What to see in Venice in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Venice is the pearl of Veneto and all of Italy! ⁠
Gondolas, bridges, markets, monuments, a dream square, every corner of this city is a discovery! Rich in art, it is wrapped in a bohemian, elegant atmosphere that is breathed in the narrow streets that characterize it. One day in Venice will make you fall in love and will be an excellent visit card to return to plan a second trip to the lagoon city!
Here's what to see in Venice in one day!


  1. One day itinerary in Venice: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Venice: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Venice: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Venice: Morning

1 - Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale

From piazzale Roma in about 35 min with the Actv vaporetto, line 1 (€ 7,50 valid for 75 min) you will arrive in the magnificent St. Mark's Square, first and unmissable stop! On the square there are historical monuments, such as the Clock Tower, the Campanile of San Marco and the beautiful Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Dedicate a complete visit (minimum of 2 hours) to the Doge's Palace (8: 00-18: 00, € 25,00) the lines can be quite long, therefore it is highly recommended to purchase a priority entrance. Inside there are 7 thematic areas: the Opera Museum, the courtyard, the loggias, the Doge's apartment, the institutional rooms, the prisons and finally the Armory.

2 - Basilica of San Marco

Once the visit is over, enjoy the wonderful square dominated by St. Mark's Basilica (basilica 10: 00-18: 00, free), a piece of the east in western Italy, a church inspired by that of the Twelve Apostles of Constantinople. It is the only church in the world built from materials collected during wars and crusades. The interior is decorated with more than 8.000 square meters of mosaicsthe body of San Marco is also preserved in the center of the presbytery, near the main altar.
To save time and money, it is recommended to purchase the combined visit with priority entrance to the Doge's Palace and the Basilica.
You can stop for lunch at the Hard Rock Cafè, the restaurant of the famous chain that has a place in almost all the most important cities in the world (€ 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 36 min
  • Places visited: Piazza San Marco (free), Palazzo Ducale (€ 25,00), Basilica di San Marco (free)
  • Priority entrance to the Doge's Palace Skip-the-line tour of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Historical walking tour and Doge's Palace
  • Where to have lunch: Hard Rock Cafe - Get directions

One day itinerary in Venice: Afternoon

1 - Royal Gardens, Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge

Un finished lunch, walk (for 13 min, about 1 km) towards i Royal Gardens of Venice, to relax a bit and enjoy the green lung of the city. Immediately after, go on foot to the beautiful Bridge of Sighs which connects the Doge's Palace to Prigioni Nove. Considered to be a very romantic place where lovers take photographs in sloppy poses.
Continue for 700 meters until you get to Rialto where there is one of the most famous bridges in the city, the fourth that crosses the Grand Canal. Here a panoramic photo is a must! In addition to hosting the bridge, this area of ​​Venice represents a large shopping center: the fish market is held here in the morning.

2 - Grand Canal

At this point, head for 11 minutes on foot to the Grand Canal, and don't miss the unique experience of a gondola tour complete with music and a singer.
Alternatively the cheapest solution is a tour on the vaporetto. Line 2 navigates the Grand Canal to Piazza San Marco and then concludes the tour through the Giudecca Canal and the Tronchetto. For € 7,50 you can sit in one of the stern or bow seats until (after 60 minutes) you are back at the starting point, or get off at any of the stops along the way.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,9 km / 23 min
  • Places visited: Royal Gardens (free), Bridge of Sighs and Rialto (free), tour on the Grand Canal (€ 7,50 by vaporetto; from € 50 by gondola)
  • Private gondola tour. Afternoon city tour. One hour boat tour

One day itinerary in Venice: Evening

1 - Bacari and cicchetti

When the sun goes down we advise you to go to bacari, typical places where you can discover the typical flavors of Venetian food and wine in a rustic and convivial environment at a good price.
The locals usually go around the center between cicchetti and Bacari. Cicchetti are the Venetian equivalent of Spanish Tapas, or snacks that accompany alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The areas richest in clubs are those of San Polo and Cannaregio.

2 - Dinner and romantic walk

A nice touch of romance cannot be missing. For this we recommend a dinner at the Da Fiore restaurant in San Polo. One of the restaurants with a romantic atmosphere that will make your dinner unique! If you have time, enjoy the beautiful illuminated Venice and head (in 15 min) to Piazza San Marco to admire the fantastic night view!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 21 min
  • Places visited: Tour between bacari (€ 40,00)
  • Evening tour: aperitif and legends
  • Where to dine: Ristorante da Fiore - Get directions

Before leaving: useful tips

One of the peculiarities of Venice is to be built on water, therefore there are no roads, no traffic and no cars. The ways to get around are the canals that cross it, but also the calli, small streets that can be traveled on foot connected by 435 bridges.

  • it is preferable to reach Venice by train or plane, as it is not possible to use the car in the city - Get directions
  • means of transport: even if you have already studied an itinerary, have a map that can help you move easily in the tangle of streets, bridges and canals. For more info take a look at how to get around Venice - info and costs
  • Attractions: if you intend to visit the buildings in Piazza San Marco it is advisable to book the skip-the-line access service and the cumulative ticket to avoid long queues
  • What to pack: being a city built on water, the climate is always humid. Choose your clothing carefully, checking the weather forecast, and wear comfortable shoes
  • Possibility of stay: if you decide to extend your stay, consult our offers for a stay in Venice

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

  1. Jewish ghetto: although it is a very suggestive area of ​​the city, it is quite far from the center. Reserve it for a second visit.
  2. Museums: there are numerous city museums but, in the course of a single day, it is impossible to visit them.
  3. Murano-Burano-Torcello: the most important islands to which at least an entire morning must be dedicated.

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