8 Must See Sights in Venice Italy

Must See Spots in Venice, Italy

I’m Back! I have so many photos and thoughts to share with you from our European Vacation – that I don’t even know where to start. So instead of just dumping 100 photos into a post, I decided to give everyone a peek into our trip, as well as some travel tips for when YOU get to visit these places yourself! 

Of all the places we went, Venice is the place I would tell you that you HAVE to go! My grandfather was right when he told me that Venice is the one place in the world you HAVE to visit! So to start off my posts, here are 8 Must See Spots in Venice, Italy!

8 Must See Sights in Venice Italy

Vaporetto Ride up and down the Grand Canal 

If you are like most visitors, you are flying into Venice from somewhere else in Europe. If you are flying in – the Venice airport is very small but very easy to get out of and to the main area of Venice. Once you are out of the airport, follow the path to the Vaporetto / Alilunga Orange Line to the Grand Canal in Venice itself. This line will bring you all the way through the grand canal giving you a great first look at the city of Venice! We stayed at a hotel right on the Grand Canal and I would recommend you do the same! You can take a Gondola ride as well, but we passed on this as it’s very expensive.

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St. Marks Square

St. Mark’s Square is what you will always see when reading or watching something about Venice. It’s the main square at the “end” of the Grand Canal and many tourists can get stuck in this area and never experience the rest of the Venice. No matter what time of year you go – this area will be busy, it will have the most street carts selling souvenirs and touristy restaurants. Make sure you visit as it’s a great sight to see with many important buildings, but make sure you take the time to explore the rest of Venice too!

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St. Marks Basillica

St. Marks Basillica is located in St. Marks Square and is a sight to see. The outside is amazing looking, but just wait until you walk inside and look up. The golden mosaics cover the whole inside of the building and are quite amazing! You can go in for free, but if you want to go up to the over look area and museum (which I recommend) there is a charge of 5 Euros per person. Here is a view from the balcony on top of the Basillica. 

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Doges Palace & the Bridge of Sighs

Doges Palace is located right next to St. Marks Basilica and we visited right after our visit to the Basilica. None of these attractions take the whole day, so if you have a limited amount of time in Venice, you can easily hit quite a few in one day! Time saver tip: If there is a long line to get in – go across the square to the Museum Correr and buy a combo ticket – this will get you into that museum as well as the Palace and allow you to skip the ticket line at the palace. The museum is some-what interesting, and for “free” it is good to look through, but if you are tight on time – you could skip it and head straight to Doges Palace!

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Frari Church

This church is a little hard to find – as it is set back from the Grand Canal but feel free to get lost along the way – it will be worth it! The church itself is a traditional large nave church and has some amazing and different sculptures. The Rick Steve’s self-guided tour helped us out a lot in this church! You can’t take pictures in this church, but the whole area around the church is great too!

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Rialto Bridge

To me, the Rialto Bridge was a bit underwhelming. It is lined with touristy shops, people selling “selfie-sticks” and pick pockets (be careful!) – but the view is gorgeous from the bridge – so if nothing else, go for the view and pick up a few souvenirs for your family back home!

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Getting Lost in the Back Canals – The #1 thing you have to do in Venice is just roam around and get lost! Getting lost in a city that is foreign sounds pretty unsettling but trust me, once you are there – you will find that it isn’t at all scary, it is a safe city and its so small that you will eventually end up back at the grand canal with the ability to find yourself on a map and get back to your hotel! If you are tired of walking by that time, hop on the Vaparetto! We got lost many times – and one of the times (when trying to find Frari church) was one of the best walks we had in Venice. We winded back and forth through some very residential areas of Venice, seeing how “everyday life” was. When we hit the grand canal again, we were right across from the train station and another beautiful bridge. We hit areas on our walk that we would never of seen if we hadn’t gotten lost and I’m glad we did get lost! Pick a direction, make a few turns and just go for it! When in doubt, ask someone to point you in the direction of the grand canal or st. marks square! 

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11 thoughts on “Must See Spots in Venice, Italy

  1. Amber Dixon

    Your pictures are awesome. In my search for the places to see in venice I have come across so many images of the city that I am dying to go there. I have shortlisted some of the places I will be going there and made an itinerary here http://www.triphobo.com/venice-italy, But I could not include the last and most loving part of your suggestions in my itinerary. But have made a note of it. Thanks..

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  2. Roxanne D'souza

    Been there, and done all of that, and it was truly amazing. Unfortunately for my upcoming Italian vacation, Venice is not in the agenda, but I’ll be seeing newer places 🙂

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  3. Natt

    Lovely pictures! I’m going to Venice next month and still searching for accommodation. Do you mind give me some suggestion of hotels?

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  4. Gene Moretti

    Beautiful photos and 8 great tips! After dark is also a wonderful time in Venice. The daytrippers have gone, and most passengers have returned to their cruise ships for dinner. St. Mark’s Plaza is almost empty, especially after 9:00PM when the locals are home eating dinner. A vaporetto trip up the Grand Canal after dark is also a must, because the facades of the palaces are lit up. Be sure to button up, and try for a seat outside in the bow of the boat. It’s not cheap, but if you can afford it get a table in St Mark’s Plaza. As the evening grows dark and the lights come on, the plaza is so romantic. If you take a table with an orchestra, be aware that even if you order something or not, there will be a charge for the music, but you can sit there for hours if you wish and soak it in. I’ve been fortunate enough to have done all of these at least twice.

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  5. Andy Whurr

    If you want to be able to get around comfortably, get there after 4:30pm when most of the ‘Day Tripper’ tourists and the visitors from the Cruise Ships will have gone, leaving the place much quieter – not deserted – but so much more pleasant. Plus, if you take in a meal next to the Grand Canal (it’s not as expensive as you might think) but well worth it. You will be dining in a magical place as dusk arrives; watching the Gondolas gently passing by, whilst you relax in a dreamy atmosphere. As darkness approaches, it becomes even more mysterious and beautiful as lights are slowly turned on and gradually become enveloped in a feeling like never before. The Gondolas still pass by, but now, some have a Serenading Gondolier aboard, as romantic couples sway with the movement of the Venetian waters, gradually falling in love with the place and the wonderful Voices gently flowing through the air. If you really want to experience Venice when it is almost deserted, try in early March, early in the morning, you may see a Venetian Misty Morning,… like nowhere else (but then, I could say this about many other places).

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  6. Jackie

    Hello,

    I am visiting Venice in April (arriving Thurs, departing Sunday). Can you send me a few more details on how you did the Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and the free museum in one day? Should I book tickets in advance for 3 adults? Are there skip-the-line options that you used? Thank you!!

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