What to do in Venice
When planning my trip to Venice, I did a lot of research to find what I wanted to see and do with only 2.5 days in Venice. There are some things we didn't have time for, so I want to share the full list with you. You can read about my trip in two previous blog posts: My Venice Experience & My Venice Experience - Lido Di Venezia
1. St. Mark's Basilica
The Basilica is open for both worship and tourism and is a popular landmark in Venice. The outside of it is beautiful both day and night. It is open to the public during the day. For more information visit here.
2. St Mark’s Campanile
Adjoined to the Basillica is St. Mark's Bell Tower. The tower is 99 meters hiegh and offers the best views of Venice and its lagoon. I recommend buying tickets online prior to your visit to avoid waiting in a long line. For more information about the tower visit here.
3. Doge's Palace
The Palace was home to the Doge of Venice; the elected ruler of Venice and where civil courts, civil administration and bureaucracy were held. For more information visit here.
4. Bridge of Sighs
The interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace are connected to the Bridge of Sighs - which was the city jail. The bridge is enclosed with small windows and stone bars. If you peek through the designs in the windows, you get a view of the canal. The bridge got its name based on a legend, which says prisoners would sigh crossing the bridge taking their last peek at the outside world. Once prisoners were convicted in the Doge kingdom, there was no way back.
5. St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square is a big public square and where St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace are. The square also has museums, restaurants and cafes. In the evenings live music is played at the outdoor restaurant seating areas.
6. Rialto Bridge
This is the oldest bridge crossing the Grand Canal in Venice. The central walkway of the bridge is lined with shops, this is a very popular tourist destination in Venice. Click here for more interesting facts.
7. Canal Tour with a Gondola ride
The gondoliers will give you facts and information on the history of buildings and Venice.
A museum gallery of pre-19th-century art in Venice, northern Italy. It is in the Scuola della Carità on the south bank of the Grand Canal, within the sestiere of Dorsoduro.
9. San Zaccaria
The San Zaccaria Church is a 15th-century former monastic church in central Venice, Italy. It is located in the Campo San Zaccaria, just off the waterfront to the southeast of Piazza San Marco and St Mark's Basilica.
10. Ca' d'Oro
One of the cities oldest palaces in Venice, also called The Palazzo Santa Sofia, it is located on the Grand Canal. (You can see this from a gondola ride)
11. Jewish Ghetto
Take a walk through the Jewish Ghetto, stop at a shop or a bakery.
13. Visit the other islands: Murano Island, Lido, Burano, San Giorgio Maggiore
We wanted a day at the beach and therefore chose to visit Lido beach. Lido is a 6.8 mile long sandbar where people line the beach for sunbathing and relaxing at the beach. People do live on the island, population is about 20,000.