Italy: Things to See & Do in Venice

in City Guides, Sightseeing, Travel Tips

Saint Mark's Basilica is one of Venice's most famous churches

Saint Mark's Basilica is one of Venice's most famous churches

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world. It is best known for its extensive network of canals and gondola rides, but Venice has actually more to offer than these. Here are some of the other “must sees” and “must dos” during a trip to Venice.

Walk around San Marco Square. All over Italy, you will find these wonderful squares, which played essential roles in history. San Marco Square is the main square of Venice, and is home to many other attractions. Here, you can visit the basilica of San Marco, the patron saint of the city. The basilica is of Byzantine architecture. You can also find the Doges Palace, which symbolizes the Venetian Republic.

An alternative to a gondola tour is a vaporetto tour. A vaporetto is basically a water bus, and is a cheaper way to traverse the main canal of the city. The Grand Canal tour is the most popular tour, and you will definitely enjoy sitting back and relaxing as the vaporetto slowly moves on the water.

Foodies definitely have to pay a visit to the Rialto Market. This foodie market will give you a glimpse into real Italian life. Locals go to this market to watch restaurateurs and “normal” homemakers alike stock up their kitchen. You can even go ahead and buy purchase some food for yourself!

Visit the islands of Murano and Burano. At Murano Island, you can watch glass blowing demonstrations. You can either book a tour or simply take a vaporetto and walk around till you find a shop to your liking. In Burano, you will find less crowded streets and very colorful buildings.

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