Venice Italy is magical! Here’s what you can’t miss!
Out of anywhere in the world, I think Venice Italy is one of my favorites. It seriously feels like I’m on a movie set every time I visit. On my first trip, I went to Venice Italy after my study abroad in the United Kingdom and France. I went backpacking after my study abroad was over and ended in Venice. It was amazing but also SO hot in June. This time, we went in December and it was FREEZING so make sure you know that there are extremes haha. It was definitely worth the trip this time around since my entire family and my husband got to come along. We started our trip in Rome, went on to Cinque Terre, stayed in Florence for a few days and ended our trip in Venice. It’s been a crazy time but it’s been so much fun. We have some incredible experiences in Venice Italy this trip. If you’re planning on a vacation there, you need to add these to your list!
Things to Do in Venice Italy
1. Libreria Acqua Alta
This is a hidden gem I found on Instagram. The pictures make it look bigger than it is but it’s a tiny library down an alley in Venice Italy. It’s a super cool spot stacked with books all outside and inside. If you’re a book nerd, definitely consider find this cool spot. I loved the pictures from it and there’s a gorgeous view of the Grand Canal.
2. Piazza San Marco
This is the main square in Venice Italy. There’s tons of shops, tourists and endless amounts of pigeons. St. Mark’s Basilica stands on one side with the Campanile di San Marco. You can find delicious food everywhere you turn so pick and choose where you want to go or spend an afternoon eating everything in sight. I won’t judge either way haha.
3. St. Mark’s Basilica
This is one of the most iconic spots in Venice Italy. St. Mark’s Basilica is absolutely breathtaking and one of the coolest spots to go to. Keep in mind that the lines are SUPER long and if you have a backpack, you need to check it by the door. They won’t let you bring it inside. My favorite part about the basilica is the crypt where all the previous bishops are buried. It seems kind of spooky while writing it but it’s an incredible experience.
4. The Campanile di San Marco
This is the tower on the corner of the Piazza San Marco. You can climb to the top and get a gorgeous view of the entire city along with a view of the ocean. It’s one of the best spots in all of Venice Italy! If you get the chance, head here first!
5. The Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs is right around the corner from San Marco. It’s an infamous bridge that connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms. It’s rumored that when prisoners on death row were taken across the bridge for the last time, they would sigh as they took in the final view. I know it’s a morbid story but the bridge is very spectacular along with the incredible view.
6. Gondola Ride
If you go on vacation to Venice Italy, you HAVE to go on a gondola ride! It’s an experience of a lifetime. We loved going out as an entire family to explore the canals. The best way to travel is by boat and you can see things you normally can’t by foot. We snapped dozens of pictures and had the best time.
7. Rialto Bridge
This is the main bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice Italy. There’s a ton of shops lining the bridge along with a view of the whole city. My husband, Taz and I loved exploring the different stores and scoping out the best gelato shops.
Murano is just off the coast of Venice and it’s famous for creating Venetian glass. Since it’s not on the mainland of Venice Italy, you have to book a tour by boat to access Murano. You can see the artists blowing glass in person and purchase some of their handmade creations once you get to the islands. Their pieces are stunning and make great souvenirs to bring home or share with your friends! My mom got a gorgeous vase to remember our trip by.
Burano may sound nearly identical to Murano but it’s known for something different: lace! As an island off the coast of Venice, this tiny town sells intricate handmade lace. Venetian lace is beautiful! I wish I thought to get some but it just gives me a good reason to go back.
10. Venetian Markets
Last but not least, take a chance to go to the venetian markets. Venice Italy is known for its blown glass like I mentioned before, leather, lace and venetian masks. It’s so much fun to explore all the shops and see how creative the artists are. Last time I was in Venice, I bought myself a leather purse and this time we had a blast trying on all the venetian masks. The one in the picture is my favorite but there’s a ton of other ones that I loved.
Those are the 10 must-see places in Venice Italy! We had the best trip to Italy and loved being able to spend so much time with my family. We started the journey in Rome and went on to Cinque Terre and Florence before ending our trip in Venice. I’m so sad our trip had to end but the trip was definitely one to remember. If you are planning on booking a trip to Venice Italy, definitely think about doing some of the things from this list. If you want any help looking for hotels or places to eat in Venice Italy, let me know in the comments! I would love to help in any way I can. Good luck!