6 Things to do in Venice

The piazzas. The canals. The art and culture. It’s difficult to pinpoint just one thing that makes Venice one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Lost yourself in Venezia’s charm by checking out these amazing attractions. Discover these 6 top things to do in Venice!

1. Knock out three major sights in one square:

Piazza San Marco! You can check out St. Mark’s Basilica, one of Italy’s most spectacular and famous churches. You can also visit Doge’s Palace, once Venice’s political and judicial hub; and of course Torre dell’Orologio, a clock tower built between 1496 and 1506. These are not only the square’s main attractions, but some of the city’s main attractions as well.

2. Ride around the city on a gondola.

No trip to Venice would be complete if you didn’t ride around the waterways on an iconic gondola.  The Istituzione per la Conservazione della Gondola e Tutela del Gondoliere website (www.gondolavenezia.it) has recommended itineraries for tourists.

3. Get a taste of the true Venetian cuisine.

We all know that Italy is known for its delicious food and gelato, so take advantage while you’re in this amazing city!  Try traditional dishes from the Veneto – like oca in onto (goose in its own fat) or freshwater lagoon fish done in saor at Antica Adelaide, get the best polpette (meatballs) in Venice at Ca d’Oro, and a strong selection of Venetian antipasti, including raw sea food, at Vini da Gigio. Check out some delicious gelato at Boutique del Gelato,  a small outlet on salizzada San Lio. It is usually crowded, but well worth the wait if you want to try true, delicious and rich gelato.

4. Check out some of Venice’s unique art.

From the late Middle Ages until the mid 18th century, artists of the higher caliber left their mark all over the city. Venice also has a contemporary art scene that lives up to its amazing art history. Seventy-seven nations went works by 90 artists to the 2009 Biennale a two-yearly artistic bunfight where deals are hatched and hopefuls vie with big names for a piece of the action.

5. Visit Venezia’s Grand Canal

–one of the city’s most popular and highly photographed attractions. Many travelers recommend hiring a gondolier for an expensive, yet romantic row along the canal. Although, if you’re looking for a cheaper price you can hop on a #1 or #2 water bus.

6. Visit Ponte di Rialto.

The bridge is the handiwork of Antonio da Ponte, who finished work on it in the early 1590s. Many travelers like to use the bridge to take photos of the Grand Canal, while others enjoy the shopping found on either side of it. Many still enjoy parking themselves at a café and gazing at it from afar.