There aren’t many destinations in the world like Venice – no busy roads, classic buildings and an Italian atmosphere like no other. We’ve picked out the five must-do activities for you to do on your next trip here – and with good planning, you should be able to do them all!

A Gondola Ride

We couldn’t start with anything else than with this quintessential Venice experience – the traditional gondola ride. Probably the most economical way to tour the city, you’ll appreciate a very different Venice than the one in St Marks Square – and you most certainly won’t be standing on any pigeons. Lined by sumptuous Venetian palaces and punctuated by delicate bridges, a passage through these enchanting waterways is like a journey back in time to the glorious days of the Venetian Republic. A must-do!

St Mark’s Square

Most ships will give you transport direct from the ship to the heart of Venice, straight to the one and only St Mark’s Square. Once there, time’s your own to see the famous sights of this fabulous, floating city. Tick off a list of attractions like Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs or the iconic Rialto Bridge. Or simply explore the narrow streets, enjoy a little shopping and watch the world pass by from a pavement café in St Mark’s Square.

The Golden Basilica

Pay a visit to one of the world’s most famous cathedrals – explore the Golden Basilica with an expert guide and take in all of its beauty on a guided adventure. It’s a sight to behold – everything from the marble floor inlays to the gorgeous gold mosaics will make your jaw drop in awe. Fascinate at the biblical scenes depicted before you, with one of the major highlights being the Pala d’Oro (The Golden Pall). This famous work is a gold panel lined by beautiful gems and dates back to the 11th century. You’ll come away feeling truly inspired!

Murano and Burano Islands

Travel along the Giudecca Canal to Murano, famous for its glass manufacture since 1291. The island became a sanctuary for glassmakers after furnaces were banned from Venice as a precaution against fire. Watch masters at work during a visit to a leading factory then carry on to Burano, a tiny island dotted with brightly-painted houses. This one’s famous for its traditional lace-making, an art still practised by the local women.


Standing 100 metres high, the Campanile is the cities tallest building and offers stunning birds-eye views of Venice. Over one hundred years ago the tower collapsed and was rebuilt exactly ‘as it was, where it was’, as the town council of the day promised. Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III rode a horse to the top of the original in 1451 – but these days visitors take the lift! The view is superb, taking in the Lido, the whole lagoon and on a clear day you can even see the Dolomites in the distance.

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