A city steeped in political, religious and commercial history, Venice is adorned with grand façades, opulent mosaics and classic churches. Without doubt Venice is well-known for its architecture. Among its most recognisable landmarks are the Doge’s Palace and Basilica di San Marco, which dominate St Mark’s Square.
For the perfect day in Venice, we’re taking you outside of San Marco on a tour which meanders through narrow, winding streets across canals and beside a menagerie of colourful houses.
7:00am: for an experience unlike any other, catch the sunrise at the beautiful Rialto Bridge which connects the islands of Venice, and enjoy the gentle ambience of the city waking up for business.
9:00am: head to the Mercati di Rialto and immerse yourself in the true Venetian way of life; enjoy the atmosphere as the locals shop for produce, stocking up on fruit, vegetables, and fish.
10:00am: a day in Venice would be incomplete without an hour or so of downtime spent exploring the hidden streets and canals in the Cannaregio, the once sequestered home of the Jewish Ghetto.
12:00pm: for lunch, eat like a local and explore the back-street bacari in search of traditional cicheti: the tiny hole-in-the-wall bars which serve locals wine and snacks at lunchtime.
14:00pm: visit the Ca’ d’Oro after lunch and indulge in one of Venice’s finest palaces and galleries. Enjoy the views of the Grand Canal from the resplendent balconies which make for the city’s most Instagrammable photo opportunity.
16:00pm: take the Vaporetto – the ‘sea buses’ which navigate the Grand Canal – from the Ca’ d’Oro station outside the palace and head towards Accademia DX to visit the museums in the Dorsoduro area of Venice. Enjoy the dramatic landscape for a fraction of the price of a gondola ride.
17:00pm: visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Dorsoduro and marvel at, arguably, the best collection of modern art in Europe, exhibiting the likes of Kadinsky, Duchamp, Klee and Dalí.
19:00pm: choose from any of the charming restaurants which line the Grand Canal for dinner and enjoy views of the Rialto Bridge at dusk. Venice is famous for its seafood, so be sure to indulge in a bowl of their famous Spaghetti Vongole or Spaghetti with Cuttlefish.
22:00pm: Venice isn’t known for its night-life but Bacaro Jazz is one of a handful of bars which is open late; drink cocktails to a jazzy soundtrack and ponder the bra-lined ceiling whilst enjoying pleasant Venetian company.
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From rich cultural offerings to impressive landmark sights, small eateries and local businesses, Venice allows for pleasant dawdling throughout its winding streets and across its impressive canals. However you spend your time in Venice, you’ll be sure to find inspiration around every corner.