Three Days in Venice, Italy

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  • Italy

  • Venice

  • City Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • International Travel

  • Siteseeing

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The floating city of Venice, Italy, is one of the most incredible and remarkable places in the world. With its unique topography, it is also a city with a particular aura and very patriotic locals. When you arrive in Venice, try to cover all your bases and visit the tourist attractions, but also pack in a day to truly feel the heartbeat of the city. Walk over the city’s most famous bridges, wander its alleyways and dive into its nooks and crannies to discover the real Venice. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to eat plenty of local snacks and wash them down with vino.

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Day 1: Explore the Ins-and-Outs of Piazza San Marco

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Piazza San Marco

When you arrive in Venice, start with its most famous square: Piazza San Marco. This must-visit destination hosts multiple museums. Stop by the Doge’s Palace, Palazzo Ducale – an iconic Gothic Venetian structure that used to host the government. This was one of the most important places during the city's heyday and continues to be an essential stop on any trip to Venice. Another spot in the square is St. Mark’s Basilica, a Catholic hallmark of the Italian city. The beautiful basilica is a stunning example of the city’s religious heritage. 

Teatro La Fenice

A short walk away from the piazza is Teatro La Fenice, a quick and impressive visit. The 11 euro entry fee also includes an audio guide. This is one of the most renowned Italian and international theaters in the history of opera as a whole. After or in between stops, there are plenty of places to stop for gelato or a full meal.

Day 2: Cannaregio & Take a Water Taxi to Visit the Islands

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Explore the Cannaregio Jewish neighborhood in Venice. This neighborhood has great shopping and eating and is home to one of the oldest Jewish ghettos. There's still an active Jewish community there. 

Burano & Murano Islands

From Cannaregio, you can catch the water taxi to the islands of Burano and Murano. Burano is known for its brightly colored houses and lacework, while Murano is known for glassmaking. You can see live glassblowing, purchase glass art and visit the Glass Museum.

Day 3: Venetian Bridges & Gondola Rides

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Intentionally include a slow-paced day to get a sense of Venice, Italy on a local level. It is a city with so much color and authenticity that it often gets lost in the tourism rush. On this day, you can cover other must-do’s in Venice, like taking a gondola ride (80 euros for daytime or 100 euros for nighttime), boating or walking along the Grand Canal to see Rialto Bridge, getting Cicchetti (small snacks, like Spanish tapas) at a bacari (wine bar), shopping for everything from traditional Venetian masks to Versace and wandering through side streets to discover architecture and incredible views.

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