Venice is filled with countless bridges, canals large and small, and boats of every shape and size. With three days in the Floating City, you can fully experience the city’s waterways and sti have time for museum visits and food tours. Here’s how to spend three days in Venice.
Day 1: Boats and Behind-the-Scenes Experiences
A hop-on hop-off boat tour is a great way to orient yourself, allowing you explore the city’s landmarks at your own pace. Spend your first day sightseeing from the water, hopping off at points of interest such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Cannaregio district, the Doge’s Palace, or St. Mark’s Basilica. (Book skip-the-line tickets for each museum to maximize your time.) Then, take a Carnival mask-making class or head to gondola school for gondolier lessons. Complete your day with more time on the water—climb aboard a typical Venetian boat for a sunset cruise and watch the city lights flicker to life.
Day 2: Taste of Venice
In the morning, discover more of the Venetian lagoon with a half-day tour to the nearby islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, each known for local glassworks, handmade lace, and historic churches, respectively. For an immersive experience, book a Murano glass factory tour and workshop. Once you’re back in Venice, discover a favorite Venetian pastime on a food tour that takes you hopping between local cicchetti bars for traditional pre-dinner snacks. For a final dose of culture, get tickets to an evening opera performance.
Day 3: Venetian Lagoon and Beyond
Venice’s northern Italy location means travelers can easily fit in a day trip to a nearby destination. Learn about the story of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet on a full-day tour to Verona or venture to Italy’s Dolomite Mountains for a 1-day outdoor adventure complete with peaceful lakes, mountain trails, and relaxing mountain villages such as Cortina.