The phrase “something out of a storybook” doesn’t even begin to describe Venice with its beautiful canals and incredible architecture. Both romantic and magical, Venice has something for every visitor, whether they be a couple on their honeymoon, a solo traveler looking for something new, or a family away on holiday.
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What’s the best time to visit Venice?
Venice is beautiful all year long, and different people will give you different “ideal” times to go. Summer months are pretty hot and can get uncomfortably warm with large tourist crowds, so if you don’t have schooling constraints, skipping Venice over the summer might be a good choice. Autumn and Spring have the least amount of crowds and are hosts to wonderful weather during the day and night, not too hot and not too cold. Winter is some people’s favorite time of year in Venice, but not recommended for first time visitors who are looking for the full Venetian experience.
a Few facts about Venice
The floating city consists of 117 islands linked by bridges over the canals that separate them. Planning a trip to this wonder can be a little overwhelming, so be prepared to get lost. Even if you use Google Maps or related apps, you can get lost or directed to a dead end alley, so including time for getting lost is essential! However, everything is easily accessible via water taxi and ferry, so you needn’t worry too much.
One Day in Venice Itinerary
Follow this guide and make the most of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do during your one day in Venice.
Campanile di San Marco
The famous Campanile di San Marco bell tower opens at 9:00 am (9:30 during winter), before the Basilica itself, so visiting this first thing in the morning is a good way to get incredible city panoramas from the very top.
Around half an hour is perfect for this stop, as it won’t take you longer than that for the elevator ride up, photo-ops, and the ride back down. Finishing this up first thing in the morning is important to avoid long lines next!
St. Mark’s Basilica
Since you’re already at Basilica di San Marco, you’re pretty much in luck. This way, you get to be in line before it opens at 9:45 and won’t have to wait too long to get inside! The treasures and marvelous glittering mosaics are not to be missed. Do pay the extra admission fee to see the Pala d’Oro altarpiece and to visit the Marciana Museum, where you will be able to see great close up views of the mosaics from the balcony level.
Rialto Bridge and Market
If you feel the need to have lunch, there are many wonderful restaurants at the Piazza San Marco before crossing the world famous Rialto bridge! Don’t forget to take a few minutes to wander the stalls of the Rialto Market on the far (S. Polo) side. When you’re done, move on south towards the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.
Visit Academia Galleries for its remarkable collection of paintings by the old masters of Italy – Titian, Tintoretto, Giovanni Bellini, Paolo Veronese, Paolo Veneziano, Giorgione, and Carpaccio. If you’re a lover of the arts, you can’t afford to miss this.
Scuola Grade di San Rocco
Scuola Grade di San Rocco is another place for art lovers. Admire the dozens of spectacular oil paintings in this spot, described as a “Renaissance frat house” with all the famous Venetian paintings in dark wood and big oil paintings.
Yes, it’s incredibly touristy. No, it’s not something you want to miss. Who would want to go to Venice and not ride a gondola?! They’re fun, relaxing, and very romantic. So take a seat in a gondola and enjoy the beautiful Venetian canals.
Piazza San Marco
Make your way back to the Piazza San Marco at the end of your day to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the musicians competing for attention by the tables around the cafes and enjoy the rest of your night in this magical city.
Where to stay in Venice?
Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo
2063 S.Croce, Santa Croce, 30135 Venice
Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo is a super stylish, classical-style hotel located in an ancient Venetian building in the Santa Croce district, only a 10 minutes’ walk to the Rialto bridge. The rooms at Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo are all elegantly decorated with Venetian décor and refined wooden headboards.
Calle Larga XXII Marzo, San Marco 2283/A, San Marco
Hotel Flora is a traditional, intimate and exclusive hotel set in a 17th-century building, only a 5 minutes’ walk from Piazza San Marco. The hotel features a nice leafy courtyard with a beautiful setting where breakfast is served every morning. All rooms are individually decorated with antique furniture, Murano chandeliers and damask tapestries.
Campo Dei Gesuiti Cannaregio 4878, Cannaregio
We_Crociferi is a bright and modern hostel set in a recently restored old monastery, dating back to the twelfth century. It offers both beds in a dormitory, private rooms or apartments with a modern, functional style and is surely one of the best value deals in the city. Communal areas include a kitchen and a laundry area. The hostel also features a conference room.
Extra tips for visiting Venice
– In Venice, unlike in the rest of Italy, 7-8pm is considered normal dining time. Most restaurants shut their kitchens by 9pm, so don’t forget to get your meals planned before then!
– Be very careful of pickpockets, just like you would visiting many other parts of Italy and Europe.
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Logistical Tips and Tricks
Organize your trip in five easy steps!
BOOK A FLIGHT!
Obviously, if you’re going on a trip somewhere far a way, you’ll need to book a flight. There is absolutely no need to worry about this, though, because with Skyscanner, you will be able to find a cheap flight anywhere in the world. And their website is extremely easy to use, so you will have your seat on a plane in no time at all!
BOOK A ROOM!
To easily find the best possible room in the city you’re visiting, just head to Booking.com. They have quite literally thousands of options, a reliable rating system and will always get you a great deal. On top of that, you can learn a lot from the comments people leave there, too. No matter if you’re looking for an apartment or an elite hotel, you’ll find what you need here.
GET A CAR!
If you want the ultimate sense of freedom while on your trip, a car is a must. Fortunately, there is a simple way to get one – just visit Booking’s Rentalcars and they’ll have your vehicle ready in a jiffy. Now you’ll be able to explore the new city thoroughly and, who knows, maybe even make a trip outside it.
INSURE YOURSELF FOR PEACE OF MIND!
Accidents, mishaps and other troubles happen to everyone. The key is to be prepared. That’s why getting a travel insurance is such a great idea: it can help you deal with any health issues, theft and even cancelled flights. World Nomads know full well about the problems that can arise on a trip because they are passionate travelers themselves. That’s why they can offer you the very best deals.
FIND SOMEONE TO HELP YOU GET AROUND!
Want to have some company as soon as you land? Through Welcomepickups.com, you can find a local to meet you at the airport and help you find your way around the new city. They can also set things up for you, give you some useful tips and be helpful in general. The whole project is a great idea and very well executed, so do go and see how these people can make your trip a more pleasant one.