This is a list based on personal experiences. Please read through, get inspired and comment your impressions and suggestions. Here are our top 23 things to do in Venice.
1. For a nice view go to the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, right across the San Marc’s square. Climb the church tower and you will be rewarded magnificently with the 360 degree view of Venice and the surrounding lagoon and islands.
2. Enjoy the evening romance while walking on the boardwalk of fondamente Zattere, enjoying the sunset.
3. When on Zattere, go to the Gelateria Nico, the famous ice cream place. They have a famous big terrace on the water, enjoy the scenery.
4. For a nice and unusual view of Venice, go on the open top floor of the parking garage Tronchetto. It is on Piazalle Roma, the very entrance of Venice arriving by car. The top floor is roof-less, you can easily access it with the elevator and enjoy a very unusual open view.
5. Go to the monastery island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni and take the guided tour there. You will be amongst only a few lonely visitors, which gives you a great break from the masses on the other parts of Venice and a lot of inspiration. Enjoy it, even if it is raining – it is a great place to be.
6. Rent a bike on the Lido di Venezia, make a bicycle tour through the city on the Lido di Venezia.
7. While riding your bike there, go to the beach of the Lido di Venezia, stroll around and if it is warm, go swimming there. If it is cold, there are still some locals around, hiding behind the dunes and enjoying.
8. Go to the districts where the true local Venetians live, f.i. the area around Via Garibaldi or Sant’ Elena, the utmost eastern part of Venice or Sacca Fisola, the far southwestern part of the island. You will discover another Venice.
9. Visit the green areas of Venice on Sant’ Elena. It is a great place for breathing fresh air in several parks, especially if you are in Venice with kids. There is a great kid’s playground there.
10. Visit the old Jewish ghetto and discover the Campo di Ghetto Nuovo with its small streets around.
11. Take a drink, f.i. a typical Fragolino or an Aperol Veneziano at a dark pub behind the Rialto fish market, f.i. the Osteria Antico Dolo. It is a dark mysterious area in Venice where you can feel the history of fisherman, merchants and trade.
12. Go to the University Ca’ Foscari and feel like a student. Take a coffee in the student’s coffee place and visit the nearby museum located in the ancient palace on the Canale Grande.
13. Visit the glass-makers and chandelier island of Murano in the Venetian laggon and the famous glass manufacturing museum on the island. It is very hands-on and spectacular to watch the glass-makers there, especially for the kids.
14. Eat the typical yellow Buranello biscuits on the island of Burano in the Venetian lagoon. Enjoy the special colorful scenery of the small village.
15. Visit the oldest church in the lagoon of Venice, where the first settlers lived, on the island of Torcello in the Venetian lagoon. Take the Vaporettos from Venice to Burano and Torcello – it is a worthwhile trip you will remember.
16. Visit the vegetable and garden island of Sant’ Erasmo, where the true Venetians go to for relaxation on weekends.
17. If you can, go to a performance at the world-famous opera house Teatro La Fenice
18. Enjoy the evening scene at the Campo Santa Margherita, where locals go out at night, especially the students, on Fridays and Saturdays. It is a big open place and offers a lot of bars and restaurants.
19. Go see the last true Gondola manufacturing site in Venice, the Squero San Trovaso, at the Rio de S. Trovaso. Right across the canal is one of the best cicchetti places (small Venetian antipasti) where you stand outside, drink your wine and try different cicchetti. The place is called Cantine del Vino gia Schiavi.
20. Stroll on the northern shoreline, the Fondamente Nuove and enjoy the view to the north far into the Venetian lagoon.
21. Stroll on the main Venetian promenade, the Riva degli Schiavoni. Yes, I admit: it is a very touristic place and crowded, yet it has a special atmosphere and you should see it.
22. Visit the island La Giudecca, the southern-most part of Venice, tranquil, relaxed, with a nice view of the main island of Venice
23. Use the Traghetto. It is a Gondola which just crosses the canals at defined places, taking several passengers with them. It is very affordable and gives you a true Gondola feeling.