Venice Things to Do in 2 Days – the City of Bridges

Venice, the lovely world famous place is one of my favorite cities and I cannot recommend visiting Venice enough, so I hope this post inspire you to travel to Venice and explore this romantic place yourself.

Find out about things to do in Venice and some more tips for your Venice trip.

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2 Days in Venice – the City of Bridges. Things to see and do in Venice – the most romantic city forgive birds but also great for non-lovers 🙂 Italy.

Venice Facts

Country: Italy

Inhabitants: More than 250,000

Location: North-East of Italy

Language: Italian, though many have basics in other languages (English, German etc.)

Currency: Euro

Why Should I Visit Venice?

Located in the north/eastern part of Italy it offers the cutest, most picturesque streets and houses you can imagine. It seems to me that Venice was just made for people who love strolling through streets and enjoying life, while not doing so much else.

Every corner has its own charm and magic and the Venetian do their best to welcome tourists friendly. Though I (and probably many others) associate Venice with bridges, it is interesting to know that there are other cities which actually have way more bridges than Venice, like Hamburg in Germany for instance.

For me, it is still: Venice – The  City of Bridges.

Beautiful view of traditional Gondolas on famous Canal Grande with historic Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the background in romantic golden evening light at sunset in Venice, Italy
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Beautiful view of traditional Gondolas on famous Canal Grande with historic Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the background, Venice @shutterstock

What to Avoid in Venice

Small cafes invite you to enjoy real Italian coffee and espresso. Some cafes, however, charge ridiculous prices for beverages. So do the cafes near the main attractions like the Piazza san Marco, Rialto Bridge, Palazzo Ducale or the Basilica di San Marco.

You want to enjoy a bottle of coke or a cappuccino in those cafes? If you pay around 9€ to 10€ for one beverage (a bottle of coke). The good thing about Venice is: it is not expensive everywhere (and it is so pretty but that is very obvious :).

If you aren´t willing to pay those overcharged prices you just have to look for one of the restaurants and cafes in the side streets. There you pay only about 1/3 or even less.

While I can´t recommend the cafes near the tourist spots I surely love the main tourist attractions. If you stroll through Venice you will cross them eventually. Though Venice enjoys worldwide fame it isn’t geographically big.

Where to Stay in Venice / Accommodation in Venice

We stayed in Venice Lido, which meant we had to take a boat to get to Venice. It was a beautiful boat ride and Lido was cute, and so I would not mind staying there again.

Venice itself has some great 5* hotels like the Gritti Palace with a lovely view of the Grand Canal.

You can check the prices for the Gritto Palace here, but there are also more 5* hotels, there are also some 2*, 3* and 4* hotels, though accommodation is quite expensive in Venice, so make sure to check out the best prices for your Venice accommodation.

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When is a Good Time to Visit Venice

But the most important advice I can give for a Venice trip: select your travel time wisely. If you visit in July or August it will most likely be full of tourists crowds.

If you have a sensitive nose you´ll mind the smell in those months as well. Well, does Venice really smell? I am not sure if it is just a myth or if it is true but it is said, that it smells bad when the canals are drained.

I visited Venice in May/June and I assume it was a perfect time to enjoy this incredible Italian place.

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P.S. Though Venice is car-free you might need these tips for driving in Italy.

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Must-See Places and Must-See Activities in Venice

Venice is a lovely city – well, that seems obvious 🙂 and there are some places that have become world-famous – it is not only the gondolas that belong to Venice – there are more great things to do in Venice.

Top Things you to See in Venice

You actually cannot miss the Grand Canal – the main “street” in Venice, or to be more precise one of the busiest water-traffic corridor where lots of gondolas, boats etc. provide public transport with some lovely hotels, shops, and restaurants lined up.

Canal Grande with Basilica di Santa Maria della Salut @shutterstock
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Canal Grande with Basilica di Santa Maria della Salut @shutterstock

The most famous bridge is the Rialto Bridge, which can get be quite crowded at times but still worth to be visited. Rialto Bridge is one of the bridges Grand Canal and its unique shape has made it a popular photo spot. There are also shops where you can get souvenirs (like masks).

Rialto Bridge in Venice
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Rialto Bridge in Venice

For many tourists, a gondola ride is obligatory (about 100€ for a ride, one boat, accommodates up to six people). We preferred discovering the place by foot back then (to be honest, one main reason were that we were poor students back then).

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Beautiful Venice in Italy
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Beautiful Venice in Italy

The Basilica di San Marco, also known as Saint Mark´s Basicila, is another place I recommend visiting though it can also be crowded. We did not go inside but you can book a tour if you are interested to see the impressive (at least I assume so) interior.

It is cathedral church of Venice and the square in front of it – Piazza san Marco – is a busy and popular place for tourists.

Piazza San Marco with the Basilica of Saint Mark and the bell tower of St Mark's Campanile (Campanile di San Marco) in Venice, Italy,
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Piazza San Marco with the Basilica of Saint Mark and the bell tower of St Mark’s Campanile (Campanile di San Marco) in Venice, Italy, @shutterstock

Venice in Italy - Basilica di San Marco from Piazza san Marco
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Venice in Italy – Basilica di San Marco from Piazza san Marco

The Piazzetta San Marco is just in front of the Basilica with view on the Grand Canal. You´ll find lovely cafes with great views there – though totally overpriced.

The Piazzetta San Marco, view from Saint Mark's Basilica @shutterstock
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The Piazzetta San Marco, view from Saint Mark’s Basilica

Most people recommend visiting the Palazzo Ducale as it is apparently a very impressive – though I did not visit the museum I would have loved to visit but the crowds scared me away, so I preferred looking at it from outside only.

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Venice is known as a great place for love birds and honeymoons. Without a doubt, Venice is a very romantic destination and perfect for a quick get-away for couples.

However, I think, Venice is NOT only meant for love birds but if you aren´t there on your honeymoon a couple of days are totally enough to explore the city.

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What Else to Do In Venice

If you have some more time, I recommend heading to Venice Lido Island. Doing the boat rides to and from Lido (where I actually stayed) where one of the best things because you can take more beautiful pictures from within the boat.

Lido has also a beach and some more cafes, hotels, and shops and is worth to be visited.

When I visited a few years ago, I did not know about Burano, close to Venice. You might have seen these extremely colorful houses on social media and if you have time I recommend visiting Burano. I for myself cannot wait to visit Venice again – and then also to head to Burano.

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Burano – Venice, Italy, one of the most colorful places in the world. @shutterstock

I hope, you enjoy Venice as much as we did! Happy travels, Arzo.

P.S. I fell in love with Italy when I visited Venice, read about Melissa´s 10 reasons to fall in love with Italy. 

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