What to see in Venice in 3 days

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Joel Fulleda

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With its beauty and uniqueness, Venice is a city that is envied by the whole world.
Rich in history and culture, it periodically hosts events known all over the world, such as the Venice Film Festival, the famous Venice Carnival or the Architecture Biennale, not to mention all the shows that take place at the Fenice Theater.
You will not be disappointed in this city! Therefore, let's find out together that what to see in Venice in 3 days.


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  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Venice cost?
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Piazza San Marco, Basilica and Campanile

Ready to start with Piazza San Marco, the real heart of the city. Surrounded by beautiful buildings, it will amaze you with its beauty. Near the Piazza dei Leoncini you can see the Clock tower, built between 1469 and 1499. The blue clock you will see is in gold and blue enamel and marks the time, day, moon phase and zodiac. The square takes its name from the basilica that occupies an entire side, the St. Mark's Basilica (free). Built around 828 to preserve the relics of San Marco (according to tradition, stolen by two Venetian merchants in Alexandria in Egypt).
To save time and money, it is recommended to purchase the skip-the-line skip-the-line tour online.

A visit to St Mark's Campanile it is a must that with its 98,6 meters high, is one of the Venetian symbols called by the Venetians "el paròn de casa", or the owner of the house (10: 00-18: 30, skip-the-line ticket € 10,00, reduced € 5,00).

2 - Afternoon: Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs

For lunch, head back to the Piazza dei Leoncini at the Leoncini Trattoria Pizzeria restaurant, which is reasonably priced.

Once refreshed, dedicate yourself to visiting the Doge's Palace, a masterpiece of gothic art, held the role of residence of the Doge and seat of the government of the Serenissima (generally 10: 00-18: 00, € 20,00 reduced € 14,00). In 1923 the state entrusted it to the Municipality of Venice, which opened it to the public as a museum, and in 1996 it became part of the system of the Civic Museums of Venice. The museum is divided into several areas: you will find the Opera Museum, the courtyard and the Loggias, the rooms of the Ducal Apartment, the Armory and the Prisons. It is preferable to buy the Doge's Palace + Basilica cumulative ticket with priority access, alternatively the Venice City Pass which also includes transport.
Once the visit is over, stroll along the promenade and pass the famous Bridge of Sighs.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Piazza San Marco

There are so many places to dine, from the cheapest to the most expensive ones. We recommend the Trattoria alla Rivetta, just 5 minutes walk from the Bridge of Sighs. This trattoria offers typical Venetian cuisine and many fish dishes. With an average cost of € 25,00 per person you will be fully satisfied.

From here, in just 4 minutes you will be back in the beautiful St. Mark's Square, this time wrapped in its evening charm. Grab an ice cream in one of the many ice cream shops and enjoy the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,0 km / 13 min
  • Places visited: Piazza San Marco (free), Basilica di San Marco (free), St Mark's Campanile (€ 10,00), Palazzo Ducale (€ 20,00), Bridge of Sighs (free)
  • Doge's Palace priority entrance Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: priority tour
  • Lunch at Leoncini Trattoria Pizzeria (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria alla Rivetta (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Jewish Ghetto, Rialto Market, Rialto Bridge

Dedicate the morning of the second day to the Jewish Ghetto. We advise you to do it with a guide through a tour of Cannaregio and the Jewish quarter, to discover the history, curiosities and iconic places. You must know that the term ghetto was born right here in Venice to indicate the "other" districts, the different ones, far from the center, both from an architectural, cultural and religious point of view. The Jewish ghetto of Venice, which is located in the Cannareggio district, has three different synagogues and, referring to the architecture, is different from the rest of the city. In fact, the particular houses that you will find here have been designed to accommodate many families.

After the visit, go to the famous Rialto market, large covered market on the canal with fish, seafood and vegetable kiosks (Tue-Sat 7: 30-12: 00). To fully immerse yourself in the gastronomic and cultural tradition of the city, we recommend a food and wine tour at the market with 6 tastings of specialties. You will find within walking distance the famous Rialto Bridge, the oldest of the four built on the Grand Canal, "canalazzo" for the Venetians, which crosses Venice for 4 kilometers, taking an S.

2 - Afternoon: Ponte dell'Accademia, Galleria dell'Accademia

From the Rialto Bridge, take the ferry line 1 to get to the Accademia Bridge (from the S. Silvestro stop to the Accademia stop, 10 min) and once you get off, stop for lunch at the Taverna San Trovaso. This restaurant offers a wide selection of Venetian cuisine and pizzas (average price per person € 20,00 / 25,00).

Recharge your energies, then admire the Accademia Bridge, the southernmost of the 4 bridges that cross the Grand Canal. From the name it is easy to understand where this bridge leads, at Accademia Galleries (8: 15-19: 15, closed on Mondays, € 12,00). This vast complex, which also includes the Church of Santa Maria della Carità, the convent of the Lateran Canons and the Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Carità. It contains works ranging from the 300s to the Renaissance by authors such as Tiepolo, Tiziano, Tintoretto and Longhi. Here you will find the largest collection of Venetian painting in the world. Furthermore, it contains one of the most important works of Leonardi da Vinci: "The Vitruvian Man".

3 - Evening: Dinner, Campo Santo Stefano, Night gondola ride

Reaching Campo Santo Stefano, you will find many places where you can dine. We recommend the San Stefano Restaurant, with tables outside on the square, perfect if you have a nice day. In this restaurant you will find both meat and fish dishes and an excellent wine list. As an average cost, you will spend a little more than the other recommended places, around € 30,00 per person.

For the evening, however, we recommend a romantic ride aboard a traditional gondola to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Venice and the Canals once the sun goes down.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,5 km / 46 min
  • Places visited: Jewish Ghetto (free), Rialto Market (free), Rialto Bridge (free), Accademia Bridge (free), Accademia Galleries (€ 12,00), Campo Santo Stefano (free), gondola ride (from € 180,00 for 6 pers.)
  • food and wine tour, Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio ride aboard a traditional gondola
  • Lunch at Taverna San Trovaso (Get directions), Dinner at San Stefano Restaurant (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Start this last day from Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute (Mon-Sat 9: 30-12: 00 and 15: 00-17: 30, Sun 15: 00-17: 30, full € 4,00, reduced € 2,00). The Basilica was commissioned by the Serenissima as thanks to the Virgin Mother of God for having saved the city from the terrible plague of the seventeenth century. The works began in 1631 and it was consecrated in 1687.
Then reach one of the most famous museums in Venice, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (10: 00-18: 00, € 15,00, priority ticket is recommended to avoid queues). The museum is located in the fascinating Palazzo Venier dei Loeni, begun in 1748 on a project by the architect Lorenzo Boschetti but never completed. The museum displays the personal collection of Peggy Guggenheim and includes works from any artistic period. Among the many masterpieces there are those of the likes of Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, De Chirico, Kandinsky, Magritte, Pollock and many others.

2 - Afternoon: Basilica dei Frafi, Campo di San Polo

Once the visit is over, stroll through the streets (1,4 km, 17 min) until you reach the Campo si San Polo area, where you can stop for lunch at the Muro dei Frari, a typical Italian restaurant in a modern location and with large windows. Average cost per person € 25,00.

Just 60 m away is the Basilica of the Frari 9: 00-18: 00, full admission € 3,00, reduced € 1,50), a wonderful and imposing basilica of 1330, in Gothic style but of the Franciscan type, as it maintains simple and clean lines, avoiding for example gorgeous spiers. Inside you can admire important works of art, including two works by Titian and his tomb.

Then head to Campo San Polo, the second largest Campo in Venice (the first is San Marco). Initially intended for cultivation and pastures, it was completely paved in 1493. Here, moreover, Lorenzino de 'Medici was stabbed and murdered by two people hired by Cosimo de' Medici. Here there are many ancient and beautiful buildings: Palazzo Tiepolo, Palazzo Soranzo, Palazzo Donà.

3 - Evening: Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Dinner, San Marco

After Campo San Polo, reach the Contarini del Bovolo staircase and climb to the peaks to enjoy a wonderful view of all of Venice from above! Maybe you will also be able to enjoy a wonderful sunset, the best way to say goodbye to this beautiful city (every day 10: 00-13: 30 and 14: 00-18: 00, € 7,00, online admission recommended )

For the last evening enjoy a good dinner at the Ostaria in La Campana, located in the calle dei Fabbri, just 350 m from the Scala Contarini. This small place, with wooden and retro furnishings, specializes in fish cooked according to Venetian cuisine. You will spend on average € 20,00 per person.

The restaurant is located just 5 minutes from St. Mark's Square. As this will be your only evening, take the opportunity to once again see one of the most beautiful squares in the world and enjoy the city in the evening.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4 km / 50 min
  • Places visited: Peggy Guggenheim Collection (€ 12,00), Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute (€ 4,00), Basilica dei Frari (€ 3,00), Campo San Polo (free), Scala Contarini del Bovolo (€ 7,00 ), San Marco (free)
  • ticket for the Peggy Guggenheim collection entrance to Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo
  • Lunch at Muro Frari (Get directions), Dinner at Ostaria in La Campana (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Venice cost?

Due to the large flow of tourists, it is one really very expensive city. There are many bars and restaurants with really high prices, we advise you to always check the menus displayed outside the premises. So, if you are organizing 3 days in Venice, be careful how to manage your budget:

  • Costs to eat: about € 55,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 100,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 10,00 per person per day
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 60,00 per room per night -
  • Fun: from € 20,00 per person per day (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Venice: from € 475,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Venice: spring and autumn for the climate, temperatures between 10 ° and 20 °. February for the famous Venice Carnival. In summer, temperatures sometimes unbearable due to high humidity - find out more
  • Marco Polo airport, 15 km from the city. Accessible by private water taxi (€ 150,00), Alilaguna waterbuses (60-90 min, € 15,00), ATVO Express Bus line (€ 6,00), ACTV urban bus, lines 4-15-45 ( € 8,00). Flights starting from € 47,00 -
  • the center is comfortable but expensive. Cheaper but still central solutions are between the Santa Lucia station and the Rialto bridge, in the Sestiere di San Paolo and surroundings. Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Getting around: on foot. To cover long distances, water bus (from € 7,50), ferry (€ 2,00), water taxi (from € 15,00 + € 2,00 for each minute). By gondola (30 min € 80,00) - find out more

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