As our Italy specialist Martha Bakerjian says, “With its picturesque canals crossed by more than 400 small bridges, Venice is one of Italy’s most unique and romantic destinations. It’s also one of Italy’s most popular cities for visitors. The city’s unusual architectural style reflects both eastern and western influence. It developed during the time of the Venetian Republic, a city state that existed more than 1,000 years and had great influence over both Europe and the east.
Venice is made up of 150 canals and 118 small islands, with more than 400 bridges connecting them. Venice’s main “street” is the Grand Canal, filled with all kinds of water transportation, and crossed by the famous Rialto Bridge.
Piazza San Marco, the city’s main square, is the heart of the city. On the square are the top monuments to see: Saint Mark’s Basilica, the bell tower, and the opulent Doge’s Palace. Climb the bell tower for fantastic views of the city and lagoon. For a unique look at the Doge’s Palace and Venice’s history, book a Secret Itineraries Tour. The famous Bridge of Sighs crosses a canal next to the Doge’s Palace.
Venice’s top museums are the Galleria dell’Accademia, with Venetian art from the 14th – 18th centuries, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of modern art.
Take a ride on the number 1 vaporetto, or water bus, along the Grand Canal to see the beautiful facades of the historic mansions. Be sure to spend some time wandering along some of the back canals, away from the main tourist sites, to get a real feeling for this car-free city built on the water. Yes you’ll probably get lost but that’s one of the pleasures of being in Venice. And of course you can take a gondola ride. For a less crowded choice, go to a gondola station on one of the smaller side canals.
Ferries go to outlying islands. Murano is famous as the island of glass makers while Burano is a colorful island known for traditional lace-making.” …
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Venice is one of Italy’s most expensive destinations so expect to pay a little more for meals, hotels, and activities.
Prices often fluctuate so we don’t quote exact prices that quickly become outdated. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.
Price ranges are quoted in €.
See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
€ => Tickets less than €15 per person
€€ => Tickets €15 – €30 per person
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Sleep — Out of town/rural
€ => Rooms less than €60 for a double
€€ => Rooms €60 – €100 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €100 for a double
Sleep — Large Cities
€ => Rooms less than €100 for a double
€€ => Rooms €100 – €150 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €150 for a double
€=> €5- €10 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
€€ => €10 – €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
€€€ => €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
€ => Tickets less than €25 per person
€€ => Tickets €25 – €50 per person
€€€ => Tickets €50 per person