Venice is one of the most beautiful and historic places in the world. It is made up of over one hundred small islands connected by bridges and canals which is part of the unique charm that sets this picturesque seaport city apart from others in Europe.  When visiting Venice, here are ten experiences to place at the top of the list:


Murano is made up of several islands in Venice. This little sliver of heaven is less often traveled by tourists, thus creating a less busy and hectic area to view the beauty. Murano is also famous for its live glass blowing demonstrations.

Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta

The Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta was built in 1729, making it one of the newer churches in Venice. Even though it is not as historic as other chapels in the area, it does not change its importance and beauty. This building contains artwork, and frescos just to name a few.

Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is one of the many bridges in Venice, however it is the oldest of the four which cross the Grand Canal. Located in the heart of the city, it is renowned as one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the Renaissance period.

Gondola Ride

Throughout the city there are numerous places to travel the canals through a gondola.  This quiet boat ride, is a great way to explore the beauty of the city as well as get around through the various inner canals.   While day travel is certainly memorable, the city at night is truly exquisite.

San Giorgio Maggiore

Located a bit out of the way from the normal Venice attractions, the San Giorgio Maggiore is well worth the journey across the lagoon.  In the San Giorgio Maggiore you will find sights that are almost unbeatable anywhere else. Here you can scale the campanile, view the ancient churches, and see the docks. In fact, the best photos of the full city of Venice including all the islands, the lagoon and canals, are typically photographed from the bell tower.

San Marco Campanile

The San Marco Campanile is one of the tallest structures in Venice, reaching an astonishing 98.6 meters in height. To see a panoramic view of the gorgeous city, simply take the elevator to the top of the building and soak in the beauty of Venice.

Ride a Vaporetto

The Vaporetto, or waterbus, is the main form of mass transportation in Venice. These ferries are ideal for a scenic water tour of the mansions and buildings which line the Grand Canal and lagoon.  You will also find an eclectic mix of locals and tourists from around the world onboard.

Doge’s Palace

Doge’s Palace is located in St. Martins Square but also overlooks the Grand Canal. This Gothic style building features ornate carvings, paintings, and architectures. The palace attracts tourists from across the globe with its rose-colored stonework and stunning beauty.

Venice Lido

If you are looking to enjoy some quality relaxation time along the water in Venice, the beach at Venice Lido is most certainly the place for you. This sandbar island is the barrier between the city and the Adriatic Sea. Known as simply ‘the Lido’ by locals, you’ll find it a comfortable resort-like feel with ice cream shops, small retailers, biking and hiking paths, and beautiful scenes outside of the historic city.  If you happen to be at the Lido di Venezia during the month of September, you may find yourself enjoying the film festival that occurs there each year.

Gallerie dell’Accademia

Gallerie dell’Accademia is a gorgeous museum housing brilliant pieces of art created by artists throughout the centuries. This museum houses Vitruvian Man by Da Vinci, Resurrection by Tintoretto, and Virgin and the Child by Titian.

Venice, Italy is, no doubt, one of most beautiful cities in the world.  You can explore the city via a gondola or waterbus, see many of the elegant and historic buildings as well as enjoy the beach.  No matter how you choose to experience this picturesque city, Venice is most certainly a place that will leave many lasting memories.

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Jim Bozzelli