The Perfect Weekend in Venice
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
If you only have three days in Venice, begin with an early morning alongside the fishmongers at the Rialto Market, then follow in the footsteps of countless visitors by exploring St. Mark's Square and the central canalfront. Feast at trattorias and drink at iconic bars; hitch a gondola ride; and go island-hopping to escape the crowds and admire traditional craftsmanship.
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
Most tourists get to Venice's famous Rialto Bridge, but how many cross to the right bank of the Grand Canal to experience the Erberia (vegetable market) and the Pescheria (fish market)? Elbowing my way through the crowds on the Rialto was worth...
Campo San Giacometto, Ponte di Rialto, 122, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
At the ground-floor wine bar, take in the view of the Grand Canal while enjoying such cicchetti as salumi and cheese. In the upstairs dining room, choose from a menu that features intriguing dishes, including cocoa fusilli with boar ragu. Campo...
Piazza San Marco, 328, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
When planning a May trip to Italy with my husband, magical Venice was one of the cities I knew I wanted to visit. I was really looking forward to seeing all the things typically associated with Venice: gondolas, the Grand Canal, St. Mark's Square,...
Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Since few areas within the city of Venice afford high perspectives of the entire city, take the elevator (no stairs) to the top of San Marco's Campanile in Piazza San Marco. You may have to put up with a few elbows to get a spot against...
Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Piazza San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Want to get the most out of your experience in Piazza San Marco? Museo Correr is a little-known gem on the southern side of the square. In-the-know tourists come here to buy tickets to the Doge's Palace without a line. One ticket (16) provides...
Piazza San Marco, 1, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
As it's one of the most popular sights in Venice, you may have to wait for the perfect spot to view the Bridge of Sighs, but it's so beautiful that it's worth the effort. Part of the Doge's palace, the bridge leads to the prison, and it was said...
Campo San Fantin, 1965, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Aptly named after the phoenix, this opera house has risen from its own ashes three times, the last in the 1990s when it was burned in an act of arson. It was rebuilt in the same ornate style as the building that had been destroyed—a choice...
Calle Seconda de la Fava, 3604, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
“I call this the Orange Café because there are orange banquettes inside. It’s not particularly stylish but it’s a super-friendly, family-run business. The smell inside is wonderful because they bake everything fresh each...
Calle Longa S. Maria Formosa, 5176/b, 30122 Castello, Venezia VE, Italy
Acqua Alta is a browser's heaven with its books, maps and posters stacked from floor to ceiling, and even in a gondola. The chaotic organization is part of what makes the bookshop memorable; however I had no trouble finding materials on the...
San Giorgio Maggiore, 30133 Venezia VE, Italy
Every day tons of people wait in line at St. Mark's Square. Whether you're queuing to enter the Cathedral, ascend the Campanile, or visit the Doge's Palace you will probably have to wait. Those are all fantastic options but to escape the long epic...
Sant'Elena, 30132 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
"You're going to get lost in Venice regardless, so stick your map in your map pocket and just wander." Our tour manager couldn't have been more right. This was one of the narrowest alleyways we went down when we had lost ourselves in a seemingly...
30126 Lido, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
You've probably heard of the famous islands within the lagoon of Venice from Murano to Burano but you may not have heard of Lido. Lido is the only island where cars are permitted and there is a long stretching beach ideal for tanning, sipping on...
Calle Lunga S. Barnaba, 2867A, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy
“This is easily recognized as the best bakery in Venice. I’ve been coming here since I was a child. Nono Colussi is very old now, so the bakery is mostly run by his daughter, who is also of a certain age. They don’t make very...
Fondamenta Vin Castello, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
Two things you need to know about gondola rides in Venice: They're worth it; and the price is agreed beforehand. Knowing those two things, you can happily hop aboard this traditional Venetian mode of transport and relax, because, touristy as it...
Sestiere Santa Croce, 30135 Venezia VE, Italy
In a less touristy part of Venice, where locals live and play, Campo San Giacomo all'Orio is a wonderful neighborhood square. Here you'll find Al Prosecco, a fantastic locally oriented wine bar where you can sit outside right on the square and...
Fondamenta Marco Giustinian, 8, 30141 Venezia VE, Italy
On the charming Venetian island of Murano, Museo del Vetro is an exemplary glass museum in a wonderful old palace that's worth exploring if you have an interest in the art of blowing glass. It's been a museum since the mid-1800s and features both...
Calle S. Donato, 11, 30141 Venezia VE, Italy
There is more to Murano Island than a wide collective of storied glass blowers. Make the journey to this lagoon island and be sure to pay a visit to the Chiesa dei Santi Maria e Donato to view its restored Byzantine mosaic pavements dating to the...
30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
If you're planning to spend a full day island hoping from Murano to Burano and on to Torcello, this is a good spot to stop for a fast lunch between islands. The no-frills trattoria began as a small inn back in 1944 and serves hearty, toothsome...
Torcello, 30142 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
The sleepy island of Torcello is at the northern end of the Venetian lagoon and an easy ferry ride from Venice via neighboring island Burano. Spending a day island hopping from Murano to Burano to Torcello is a welcome escape from the overly...
Fondamenta di Santa Caterina, 3, 30142 Venezia VE, Italy
It takes a bit of patience and the better part of an afternoon to have lunch on Mazzorbo Island at Gianluca Bisol's, Venissa Ristorante. But the boat ride there from Venice's Fondamenta Nuova is half the fun, and the 45-minute journey across the...
Calle dei Bergamaschi, 2283, 30124 San Marco, Venezia VE, Italy
The Hotel Flora is an ivy-clad 17th-century palazzo tucked down a narrow alleyway in San Marco. It’s hidden from the crowds, but still an easy stroll to the buzz of San Marco Palazzo and the Grand Canal. Like all grand Venetian homes,...
Rio Terrà Foscarini, 979A, 30123 Dorsoduro, Venezia VE, Italy
Overlooking a postcard-perfect Venetian street (a former canal, now paved over) in the artistic Dorsoduro district, this 500-year-old merchant’s townhouse has been revamped as the boutique hotel Ca’Pisani. Behind the traditional...
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