If you want to know what the real top sights in Venice are so that you don’t miss anything – especially if you only have a short time to spend in the city – here are some tips.
Things To See & Do
- Visit St. Mark’s Basilica
Beautiful outside, with its big onion domes and multi-coloured marble pillars, the interior is floor-to-ceiling mosaics. There’s no fee to tour the main part of the basilica, and even booking an entry time on-line (so you don’t have to wait in the sometimes-long line out front) is free.
- See St. Mark’s Square When it’s Empty
The best times to catch St. Mark’s Square are early morning and late evening, before the day-trippers arrive or after they’ve left. Venice isn’t a night-life town, so it doesn’t take long after the restaurants close for the square to be emptied of much of the crowd.
- Take the Vaporetto for a Grand Canal Tour
The easiest and most pleasant way to get around Venice is on foot, but the Grand Canal only has a few bridge crossings and taking a ride on Venice’s water-buses is a fun transport method.
- Tour the Doge’s Palace
The Doge’s Palace is arguably the second most important “attraction” in Venice after the Basilica. While there are several good reasons to pay the hefty admission fee to tour the Doge’s Palace, probably the most popular stop on the tour is when you get to walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs. You can see the bridge from the outside without buying an entry ticket, but the only way to walk on the bridge yourself is as part of a Doge’s Palace tour.