venice Ghost and Legends Walking Tour

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As night falls on Venice and the crowds disappear, discover the city’s darkest secrets on this devilishly entertaining ghost tour. Wander through narrow passageways and past the blackened, vacant canals to uncover Venice’s haunted history. Listen to your ghost-hunter guide spin tales about the sinister deeds and tragic ends of the figures who once walked the streets—some of whom are believed to still wander as restless spirits.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

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Feel the romance of a classic Venetian experience with a serenaded gondola ride through Venice’s famed canals, capped off by dinner or lunch at a renowned local eatery. Settle into a traditional gondola boat for a ride through the Grand Canal and some of the city’s smaller waterways, while onboard musicians provide a passionate soundtrack of Italian ballads. Savor an authentic Venetian meal at the top-rated Hostaria Ai Coristi Restaurant to conclude your enchanted evening or afternoon tour.
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  • 2 hours
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Hidden Venice Walking Tour

Hidden Venice Walking Tour

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Get to know some of the canal city's secrets during this 1.5-hour walking tour of hidden Venice. Let an experienced local guide show you some of the city's more off-beat sights. Walk from the popular St. Mark's Square to the Rialto Bridge to find the hidden gems along the way. Enjoy seeing this unique city at a leisurely pace.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Venice Food Tour Including Rialto Market and Cicchetti

Venice Food Tour Including Rialto Market and Cicchetti

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Dive into the delicious tradition of cicchetti and wine in Venice on this food tour. Get insider tips on where the locals go to eat and find out what Venetian dishes to try. Explore the maritime history of Venice with a knowledgeable guide as you walk through the colorful Rialto Market. Then, cross the Grand Canal by gondola and walk through the old Jewish Ghetto, Cannaregio, to sample snacks and drinks.
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  • 3 hours
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