What to see in Venice and surroundings in 7 days

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Elegant, romantic and inimitable, Venice is a city that every year it attracts millions of visitors thanks to its particular atmosphere, the noble palaces, its bridges, churches and squares that characterize the different districts, here called "sestiere".

A week is the perfect time for those who want to enjoy this pearl in all its facets, also dedicating themselves to discovering less crowded corners and the other islands of the lagoon. Here is an itinerary for you on what to see in Venice and surroundings in 7 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Venice
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

You can only start with a walk in the heart of the city, in what is one of the most famous squares in Italy: St. Mark's Square.
Here you can admire numerous palaces, the Clock Tower and the Basilica with the high bell tower. We suggest you book priority access with a guided tour so as not to waste time and to be able to visit the immense cathedral in detail (10: 00-18: 00). Climb the bell tower, 98,6 meters high, called by the Venetians "El Paròn de casa" (10: 00-18: 30, skip-the-line ticket € 10,00, reduced € 5,00).

For lunch, move slightly away from the square if you don't want to spend too much and go to the Pedavena Brewery, a place where you can eat something quick and drink excellent beer (average cost € 20,00).
Walks along Riva degli Schiavoni and admire the Bridge of Sighs which connects Palazzo delle Prigioni to Palazzo Ducale.
At this point you cannot miss the visit of the Doge's Palace, symbol of the Venetian city and a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic, fascinating both externally and internally (April-October 8: 30-21: 00 / November-March 8: 30-19: 00, € 25,00 with the priority ticket, alternatively to avoid the long queues you can opt for a ticket cumulative of the two attractions).
For the evening we suggest you have dinner at the Ai Coristi Restaurant, a very welcoming place in an alley away from the chaos that offers both fish and meat dishes (average cost per person € 25,00). For after dinner, stroll around the wonderful city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,5 km / 19 min
  • Places visited: Piazza San Marco (free), Basilica di San Marco (free), Campanile San Marco (€ 10,00), Palazzo Ducale (€ 25,00 also includes the museums of Piazza San Marco), Bridge of sighs (free )
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Guided walk in the heart of the city Doge's Palace: priority ticket Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: priority tour
  • Lunch at Pedavena Brewery (Get directions), Dinner at Ai Coristi Restaurant (Get directions)

2 day

It starts from the Dorsoduro district, visiting the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute (9: 30-12: 00/15: 00-17: 30, free; Sacristy Maggiore € 4,00, absolutely recommended), built to thank the Virgin for saving Venice from the plague of the th century.
From here in 3 minutes on foot you reach the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (10: 00-18: 00, € 18,00 - book skip-the-line ticket online), inside the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, where works by Picasso are exhibited , De Chirico, Magritte, Pollock and many others.

Lunch at La Rivista Wine & Cheese Bar, perfect for a break (average cost € 20,00).
In the early afternoon visit the Accademia Gallery (Tue-Sun 8: 15-19: 15, Monday until 14:00, € 12,00), a large complex where you can admire works by Tiepolo, Titian, Tintoretto and the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci.

Cross the Accademia Bridge, once made of wood, and reach Campo Santo Stefano, surrounded by important buildings and many clubs, where you can embark on a typical gastronomic tour of the Bacari.
Dinner always in the area at the Osteria al Bacareto (average cost per person € 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,2 km / 15 min
  • Places visited: Basilica Santa Maria della Salute (€ 4,00), Peggy Guggenheim Collection (€ 18,00), Accademia Gallery (€ 12,00), Ponte dell'Accademia (free), Campo Santo Stefano (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • ticket for the Peggy Guggenheim collection Bacari food tour
  • Lunch at La Rivista Wine & Cheese Bar (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria al Bacareto (Get directions)

3 day

Devote part of the morning to visit of the Jewish Ghetto, rely on a guided tour to discover all the curiosities about the neighborhood. Don't miss the visit to the Jewish Museum (10: 00-17: 30, € 12,00) to learn about the history of Venetian Jews through shows and exhibitions.
Continue with a tour of San Polo and Rialto: you will discover the Basilica of the Frari which contains some very important works such as those of Titian (7: 30-19: 00, € 3,00), the Campo San Polo e Rialto with one of the most beautiful bridges on the Grand Canal.

Lunch at Trattoria da Ignazio, a rustic tavern (average cost per person € 20,00).

In the afternoon, set off towards the Grand Canal and treat yourself to a boat trip (line 1, € 7,50) or a boat tour with audio guide along the 4 km of the Canal that at this time of day, when the sunlight is dimmer , will allow you to admire a spectacular sunset from the water.
If you are in sweet company, we suggest a very romantic gondola tour on the Grand Canal with music and singer.

Get off at the Giglio stop, not far from San Marco, and from here on foot again, walking through the streets, you will reach the Ristorante al Conte Pescaor, a restaurant with retro details with a rich cellar and Venetian menu (average cost € 30,00). If you are feeling lucky and want to bet your roulette number then hit the famous one Casino of Venice which you can reach in 15 minutes on foot via Strada Nova, or by vaporetto from Rialto in 10 minutes.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,3 km / 1 h 20 min
  • Places visited: Jewish Ghetto (free), Jewish Museum (€ 12,00) Basilica dei Frari (€ 3,00), Campo San Polo (free), Rialto Bridge (free), Grand Canal (vaporetto € 7,50)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • private tour of Cannaregio and the Jewish quarter gondola tour on the Grand Canal with music and singer Grand Canal in gondola with explanations
  • Lunch at Trattoria da Ignazio (Get directions), Dinner at Conte Pescaor restaurant (Get directions)

4 day

Reach by vaporetto (line 2, € 7,50) theisland of San Giorgio, a magical and silent place away from the tourist influx.
Head to the Renaissance basilica with an imposing altar inside and two important works by Tintoretto (usually 9: 00-18: 00, free). Do not miss the climb to the bell tower (€ 6,00), from the small cell you can admire a breathtaking view.
Then visit theformer Benedictine convent, now home to the Cini Foundation (summer 10: 00-19: 00, winter 10: 00-16: 00), which offers different itineraries (from € 14,00) to be booked online in advance.

With the vaporetto line 2 you arrive at Giudecca, another island in the lagoon with a relaxed atmosphere, and get off at the "Zitelle" stop. Stop for a pizza at Dolcemente Salato (average cost € 10,00).
First thing, visit the Church and the Convent of the Zitelle (10: 00-18: 00, € 7,00), with works by Jacopo Palma il Giovane inside.
Walking along Fondamenta Croce you arrive at Church of the Santissimo Redentore, the most important building on the island (10: 00-16: 45, € 3,00), built on a project by Andrea Palladio with inside paintings by Tintoretto, Veronese, Vivarini and Brustolon.
Then, peeking here and there the various artistic workshops and crossing the Lavraneri bridge, you arrive at the western end of the Giudecca, in the residential district "Sacca Fisola".

Get back on the vaporetto and spend the evening in the Dorsoduro area. We suggest you have dinner at the Osteria ai 4 Feri, a welcoming place with a menu based on fresh local fish cooked in a simple but tasty way (average cost per person € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,8 km / 1 h 9 min (the journey includes sections by ferry)
  • Places visited: Basilica of San Giorgio (free + bell tower € 6,00), Cini Foundation (from € 14,00), Convent of the Zitelle (€ 7,00), Church of the Redentore (€ 3,00), Sacca Fisola (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Lunch at Dolcemente Salato (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria ai 4 Feri (Get directions)

5 day

Dedicate this day to the Castello district, which can be reached by vaporetto 4.1 from Piazzale Roma to the "S. Elena" stop.
Visit now i Gardens of the Biennale (Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00) and then theArsenale, the ancient naval complex of construction sites and workshops that during the Biennale is transformed into an immense exhibition center. End the morning at Naval History Museum (9: 00-17: 30, € 10,00), the most important of its kind in Italy.

For lunch, passing through Sotoportego dei Preti, stop at the Trattoria da Remigio (average cost € 30,00).
In the afternoon visit the Acqua Alta bookshop, a timeless place born in 2004 to counter the advent of technology. Get lost among the thousands of books stacked on "book-saving" gondolas designed for periods of high water. Reach the Basilica of Saints John and Paul, where the tombs of the Doges are located (9: 30-13: 00/13: 30-17: 00). Nearby is also the Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli with the imposing decorated barrel vault, a single nave and the raised and finely decorated presbytery.

For dinner we recommend a place near the Casa del Tintoretto: the Osteria l'Orto dei Mori. The place offers Mediterranean and Venetian dishes in a rustic place where exhibitions are also set up (average cost € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,6 km / 45 min
  • Places visited: Giardini della Biennale (free), Arsenale (free), Naval Museum (€ 10,00), Acqua Alta Library (free), Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo (€ 3,50), Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli (€ 3,00, )
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Private walking tour of the Castello District
  • Lunch at Trattoria da Remigio (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria l'Orto dei Mori (Get directions)

6 day

Dedicate this sixth day to some of the most important islands in the lagoon and leave for a boat tour of Murano, Torcello and Burano.
After about 30 minutes of navigation, you will land on the island of glass and make your first stop a visit to the Glass Museum to learn about the history and admire precious pieces (11: 00-17: 00, free - visit the site recommended).
Then take a quick stop at Duomo and Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Finally reach Campo Santo Stefano, with the civic tower and walking through the streets do not forget to enter a glass factory.

For lunch, buy a sandwich, a sandwich or a stuffed focaccia at the Bar al Faro to eat comfortably seated on the vaporetto that will take you to Torcello (average cost € 5,00).
In the afternoon in about 1 hour and 30 minutes visit the small island of Torcello, where walking you can see the Devil's Bridge and the Churches of Santa Maria and Santa Fosca with beautiful mosaics.
Then take the vaporetto again which will take you to in 10 minutes Burano, also known as the island of lace.
Characterized by colorful houses and suggestive corners, it will leave you breathless. Head straight to Fondamenta Cao di Rio, one of the most picturesque canals that ends with a small terrace overlooking Torcello. Then move to Fondamenta Terranova where you will find fishing boats, nets and fishermen returning from their activity.
Finally along the bridge of love, Love Viewing Bridge, and the wooden bridge, e conclude your visit to Mazzorbo, where in addition to a starred restaurant you can enjoy a beautiful skyline of Burano.

To end the afternoon, enjoy the sunset from the vaporetto that will take you back to St. Mark's Square in less than 1 hour. We suggest you spend the evening at the Hard Rock Cafè, in an extraordinary location with Venetian-style details where you can eat and listen to some music (average cost per person € 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 21,4 km / 2 h 42 min (the journey includes sections by ferry)
  • Places visited: Glass Museum (free), Torcello (free), Burano (free), Mazzorbo (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Murano, Torcello and Burano: boat tour Murano and Burano islands: half day tour from Venice
  • Lunch at Bar al Faro (Get directions), Dinner at Hard Rock Cafè (Get directions)

7 day

Last day we recommend one bike ride on the island of Sant'Erasmo. This place, 1 hour from the historic center (vaporetto line 13 from "Fondamenta Nuove" to "Capannone"), is rich in history and secrets and is one of the lesser known islands in the lagoon.

Once you arrive, rent the bikes at the B&B Lato Azzurro (€ 5,00 for two hours) e pedal to discover this place rich in gardens, vineyards and orchards, so much so that it is called the Garden of Venice. Stop at Sapori di Sant'Erasmo, the family business that takes care of the protection of the violet artichoke, and then look for suitable spots for birdwatching.

Stop for lunch at Al Bacan, near the beach, a place where you can taste a perfect fried fish (average cost per person € 20,00).
In the afternoon, take vaporetto 13 and get off at the stop at the request of theisland of the Lazzaretto Nuovo. Take a walk of about 1 km around the walls that will allow you to have a 360 ° view of the lagoon.
After about 1 hour and a half, take the boat back to Venice (line 13 to F.te Nove C and then line 4.1 from here to Ferrovia C). End the afternoon in Campo Santa Margherita, where the locals are called based on the color and where you can stop at the bacaro "Bacon di Vino" with a rich display of "ciccheti", meatballs and croutons.

For dinner, stay in the area where you will be spoiled for choice; we recommend the Osteria do Torri, the place suitable for all gourmets who love Venetian cuisine (average cost per person € 25,00).
And finally, take a nice night walk through the streets to greet your stay in Venice.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 10,9 km / 1 h 44 min (the journey includes sections by ferry)
  • Places visited: Sant'Erasmo Island (free, bike rental € 5,00 for 2 hours), Lazzaretto Nuovo Island (free), Campo Santa Margherita (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • pass for vaporetto and land bus
  • Lunch at Al Bacan (Get directions), Dinner at Osteria do Torri (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Venice

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Venice, renowned all over the world, is a rather expensive city. For those who want to save a little, the ideal is to rent an apartment, rather than stay in a hotel, which allows both to spend less and to cook at home. Restaurants are very expensive, especially those in the most touristic areas and we suggest you always read the prices on the menu displayed outside the premises before entering.
As for transport and museum entrances, the ideal is to buy the Venice pass (for museums and the Doge's Palace) or the Venice City Pass (attractions + transport).

  • starting from € 65,00-
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Venice pass Venice City Pass
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 895,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Venice: the city is fascinating in every season: spring and autumn are climatically the best times, but if you love carnival February is the right month - find out more
  • the airport is 15 km from the city. It can be reached by water taxi (30 minutes, about € 32,00), Alilaguna water buses (60 - 90 minutes, € 15,00); taxi (€ 30,00 / 40,00), bus to Piazzale Roma, Express Bus (€ 8,00) and ACTV city bus, lines 4-15-45 (€ 8,00)
  • the best place is the center, but the prices are very high. There are excellent solutions between the Santa Lucia station and the Rialto bridge, in the Sestiere di San Paolo and its surroundings, connected to the Sestiere San Marco by the Rialto bridge. A low cost solution can also be the nearby Mestre.
  • Getting around: on foot, or for long distances by vaporetto (single ride € 7,50 - 24-hour passes € 20,00 - 48 hours € 30,00 - 72 hours € 40,00). Alternatively the ferry, also called "collective taxi in gondola" (single ride € 2,00) and water taxis (from € 15,00 + € 2,00 for each minute). Transport pass from € 11,00 - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: Venezia City Pass is a card that allows access to transport, museums, attractions (price from € 51,00)

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