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Say what you will about Venice, often considered overcrowded, the atmosphere of the lagoon city remains unique and therefore attracts many millions of visitors every year. Built on stilts in the water, the city is perfect for strolling. But there are also a lot of activities and things to do if you want to get the most out of your stay in Venice. Here we have collected some top ideas!
Maurizio MassaroBy Maurizio Massaro

10 things to do in Venice

Our best ideas for activities in Venice
St. Mark's Basilica | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Visit St. Mark's Basilica

One of the first things to do in Venice should be a trip to the Markus Square. There you can also directly visit the Markus Cathedral, one of the landmarks of the city. The cathedral of the Patriarch of Venice adorns the magnificent square in the style of Venetian Gothic since the year 1617, and the bell tower (Campanile di San Marco) is also open to interested guests.Various vendors sell online tickets without queuing as well as guided tours of this wonderful building in Venice.
Canal Grande | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Let yourself gondola through Venice's canals

Few things are as emblematic of Venice as the gondolier, who carefully maneuvers his gondola through the canals of the lagoon city. Such a boat trip is an absolute must when visiting the city and allows you to see Venice and the Canal Grande in a new light during an unforgettable experience.
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Trip to Murano | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Take a trip to the islands of the Venetian lagoon

The islands in the lagoon offer various highlights: While Murano is world-famous for the glassblowing craft based there, lace is traditionally made on Burano in and around the colorful fishermen's cottages. In contrast to the highly frequented first two islands is Torcello, which with its main sight, the cathedral Santa Maria Assunta is more suitable for quieter activities.
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Rialto Market | Flickr: Jorge Franganillo CC-BY 2.0

Discover the culinary highlights of Venice

In Italy you can find good food on every corner, but Venice has its own specialties to offer. On a street food tour, aperitivo tour or wine tasting you will experience new treats and delicacies in and around Venice.
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Biblioteca Marciana | Alexandra Karlsson Public Domain

Enjoy the museums of Venice

Not just a rainy-day venture in Venice, the city's museums cover a wide variety of exhibits from modern and contemporary art, for aexample at the Collezione Peggy Guggenheim to artifacts from ancient Rome and Greece at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Whether with or without a guided tour, a museum visit in Venice broadens the horizon and is the ideal pastime, especially in bad weather.
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Teatro La Fenice, Opera house of Venice | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Have a good time at a concert or opera!

Why not spend an elegant evening at the Opera or at a concert? The superstar of Italian opera, Giuseppe Verdi, is closely associated with the name of the Teatro La Fenice opera house in Venice: Fully five of his operas were premiered here! Guided tours are also available for this sight!
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Murano Glass Workshop | Flickr: Mohamed Yahya CC-BY-SA 2.0

Awaken dormant talents at a workshop

Fancy learning something new? Try glass blowing, perfect Italian dishes or paint a mask in the style of the Venetian carnival? There are also various offers for this: Courses and workshops are unusual activities on vacation, but thanks to the newly learned skills you will have something for a long time!
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Doge's Palace in Venice | Ulmon: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0

Visit the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs

As the former central power center of the Maritime Republic of Venice, the Palazzo Ducale or in English Doge's Palace in Venice is one of the most important secular buildings of the Gothic period and is therefore worth a visit. Also, the famous Bridge of Sighs leads from the Doge's Palace to the new State Prison of the Republic of Venice, completed in 1610. A Ticket for the Doge's Palace usually also includes admission to the Museo Correr as well as the National Archaeological Museum of Venice.
Grand Canal seen from the Fondaco dei Tedeschi | Flickr: Dimitris Kamaras CC-BY 2.0

Overview Venice from above - without tourist crowds

Looking for a viewing platform in Venice that is also free to visit? The roof terrace of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi allows a wonderful view of the city and lagoon. It is, however, reservations required, as only a few visitors are allowed on the roof at a time.
Streets of Venice | Flickr: Stephen Colebourne CC-BY 2.0

Let yourself be introduced to the secrets of Venice on a guided tour

There´s something about exploring Venice on your own! But you get more contextual information if you book a city tour with competent guides. Possibly arising questions about the history of the city, its architecture and its peculiarities, are answered quickly and satisfactorily. Also as an idea generator for further activities in Venice such a guided tour along the most important sights of the city can be very helpful.
Campo San Giacomo di Rialto | Flickr: Dimitris Kamaras CC-Y 2.0

Venice by night

Venice looks particularly magical after dark. Various night tours and gondola rides at night are among the special activities that you can do in Venice at night.A guided tour of Venice lit up at night? Magical! Gondola tour and a glass of Prosecco at the end? Romantic! Venice has a few treats in store for nighttime adventures. Speaking of treats: Culinarily, there are wonderful offerings for dinner for two or with friends, especially at night. Those who like to be spooked, however, will get their money's worth on a ghost tour through dark alleys.
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Masks in Venice | Flickr: Paul Van der Werf CC-BY 2.0

Family friendly activities in Venice

Child-friendly sightseeing: the needs of Venice's youngest guests are taken into account on family-friendly tours.Guided tours that cater especially to children, offers that resemble a scavenger hunt or treasure hunt through the city and mask and puppet tours are part of the offer for families in Venice. So before the ancient art and canals become exhausting, it is advisable for parents to provide some variety in Venice with child-friendly activities.
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Maurizio Massaro
Written byMaurizio MassaroMaurizio is a cosmopolitan, a musician and comes around. In his role as a content manager at TicketLens, he is always striving to find new offers as well as writing about sights all over the world.
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