Top Things To Do In Venice

Top Things To Do In Venice

What are the top things to do in Venice?

Venice is one of the most celebrated tourist destinations in the world and people visit Venice with lots of expectations. Well, good news is that it lives up to all the hype.

As soon as you start strolling through the streets, you will find something every couple of minutes that is worth a stop.

Yes, it is very crowded but beyond San Marco Plaza if you want, you can find a calm place even in the peak season.

While Venice is full of historical museums and beautiful churches, here we have listed our top 8 experiences that shouldn’t be missed on your trip to Venice.


1. Watch a glass blowing demonstration on Murano Island

Murano Island is the closest place if you want to escape the tourist herds of the main island.  If you are interested in watching glass blowing demonstration or making a glass sculpture, it’s a perfect place to spend half a day. Even if this activity is of no interest to you, you can take a stroll around, order a pizza in a local café and relax by the creek.

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2. Wander in Burano Island

Burano is a colorful island not far from the main island. The colors are so bright and cheerful that you wouldn’t resist smiling. This was my favorite place in Venice.

It is also less crowded as compared to the core Venetian Island

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3. Take a gondola ride

Gandola ride in Venice

Yeh I know, I know it’s a cliché but clichés exist for a reason yeah?

Gliding through serene waters, against the incredible backdrop of marvelous buildings is an experience you won’t forget for a long time.


4. Visit St. Mark’s Basilica

St. Mark’s Basilica

St. Mark’s Basilica is one of the most visited touristic attractions in Venice and a must see for any traveler visiting Italy. It’s a church with a lot of interesting stories and legends behind it. There are so many beautiful and interesting churches in Italy, still somehow St. Mark’s Basilica has become one of my favorite places. And the best part, it is free of cost.


5. Explore St. Mark’s Square

St. Mark’s Square

Yes it is touristy and yes it is crowded. 99 % of the tourists visiting Italy will be heading towards the St. Mark’s square. Some places are just more fun with the crowd around and St Mark’s square happens to be one of those.


6. Take a Water Taxi

Water Taxis In Venice

Although exploring Venice on foot has its own charm, you cannot come to the city of canals and not take a water taxi. After all, that’s the main commuting medium amongst locals as well tourists.


7. Rialto Bridge


Famous Rialto Bridge is again a very famous spot and is full of tourists but you must add it to your Venice bucket list


8. Get Lost in Venice

Admiring Venice

Finally, just spend some time chasing nothing. Wander aimlessly through its streets and alleys.

It’s not impossible to find a calm yet charming corner without any tourist’s herds. Ignore everything (including this post) and stroll around without a map and any bucket list. And I promise, you will appreciate the city of canal magic’s more than anything.

These were our top experiences in Venice. What is your favorite part in Venice?

Author: Offbeat Wanderlust


  1. I’m in Venice a lot, and always like visiting the Rialto Bridge. Your photos really capture the vibrancy and energy of Venice. Always a must see place in Italy, love it.

  2. Lovely read. There is a lot you can do there economically. I think the gondola ride is pricey but that is something you got to do when in Venice. Plus, there is a 10 euro city sightseeing boat if I am not wrong that takes you around. The water taxis you mentioned here, are they the same?

    1. those are grand canal tours..water taxis and grad canal tour i would say pretty much same experience.. water taxis are cheaper though.

  3. I lived in Venice some 20 years ago. How is the town doing now? I have heard the mass tourism is affecting it pretty bad. I have so good memories since I was navigating with the vaporetto on its canals to go to the library or to school. Venice is a great place. I hope it will survive.

  4. I visited Venice years ago when I was a poor student so never took a gondola ride. It was a beautiful city but so busy in the middle of summer. Would love to go back sometime in a different season with my husband as he has never been.

    1. i visited recently when earning still dint take it.. lol..i find it quite pricey..also i was travelling solo thats why . 🙂

  5. The last time I was in Venice was 17 years ago on a quick 2 day trip. I keep meaning to return to Venice. It’s quite hard to escape the crowds and it’s great to read that there are places which are less crowded. Even though the gondalo ride may be pricey, I still want to experience this. I love the colourful houses on Burano island! : )

  6. Love Venice! I’ve been twice and still haven’t had enough. It’s just so beautiful Thanks for sharing and bringing back some great memories!

  7. I am dying to visit Venice. My husband has already been there and he has done most of the things on the list.
    I am particularly interested in visiting all those Instagram perfect colorful streets and taking the Gondola rides.
    Hopefully, I make it this year.

  8. I’ve been reading a few things about Venice recently, though have to admit that it’s not a destination that’s ever really crossed my mind! I have been to Italy, and stayed in Siena, with day trips to Pisa and Rome, but having read this, I think I should reconsider Venice, as there’s definitely enough to see and do there to make it worth a visit, even if for a long weekend! x

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