2 DAYS IN VENICE: Perfect itinerary with the best things to do in Venice (+ map)

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Planning to visit Venice in 2 days? Check out our guide to the best things to do in Venice.

Venice, Italy, a city with timeless charm, is famous for its intricate network of canals and bridges. Architectural gems such as the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Basilica, along with its rich history, attract tourists from all over the world.

Enjoy a gondola ride, sample traditional cuisine and soak up the romantic charm of Venice in our Venice in 2 days itinerary.

Is it possible to visit Venice in 2 days?

Venice can be visited in two days, but it’s good to prioritise as there’s a lot to see. In two days you can visit the main sights such as St Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge and take a gondola ride on the famous canals. You’ll also explore Venice’s unique neighborhoods and, with a little planning, you can take a trip to the nearby islands of Burano and Murano.

Venice in two days view from St. Mark's Basilica

Venice in two days – route map

On the map you will find the marked routes for a two-day visit to Venice. The route for the first day is on foot and starts at the Rialto Bridge. It is a 15-minute walk from Piazzale Roma (if you are staying in or around Mestre). The bridge can also be reached by water bus across the Grand Canal (see below for a description of the route, including photos).

The itinerary for the second day starts at the Fondamente Nove vaporetto station, where the vaporettos set sail for the most beautiful islands in the area. The itinerary for the afternoon is free and offers several options according to your interests.

Detailed description of the routes including photos can be found further in the article.

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2 DAYS IN VENICE – Itinerary for 1st day

7:00 – Take a ride on the Grand Canal

We start early in the morning until Venice is flooded with crowds. We walked the streets of Venice at 7am and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy an authentic Venice.

There are only a few tourists in the city, so you can observe the locals in their natural environment. Sitting in a deserted square reading newspapers, hurrying to work, cleaning the streets or carrying things on boats.

Venice in one day

Hop on the vaporetto 1 or 2 (water bus) and take a ride on the Grand Canal. It’s a perfect introduction to Venice. You’ll get an idea of what Venice looks like and where things are.

The Grand Canal is a 4 kilometre long main canal lined with magnificent buildings. The wind on the boat cools you down nicely while you enjoy a ride on the vaporetto with just a few locals. In the morning the vaporetto on the Grand Canal fills up with tourists and a pleasant ride is out of the question.

Vaporetto 1 short walk from the train station

Both water bus lines 1 and 2 run along the Grand Canal, except that line 2 makes fewer stops here. When we could, we opted for line 2 because the ship was moving at a leisurely pace. Just enough to enjoy the ride and see the surroundings. Line 1 stops at all stops and the journey was a bit long after that.

Canal Grande Venice
View of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge

The Vaporetto runs day and night, so you can start your first day in Venice really early in the morning. When you see the crowds that flock here in the morning, you’ll be glad you got up.

Accommodation in Venice 😴

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Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre

Modern 4* hotel with parking and restaurant

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Hotel Delle Rose

Cheap, clean accommodation with parking

7:30 – Walk along the Ponte di Rialto

The Rialto Bridge is the most famous bridge over the Grand Canal. It’s also the oldest – it’s been there for 400 years and in the past it was the only way to get from one side of the Grand Canal to the other. Ponte di Rialto is made of Istrian stone. It consists of 3 parallel staircases – two are on the edges and the central staircase is flanked by shops selling souvenirs, Murano glass and jewellery.

Ponte di Rialto Venice

We visited the Rialto Bridge (Ponte de Rialto) early in the morning and during the day when we literally pushed through the crowds. In the morning between 7:00-8:00 you will be here with only a few other tourists. You can enjoy the view from the bridge without having to wait in line.

Ponte di Rialto Venice
Ponte di Rialto Venice

At Ponte di Rialto you can take the vaporetto 1 or 2 again to Piazza San Marco. If you’re in the mood for a bit of walking in the narrow streets of Venice, now is the best time. You can almost enjoy them for yourself this morning.

From Ponte di Rialto, follow the signs to Piazza San Marco, which is just a few minutes’ walk away. Turn off the main street into the side streets, where you cross bridges over picturesque canals. Fancy a bite to eat or want to have breakfast in town? Stop at the Farini bakery, which is just a short detour away.

Venice in one day

Here you can have a coffee and a croissant, which they have with different fillings (including cream and chocolate, yum). During the day, they offer pizza slices, lasagne and other snacks, perfect for a quick meal on the go. They open at 7:30.

Venice in one day

8:30 – Admire Piazza San Marco

We arrive at one of the most beautiful squares in Europe – Piazza San Marco. A vast square surrounded by magnificent buildings that opens like an embrace to the sea.

There’s so much to see in Piazza San Marco that you’ll want to set aside a few hours.

The square is dominated by the beautifully decorated St Mark’s Basilica, which is unmissable. It is connected to the Doge’s Palace and the bell tower of St. Marco The square is flanked by buildings with arcades, which house, among others, the Correr Museum and the National Archaeological Museum.

If you are planning to visit one of the sights, now is the best time. It’s around 8:30-9:00am, so you have time to walk around the square and promenade before the basilica and bell tower open at 9:30am. The Doge’s Palace opens at 9:00.

Now we’ll give you more information about the different places in Piazza San Marco so you can prepare for your visit.

Piazza San Marco Venice
St Mark's Basilica in Venice

Torre dell´Orologio

Look to the left of the basilica and you will see the Torre dell’Orologio, a stunning clock tower from the 15th century. With a blue dial with Roman numerals and zodiac signs in gold.

In the 19th century, one of the world’s first digital clocks was added to the clock. Above it is a winged lion, the symbol of St Mark, and at the top of the tower two bronze statues of shepherds chime every hour. They are called “Moors” because of their dark colour.

The tower is oriented to the south of the square towards the Grand Canal so that it can be seen by arriving sailors.

Riva degli Schiavoni

A landscaped promenade runs along Piazza San Marco. If you walk past the Doge’s Palace along the promenade to the bridge, you will see the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) over the canal. This connected the prison with the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace. It takes its name from the prisoners who, according to legend, sighed on the bridge that they were probably seeing the Venice canal for the last time.

Ponte dei Sospiri Venice

Enjoy a stroll along the landscaped promenade with views of La Salute Basilica and San Giorgio Maggiore Basilica in the distance, just opposite Piazza San Marco. As the city wakes up, so do the gondoliers, who prepare their gondolas for the new day.

Venice promenade

On the other side of the promenade lies the somewhat hidden Giardini Reali, a quiet oasis of greenery away from the crowds and stalls in the area.

  Giardini Reali Venice in one day

St. Mark’s Basilica

St Mark’s Basilica is made of more than 500 marble columns from 3rd century and will blow you away with its glittering gold and Murano coloured glass mosaics covering 4000 square metres, statues, 5 Byzantine domes or the golden altar studded with jewels.

This is probably the most beautiful basilica I’ve ever seen. That’s also why there are long queues to get in (we’ll talk about how to skip these queues in a moment).

St Mark's Basilica Venice

Because of its ornate and golden interiors, it is nicknamed “Chiesa d’Oro” or “Golden Church”.

The basilica itself can be walked through in a few dozen minutes. If you’re also planning to visit the Golden Altar, see the bronze horses of Constantinople and enjoy the view of the entire Piazza San Marco from the terrace, buy a combination ticket. We did the whole tour and it was definitely worth it.

St Mark's Basilica Venice
View of the interior of St. Mark’s Basilica from the museum terrace
St Mark's Basilica Venice
The Golden Altar

Please note: Dress appropriately – knees and shoulders covered in summer. It is a religious building, where you will not be allowed to go in inappropriate clothing.

Admission and opening hours of the Basilica of San Marco in Venice

The Basilica is open 9:30-17:15 (last entry 16:45) and 14:00-17:00 on Sundays (closes at 16:00 in winter).

Entrance to the basilica is charged at 3 €. For another €5 you can see the Golden Altar and for €7 you can go to the Museo di San Marco, where you can enjoy the view from the terrace overlooking the square and get a closer look at the mosaics or the original bronze horses of St Mark (interestingly, they are mostly made of copper).

The bronze horses are one of the biggest attractions at St. Mark’s Basilica. They were brought by Venetians from 4th Crusades from Constantinople in the 4th century. Replicas of horses are placed directly on the facade of the basilica.

Children under the age of 6 can enter all parts of the basilica for free.

How to skip the lines for St. Mark’s Basilica:

We were buying combined tickets in advance at 9:30am – included the basilica, the Golden Altar, the museum and a view from the terrace. We went through the entrance on the left reserved for advance reservations, where only a few people were waiting. To the right of this is the entrance for those without a reservation – the queue was already long at opening time all the way to the Doge’s Palace.

The Doge’s Palace

The Doge’s Palace is a magnificent building on the right side of St Mark’s Basilica. Its mixture of Gothic, Byzantine and Moorish styles makes it a masterpiece of Venetian architecture.

In the past, the Doge’s Palace served as the residence of the Doge, the government and also as a prison where, for example, Cassanova was imprisoned.

Doge's Palace Venice / What to see in Venice

Inside, you will see the beautiful courtyard, the richly decorated rooms, walk along the Bridge of Sighs and visit the prison. If you walk quickly, you can walk through the Doge’s Palace in an hour. I recommend setting aside about 2 hours to see all the details and absorb the history of the Doge’s Palace and the sights.

Doge's Palace Venice / What to see in Venice
Doge's Palace Venice / What to see in Venice
Admission and opening hours of the Doge’s Palace

Admission to the Doge’s Palace costs €30 and is open daily 9:00-19:00 (last entry one hour before). In winter it closes at 18:00.

How to skip the queues for the Doge’s Palace:

Everyone wants to go to the Doge’s Palace and the queues are long. Especially in the season it is advance booking is a must to avoid long queues (the price is the same as on site). Just show the tickets on your mobile phone, you don’t need to print anything. You will go through a reserved entrance for tickets booked in advance.

The ticket also includes entry to the Museo Correr and the National Archaeological Museum, also located in Piazza San Marco.

St. Mark’s Bell Tower

For one of the best views of Venice, climb the Campanile di San Marco, which at 98.6 metres is the tallest building in Venice. A distinctive brick-coloured bell tower with an ornate entrance, which takes you up in a minute by lift to the observation gallery. From here you can admire Venice in all directions.

St Mark's Bell Tower Venice

Admission to St Mark’s Bell Tower: The view from Campanile di San Marco is charged at €10 (children under 6 years old are free). Only 30 people are allowed in every 30 minutes, so it’s best to book tickets in advance. Then you go right at the entrance. On the left are those who don’t have a reservation.

Opening hours: the opening hours of the bell tower are 9:45-19:00.

view from the bell tower of St. Mark's,Venice

Tickets for the most popular sights in Piazza San Marco, where long queues form:

12:00 Lunch – Venice in 2 days

There are plenty of restaurants and trattorias around Piazza San Marco for lunch. Some are only open through lunch and do not reopen until the evening.

If you go behind St Mark’s Basilica, less than 5 minutes away is the popular Rossopomodoro restaurant, where they make excellent Neapolitan pizza. They’re open late.

Or buy a slice of pizza or a box of pasta and continue exploring Venice.

Venice pizza

Right in Piazza San Marco, you can enjoy a delicious coffee and dessert at the renowned Caffè Florian, which has been in its beautiful premises since the 18th century. If you fancy gelato, Venchi is 5 minutes from the square and has excellent gelato and chocolate.

Read: Itinerary for 1 day in Venice

14:00 Visit Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo or La Fenice Theatre

Near Piazza San Marco, there are two amazing sights – Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and La Fenice Theatre. Both are on the way to the Ponte dell’Accademia bridge, where we will go afterwards.

Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo

Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is not the most famous monument in Venice. But it is certainly one of the most interesting. It has a magnificent spiral staircase surrounded by layers of loggias made of brick and white Istrian stone. The loggias are lowered upwards, creating the optical illusion that the staircase is higher than in reality.

Enjoy the view of the orange rooftops of the Venetian houses from the staircase and admire the paintings by Tintoretto inside the palace.

Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is just 5 minutes from Piazza San Marco. Opening hours are daily from the end of February 10:00-18:00 and in winter 9:30-17:30 (last entry always 30 minutes before). Tickets for 9 € you can book in advance.

Teatro La Fenice

Teatro La Fenice is a Venetian neoclassical opera house from the 18th century. which at its greatest glory staged the most important operas, such as Verdi’s La Traviata or Bellini’s I Capuleti ed i Montecchi. It can be reached in 5 minutes from Piazza San Marco in a westerly direction.

La Fenice comes from the word “phoenix”. And as we know with the Phoenix, this opera rose from the ashes after the original building burned down.

You can explore the beautiful theatre as part of a tour without a guide for 13,50 € or with a guide for 20 €. Opening hours for interior tours are daily 9:30-18:00.

Read: How to get from Marco Polo Airport to Venice

15:30 – Enjoy the view from Ponte dell’Accademia

From La Fenice Theatre, we weave through narrow canals and picturesque streets, which are surprisingly not so crowded. This was our favorite part of Venice.

We walk through the open squares until we reach the wooden bridge Ponte dell’Accademia. From here you can enjoy the best view of the Grand Canal.

Venice, Italy

16:30 – Take a gondola ride

What is more typical of Venice than a gondola ride? If the gondola tempts you, you can hop on the gondola here at Ponte dell’Accademia and enjoy a half-hour cruise on the Grand Canal.

Most gondolas are located at Piazza San Marco, which is 2 stops vaporetto away. However, the queues are usually the biggest and the gondoliers have to cope with big waves from passing boats. We found the gondola ride inside the Grand Canal or between the narrow canals more picturesque.

Gondola cruise in Venice / Venice in 2 days

The price for a 30-minute gondola ride is €80 during the day and after 19 in the evening. 120 € per hour. The price is valid for the whole gondola, i.e. 6 people. You can buy in advance shared gondola ride for 30 € per person. Rates are regulated by the city, so prices are the same everywhere in Venice. In addition, gondoliers are so busy during the season that there are queues for gondolas.

Venice in one day / gondola, Venice

17:30 – Discover the streets of the Dorsoduro district

The Dorsoduro is one of the six sestieri, Venice’s municipal districts, directly connected to the Ponte dell’Accademia bridge. Located between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal, it is a quiet corner of an otherwise busy city. If you want to experience authentic Venice, head here.

Dorsoduro Venice

It is home to the Gallerie dell’Accademia, a leading collection of Venetian art, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of the finest collections of modern art in Italy. Thanks to Venice’s Ca’ Foscari University, the neighbourhood exudes a lively and youthful energy.

Venice in one day

Cantine Schiavi, a wine bar serving excellent Venetian cicchetti, is just a few minutes from Gallerie dell’Accademia. This is one of the most typical things to try in Venice. A large selection of small snacks, something like Spanish tapas.

You can choose a variety of cicchetti on your plate and have wine or a spritz with it. You can eat it on the railings along the canal. Just watch out for the seagulls, lest they steal your food right off your plate.

The whole of the Dorsoduro district is lined with a landscaped promenade around the Giudecca Canal, which is much quieter than the promenade by Piazza San Marco. Moreover, the sunsets from here are beautiful.

Dorsoduro Venice in one day

Wandering the streets of Dorsoduro, you’ll come across a number of simple trattorias serving great Venetian cuisine, frequented by locals.

Read: How to get from Treviso Airport to Venice


8:00 Cruise to Burano – Murano – Torcello


Burano, a small island in the Venetian lagoon, is famous for its colourful fishermen’s houses, its leaning bell tower and its centuries-old tradition of lace-making. It’s a lively and picturesque destination that offers a different take on Venetian life outside the main tourist areas.

Burano Venice

Locals can’t even choose the colour of the facade themselves. It is assigned to them according to their place of residence. According to legend, the houses were painted in bright colours so that sailors could find the island better in foggy weather.

You can wander the colourful streets for hours. It’s something completely different from Venice. If you had to choose only one of these three islands, it would have to be Burano.

Burano Venice in 2 days


Right next to Burano is the small island of Torcello.

Torcello Island is like going back in time. The sleepy rural atmosphere contrasts with the lively Venice. You will find several souvenir shops and the Attila’s Throne, or the ancient stone chair that legend has it was used by King Attila of the Huns.


The oldest building in the Venetian lagoon, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta with its Byzantine mosaics from the 12th and 13th centuries, is particularly worth seeing. You can also climb to the top of the bell tower.

Standing here, it seems almost unbelievable that the island of Torcello used to be the most populated and important island in the lagoon. A malaria epidemic killed many of the inhabitants and only a handful of the original 20,000 remain.

The island can be reached by the same line as Burano Island or from Burano by water bus.

Accommodation in Venice 😴

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Camping Venezia Village

Private accommodation in bungalows

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Antico Panada

3* cosy hotel in the centre of the old town


Murano Island is just 1.5 km from Venice. It is the second largest island in the Venetian lagoon and is famous for its glass production. That is why it is nicknamed the “Island of Glass”. Centuries-old techniques are still used in the production process, so watching the glassmakers at work is a unique experience. And glassmaking is evident from every corner of the island.


Worth a visit on Murano is one of the oldest churches in the lagoon, the Church of Santa Maria and San Donato, and the Museum of Glass with more than 4,000 objects and a chandelier weighing 300 kg.

How to get to the island of Burano-Murano-Torcello

From Venice’s main island, the most common starting point is the Fondamente Nove stop, where you can hop on a vaporetto. You can choose the line depending on which island you plan to visit.

Murano is the closest – less than a quarter of an hour away. You can get here by lines 4.1, 12 or 13.

Burano and Torcello are about 40-45 minutes from the Fondamente Nove stop. Take line 12 to get there, passing several other islands along the way, including Murano.

TIP: You can visit all 3 places (Murano, Burano, Torcello) visit in one trip.

How much time to set aside

This depends on whether you plan to visit only one of the islands or all of them. If your destination is the island of Burano, plan your trip from morning to noon, with lunch in the early afternoon.

Are you planning to visit all the islands? Set aside a whole day for them.

I recommend starting early in the morning to enjoy the cruise in the vaporetto without the crowds of tourists. Later on, the crowds pile in and the islands fill up quickly.

Read: The most beautiful places of Lago di Garda

14:00 Optional programme – 5 itinerary options

If you’ve only visited the island of Burano, you’ll have a full afternoon to explore other parts of Venice. Here are some suggestions for enjoying your second day in Venice:

Option 1: Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

Walking around Piazza San Marco, you will have noticed the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, which is right opposite. On a small island, where the Adriatic Sea envelops it from all sides.

The basilica is unique with its 2 interconnected facades. They symbolise the harmonious combination of Renaissance Christian ideals with ancient Roman temple design.

Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore Venice in 2 days

Inside, it houses paintings by Tintoretto and the entrance to the bell tower, from which you can enjoy another spectacular view of Venice and the lagoon. An elevator will take you to the observation deck. Entrance to the basilica is free, the bell tower costs 8 €.

From April to October, the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore is open 9:00-19:00 and the rest of the year 8:30-18:00. Allow 2 hours to visit the basilica and the surrounding area. You can sit in front of the basilica and enjoy the view of Venice.

The Basilica can be reached in a few minutes from Piazza San Marco – vaporetto 2 towards Lido Island.

Option 2: Venetian Shipyard (Arsenale di Venezia)

The Arsenale di Venezia is a place that until a few years ago was not open to the public. Definitely worth seeing if you are interested in maritime themes.

The Arsenale di Venezia is a Byzantine shipyard dating from 1104. A vast area consisting of docks, ship factories and wharves. Hence the name arsenale, which translates as “shipyard”.

Arsenale di Venezia Venice in 2 days
Arsenale di Venezia Venice in 2 days

The complex includes the Maritime History Museum, the most important in Italy. The exhibition area is divided into 5 floors and a total of 42 exhibition rooms. In the ancient workshop of the oars there is the Boat Pavilion.

For up-to-date information, check the official website of La Biennale. Please allow at least 2 hours for the tour.

The Venetian Shipyard is about 20 minutes’ walk from Piazza San Marco. You can walk most of the way along the promenade or weave through the old streets. You can also get here by vaporetto line – 1, 4.1 and 4.2.

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Option 3: La Salute Basilica and Art Museums

The Baroque Basilica of La Salute is located at the very tip of the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro district. It has an octagonal plan in the shape of a crown and inside you will find a sacristy with 12 works by Titian or art by Tintoretto.

basilica la salute venice

Entrance to the basilica is free. You can visit it daily from 9:30-12:00 and 15:00-17:00. Right next to the basilica they are building vaporetto 1.

Nearby La Salute Basilica is the Gallerie dell’Accademia, with a leading collection of Venetian art, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of the finest collections of modern art in Italy.

Variant 4: Cannaregio

On our first day we visited the Dorsoduro district, one of the most authentic neighbourhoods in Venice. Next is Cannaregio – the further you go from the Grand Canal, the more local it gets. Enjoy a glimpse of everyday Venetian life and stroll through the quiet streets and canals that line the historic buildings, including the magnificent Madonna dell’Orto Church.

Cannaregio Venice in 2 days

Cannaregio is home to the oldest Jewish ghetto in the world, with five historic synagogues and a Jewish Museum. Try traditional Venetian cuisine at a local restaurant – you won’t go wrong at Paradiso Perduto (open for dinner, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

Cannaregio is easy to get to – on the way from Burano Island, get off again at the Fondamente Nove stop and head northwest from there.

Option 5: San Polo

San Polo, the smallest of Venice’s six sestieri, is a charming and lively area in the centre of Venice. San Polo is home to a number of historic churches, including the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari with works by Titian and the Church of San Rocco with masterpieces by Tintoretto.

Venice in 2 days

The gateway is the Piazzale Roma, or Rialto Bridge, which connects the San Marco and San Polo districts. A short walk from the bridge is the Rialto Market, one of Venice’s most famous markets, full of vendors selling fresh produce, seafood and Venetian specialities. It is a feast for the senses and offers an authentic slice of Venetian life.

Venice in 2 days

Stroll through the picturesque streets that connect to open squares (campi) and enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants, cafés and traditional bacari wine bars.

Try Bacareto da Lele, which offers traditional cicchetti. They’re open from early morning till late at night. In addition to cicchetti, it also offers breaded buns. They don’t sound special, but they are really good and will come in handy with such a busy schedule.

Where to stay in Venice

To soak up the atmosphere of Venice, stay in the old centre. Here are the best accommodation options:

  • Antico Panada: A budget and cosy hotel right in the centre of Piazza San Marco
  • Hotel Belle Arti: Three-star hotel in the artistic district of Dorsoduro, located a few minutes from the Grand Canal and San Marco Square.
  • Hotel Il Moro di Venezia: Cheap, clean hotel 5 minutes from Piazzale Roma, with private bathroom and air conditioning

Accommodation in the suburbs of Mestre keeps you away from the hustle and bustle of Venice while providing excellent facilities. Venice can be reached in a few minutes by bus, tram or train (you can usually buy tickets for €1.50 at your hotel reception).

  • Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre: Four-star modern hotel with great value for money, swimming pool, spa and excellent cuisine
  • Hotel Alverì: Three-star comfortable hotel at a good price and with free parking
  • Camping Venezia Village: Modern accommodation in self-contained bungalows with fridge and terrace, the complex also has a swimming pool, playground, restaurant and shop
  • Hotel Delle Rose: Cheap but clean and pleasant hotel with good access to the airport and Venice

Accommodation in Venice 😴

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Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre

Modern 4* hotel with parking and restaurant

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Hotel Delle Rose

Cheap, clean accommodation with parking

How to enjoy Venice in two days

  • As of 2024, there is now an obligation to pay the fee to enter Venice on selected days.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. The streets are narrow, there are a lot of steps and uneven surfaces.
  • Here is a downloadable map of the water bus es. Maps can also be found at most vaporetto stations.
  • Try the food outside the main tourist spots. In hidden alleyways or neighborhoods frequented mainly by locals. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also enjoy more.
  • Summer or winter, Italian gelato is a must-try. The best gelato is in the city centre at SUSO, Gallonetto or Venchi. But you can also find great gelaterias in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
  • Land at major tourist spots such as Ponte di Rialto and Piazza San Marco.
  • Or, alternatively, walk through Venice after dark, when it is beautifully lit. From a cruise on the Grand Canal to Piazza San Marco, in the evening everything is bathed in warm colours of light.
  • See if the Venezia Unica tourist card can save you money.

These were our tips on what to see in Venice in two days. Do you have a question? We’ll be happy to answer it in the comments below. Have a safe journey!

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Summary: The perfect itinerary for Venice in 2 days

How many days to visit Venice?

Venice isn’t big – you can walk around in a day, but you can only see a few places in such a short time. It is generally recommended to spend at least two to four days in Venice to fully enjoy the unique beauty of the city.

What places to see in Venice in 2 days?

Must-sees in Venice include St Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal and Burano Island.

How to get around Venice?

The best way to get around Venice is on foot or by vaporetto (public water bus). The city centre is not accessible for cars. A vaporetto ticket costs € 9.50 and is valid for 75 minutes. A better option is a day ticket with unlimited travel around Venice (including buses and trams to Mestre).

Is it necessary to book tickets in advance for attractions in Venice?

Yes, it is advisable to book tickets in advance for some of the main attractions, such as the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica, especially during the peak season. This can save you a considerable amount of waiting time.

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