24 hours in Venice
Step back in time in Venice, one of the world's most romantic cities, with its charming narrow streets, picturesque canals and rich history. Discovering the 'floating city' by foot is by far the most rewarding way to see it even if you only have a day.
1. Soak up the atmosphere in St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
This is a tourist mecca but there is no doubt that you'll be impressed by this amazing piazza. From here you can see the beautiful St Mark's Basilica (see more below), the Doge's Palace and the Torre dell'Orologio, the clock tower, which you should climb for magnificent views of the city. If you want to avoid the crowds, which can be tough to do, come at sunrise or later in the evening.
2. Visit St. Mark’s Basilica
The basilica is a sight to behold, being an excellent example of Italo-Byzantine architecture and is equally as dazzling inside with its many mosaics. The church was originally built as an ornate symbol of wealth and power. There is no fee to see the main part of the building and you can book a time slot online to avoid the queues.
3. Take a trip on a gondola
Now we don't want to be too stereotypical here but travelling in a Venetian gondola, down one of the many beautiful canals, has to be one of the most romantic things to do in the world - so if you have the chance enjoy it. Be prepared to save for it though as a gondola ride can be quite pricey.
Another way to experience Venice by water is to take a vaporetto (a large passenger boat) and ride down the famous Grand Canal, the beating heart of Venice.
4. Take a browse around the Rialto Market
If you’re a foodie or passionate about seeing local cuisine, have a browse around Rialto Market and see how the Venetians buy their food. If you’re a fan of seafood – this is the place for you.
Talking of delicious things to eat in Venice, make sure you sample some of the best ice-cream in Italy at the Boutique del Gelato. Yum!
5. Visit the Teatro la Fenice
Are you a fan of the opera? Then don’t go to Venice without booking a show at one of Italy’s oldest and most exquisite opera houses. Grab a cocktail after seeing a performance and enjoy the surroundings. You can also take a tour if you are interested in the history of the theatre.
6. Stay in a family run hotel
Not keen on staying a fancy five-star hotel? Try out a family run palazzo hotel where they focus on giving you a homely, comfortable experience. After a long day of adventuring, sleep somewhere where it feels like home.