Venice City Tour
Book Venice city tour, Venice is the city of love, canals, Carnival and much more, will it ever be possible to see it all without stress and without missing anything? Of course yes! Just follow our itinerary to find out what to see in Venice in two days. The tour of Venice that we propose starts from the Santa Lucia train station. It is the only strip connected to the mainland so regardless of how you arrive in Venice. However, the station will always remain the starting point for any visit to the city. The first day will be dedicated to visiting the characteristic Jewish Ghetto and the most classic attractions of Venice such as the Rialto Bridge and the Basilica of Piazza San Marco, while the second day you can admire the famous Bridge of Sighs and discover the wonderful islands of MURANO, BURANO and TORCELLO.
This is a perfect tour for first time visitors because with our expert tour guides you will get all information about all touristic places in Venice. It is a city where you can find many amazing culture and tradition but if you do this tour alone it is quite difficult to know about them. So we advise you to organize this tour with us so you will feel the destination with enough information. In conclusion, you can enjoy our services in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Umbria, Turin, Sicily, Florence, Naples, Bari and Sardinia as well.
Day 1 - Venice City Tour
Your itinerary will almost certainly start from Santa Lucia Station (if you have not yet decided which means of transport to use to get to Venice, take a look here: How to get to Venice).
To start in peace, our first stop will be the Jewish Ghetto. In the heart of the Cannaregio district, a few steps from S. Lucia you will find this city in the city with a mystical and ancient atmosphere, with 5 synagogues. The Venice ghetto is the oldest Jewish ghetto in Europe and also the best preserved. All around, the rest of the neighborhood is teeming with squares with small wells and fountains and very tall houses. Continuing towards the city centre, I recommend that you take way of Nova, an important pedestrian street in Venice, full of commerce, overlooked by several churches and palaces. This road will take you to Campo dei Sant’Apostoli and then to the famous Rialto Bridge.
The Rialto Bridge is very scenic, with its fashionable boutiques and the comings and goings of tourists and traders. Once you have admired the beautiful view from the top of the bridge, you must take a trip to the historic Rialto Market. The characteristic fish and fruit and vegetable market is the quintessential Venetian authenticity. An experience to be lived, full of colors, flavors, smells and screams from different traders. Before lunch there is just enough time for a gondola ride, to discover Venice from a perspective that will remain in your heart forever. Do you want more information on the costs of a gondola tour? No problem, scattered around the city, at the gondola docks, you will find signs with costs and duration. The prices established by the municipal tariff are:
Generally Gondola Ride price
100 € for the 30-minute day tour, up to 6 people, starting at 8
€ 120 for the 30-minute night tour, up to 6 people, starting at 7pm
Saint Mark Square
After lunch it’s time to head to the beating heart of Venice for several centuries: Piazza San Marco. Here the attractions and museums are numerous and varied, you will find them on all sides. Once you have exited the Basilica of San Marco (free admission!), I suggest you climb the Campanile di San Marco, probably the most spectacular and complete view of the city. If you appreciate museums, buy the single ticket for the Doge’s Palace and the Correr Museum. Before leaving the square, walk along the Palazzo Ducale building to get to the bridge of Paglia, from which you can take some photos and Selfie with the Bridge of Sighs. Before dinner, treat yourself to an aperitif with a glass of wine.
On the right side of the square you will find the Palazzo Ducale. This is also worth a visit because of the priceless works. Next to the Doge’s Palace, the Correr Museum is also very interesting because prominent seasonal exhibitions are set up here so I recommend you take advantage of it. By purchasing the entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace (the cost of the full ticket is 19 Euros) you will be entitled to enter all the other museums in Piazza San Marco.
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The Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs was built in 1602 to connect the Doge’s Palace to the New Prisons building. The name derives from the fact that this was the braidge crossed by the condemned awaiting trial. You can admire it from the bridge of Paglia, which is right in front, or you can choose to buy a tour of the secrets of the Doge’s Palace and go inside. Surely it is worth crossing it, but if you are satisfied with admiring it from afar you can immediately leave for the tour of the Venetian islands.
Day 2 - Venice city tour
MURANO – BURANO
To continue your immersion in Venetian history, culture and colors, I recommend that you spend the morning in Murano, Burano or Torcello. These islands, reachable by vaporetto, are full of colorful canals and are the most significant islands of Venetian crafts. Do not miss a visit to one of the many kilns to observe glass processing, in Murano, or to the artisan shops that produce lace, in Burano. A lesser known option for tourists is to visit the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni. One of the first centers of Armenian culture in Europe, on the island there is an Armenian monastery, surrounded by greenery, with a museum full of ancient manuscripts and books. The monastery can be visited every day at 15.25, booking not required.
Academy and Grand Canal
Back from the islands of the lagoon, it’s time to explore the DORSODURO district, which contains an impressive artistic heritage. At the entrance to the Grand Canal is the majestic Basilica of Santa Maria Della Salute, a masterpiece of Venetian Baroque art. Following the Grand Canal you will arrive at the Academy Bridge, one of the four on the Canal. Here, the academy Galleries certainly deserve a visit, a large museum that houses Venetian and Venetian paintings from different eras. There were amazing artists who influenced European art such as Bellini, Giorgione, Tintoretto and many others. Before leaving, I strongly recommend a stop, even a short one in Campo Santa MARGHERITA, a square frequented by many students and Venetians, perfect for a snack and a drink at reduced prices.
Things to know about Venice
Best time to travel
If you about to book one of the Venice travel packages, but you are not sure which season to visit? Here you have help. The high season in Venice runs from June to August, when summer is at its peak and tourists flock to the gondolas, in Piazza San Marco and in every small bistro and pub that runs along the canals. Hotel rates are high even this season. But the heat can be a bit stifling at times, although you can enjoy more hours of sunshine, float down the Grand Canal, and enjoy Renaissance gems the way you do.
The months between December and February are the low season in Venice. But a visit this time of year means fewer crowds and cheaper accommodation rates. Instead, it will have a shorter visiting time, as many attractions close after 5pm. It is only during Carnival that things change and we see the formation of large gatherings and a lot of fanfare in its canals and bars.
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Activities to do in Venice
Venice is a treasure trove of history, culture, architecture and fashion. As you try to explore this city of canals, don’t forget to visit St. Mark’s Basilica. Here enjoy a romantic gondola ride and continue with a candlelit dinner along a canal café. Take a tour of the Doge’s Palace and take a day trip day trip to the Dolomites and the mountains of Cortina. You can have lunch at the iconic Hard Rock Cafe, as well as visit the Rialto markets. Gondola rides are available all year round.
It can be the most romantic if you try it in the winter, early spring, or late fall when the waterways are less crowded. Blankets are provided to cuddle up and enjoy the scenery as a cold wind blows from the canals. The summer heat can be a bit annoying to sit and enjoy the view. To get some interesting perspectives on the camera lens, try late morning or early afternoon. At this time the lighting conditions are still favorable. Plus, you can even beat the crowds who prefer sunset time for a gondola ride.
Time for shopping in Venice, the season of state authorized sales starts in January and lasts between six and eight weeks. Dates are announced annually and normally begin at the beginning of the month and embody the spirit of La BEFANA. The good witch of Italian folklore who gives gifts to children on the eve of Epiphany or January 5th. You will pass through the shops of Venice. Through some good deals with discounts of 25 to 35 percent and sometimes even more. Keep checking radar that says “SALDI”, Italian for sales. So enjoy and book Venice city tour with us.
Venice Carnival and Chrismas
Carnival is one of the most important festivals in the city. It begins 40 days before Easter and culminates with a party before Ash Wednesday and Lent. In the run-up to the actual carnival day, multiple events are organized over a two- or three-week course. This includes masked balls, candlelit boat parades, street performances and musical concerts. Of these, several events are paid, including the masked ball. The party finally reaches Piazza San Marco, where it is possible to witness some really elaborate period masks and costumes. Make the most of the event on weekends rather than midweek.
Visit Venice between mid-December and mid-January to enjoy the party. However, the aura induced by the preparation of the Christmas market in Campo Santo Stefano. The stalls and kiosks are exploding with unique Venetian craftsmanship. It is including baby treats, toys, wall decorations, sweets, chocolates, beautiful hats and bags, among others. The food and live music at the Christmas market is worth keeping an eye on.
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