Let’s take a Day Trip To Venice – Venice in one day itinerary – The City of Canals or The Floating City. One of the most Romantic cities in the world, this unique city is built on lagoons, and you will find a crisscross of canals all across the city. Venice is the capital of the Veneto region of Northern Italy. It is a famous historic place known for its beautiful architecture along water canals, ornate domes, spires, Italian cafes/bars, colorful buildings, and thousands of small & big bridges.
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Day Trip To Venice – Venice in one day Itinerary.
One of the most visited places in the world as it is built on a small island that is adjoining more than 100 small islands, surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. All these islands can be accessed by water taxis, Gondola boats, or while crossing bridges on foot.
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Historical Venice – Venice In One Day
During the Middle Ages, Venice flourished and was a major trade center in Europe. Being an important financial center Venice has many beautiful historical buildings great sense of art & culture. Due to strict rules of restoration, the layout and structure of Venice are preserved to date, and no modification can be done here. That is why visiting Venice is like Walking into the past.
Venice is divided into six zones – The Main San Marco Zone surrounding the Grand Canal. Then comes the artisan areas of San Polo near Rialto Bridge. The outer zones are home to the Ghetto and other famous places. Other than this city island, you can also visit nearby islands like Murano, Burano, Torcello, Lido, and San Giorgi Maggiore.
Due to a very hectic itinerary, I got the chance to visit Venice in one day or made a Day trip to Venice while commuting from Milan to Florence. Being a small city, a Venice city tour can be done by walking from St. Mark square to Rialto. During this whole day, I tried to cover major attractions and the most important things to do here, but I would recommend staying a night if you have some more time.
Two to Three days are most recommended for this city of Canals, as a one-day cover a whole city tour and on another day you can go for island hopping tours and spend some relaxing time at beautiful and colorful Burano or Murano.
Day Tour in Venice – What To Do In Venice In 1 Day
This biggest canal in Venice is an essential waterway and was used for a century for commuting. This S-shaped canal is surrounded by beautiful & colorful ornate buildings and three historic bridges. This canal is the most photogenic point of this city. On the banks of this canal, you can hire a “Vaporetto” – a public ferry (Venice’s Water Bus) or Gondola (an Italian traditional wooden boat) to transfer here and there.
Click here to book your public transportation – Waterbus & mainland buses. The major stops are at St. Mark’s Square and San Polo. Gondola rides are more expensive than Vaporetto rides. During this cruise, admire the nearby beautiful buildings and the bridges when you pass under them.
PONTE DI RIALTO – RIALTO BRIDGE
One of the most iconic bridges over the Grand Canal. This city’s most Instagrammable or photogenic point is a pedestrian bridge connecting San Marco and San Polo. It attracts millions of tourists in a year. This ornate wooden bridge collapsed in the 1500s and was then restored afterward. You can reach the famous Rialto market, where many shops sell Italian masks, jewelry, trinkets, handicrafts, and souvenirs.
PIAZZA SAN MARCO – ST. MARK’S SQUARE
The most famous square in this city also attracts millions of visitors every year. Located across the Grand Canal, this square / Piazza has stunning architectural buildings, tower – St. Mark’s Campanile, Cathedral – St. Mark’s Basilica, and Doge’s Palace. As Doge Palace is must visit in Venice, it is always very crowded. It is better to book skip the line tickets to Doge Palace. This is a must-do in Venice 1 day itinerary.
MARK’S SQUARE – BASILICA CATTEDRALE PATRICIA LE DI SAN MARCO
This Roman Catholic Cathedral is the most famous city church. It’s Baroque styled, and Byzantine architecture is awe-inspiring and historical too. This church dates back to 1060, and the main façade & dome is built according to the Gothic style.
CAMPANILE DI SAN MARCO
The tallest Bell Tower in this city is also located in San Marco. 323 ft., the high-bricked tower houses 5 bells. This tower also collapsed/was destroyed in 1902 and again restored in 1912.
Venetian Gothic style of the Italian Palace was once a residence of Doge of Venice (the Supreme power of the Venetian government). Located on Piazza San Marco, it is the must-see museum as it has many ornate and lavish collectives.
BASILICA DI SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE
The second most impressive and famous church of this city is located opposite of St. Mark’s square on the Grand Canal. This Roman Catholic church has a Baroque style of interiors.
SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE (ISLAND)
A small island not located on the Grand Canal can be reached through it and connected through Venice Basin. It dates back to 790, and the view of Venice is marvelous. The perfect picture of Venice can be captured from this island. Vaporetto (water bus) takes you there; on that island, you can take a walking tour to see all the places.
LIDO (ISLAND) – Things To do in Venice Italy
Veneto’s most vibrant island, which is famous for its casinos and Film Festival, has a sandy beach across the Adriatic Sea. Vaporetto(Water Taxi) will take you there.
MUST DO THINGS IN VENICE IN ONE DAY
- Take a Gondola ride or water bus cruise across the canals. You can book a 24/48 hours Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing boat trip. Click here to book your 30 minute Gondola ride across Grand Canal.
- Get lost into the narrow streets beside the canals. Cross the narrow small bridges and discover some unique backyards of Venetian houses.
- Try some special Italian cuisine at canal-side cafes or restaurants. Italian Gelato is must try here. Click here to book a unique food / culinary tour in Venice.
- Visit nearby islands. Go for Island hopping trip. Read the complete guide on Visit Burano and Click here to book your island hopping trip to Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands.
- Explore some artsy and peaceful corners. You will find many art galleries and book ships hidden in beautiful houses.
- Prefer evening walks around the canals as the reflection of light in the water canals is very romantic and dreamy.
TIPS FOR FIRST-TIMERS IN VENICE | VENICE IN ONE DAY
- Museums are closed on Monday, so plan accordingly if you want to visit museums.
- If you visit this city on Sunday, don’t miss the special evening at 6:30 P.M. mass of St. Mark’s Cathedral.
- Peak seasons are from April to August. It can be expensive, hot, and overcrowded during peak seasons. I visited Venice in the winter of February when I took a week-long trip to Italy. February is too cold here, but I got less crowd and inexpensive options.
- Commute either by Water bus or by walking as Venice is a vehicle-free city.
- Beware in lonely corners during the evening as sometimes pickpocketing happens.
- GPS inside the city sometimes gets confused as it has an unfathomable layout as compared to any city in this world.
- Evenings are very romantic.
HOW TO REACH VENICE | Day Trip To Venice – Venice in One day
- If you are driving by Car – If you are driving or coming by car then you have to park your car for the whole of your stay duration at S. Giuliano for approximately 5 to 10 Euros per day. Then catch a bus from here to reach Venice’s main Grand Canal. Or park at Piazzale Roma for 24 Euros per day.
- If you come by Train – Venice has two stations Venezia Mestre which is an industrial suburb, and Venezia S. Lucia, which is located over the Grand Canal. Sometimes high-speed trains do not stop at Santa Lucia station, therefore, get down at Mestre station and catch a bus. Drop down at the train station of Santa Lucia, and from here, if you take the exit, you will reach the Grand Canal.
I took an early morning train from Mila to reach Venice, which took approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, and then I deposited my luggage at the cloakroom named “Deposito Bagagli” facility on an hourly rental basis. Did a Venice city tour and in the evening I took my luggage and took a train to Florence. Florence is 2 to 2.5 hours from here. Click here to check train timetable or book tickets from ItaliaRail. ItaliaRail.com
- If you are traveling by Air – Venice has its own International Airport – MarcoPolo Airport from where you can take a public bus to reach the Grand Canal. Or you can book your shared water taxi from Marco Polo to your hotel in Venice, by clicking here.
- If you are traveling by Cruise – Many International cruise ships coming from Greece or Croatia stop here at Venice.
- Private Tour Options – Book your Venice in one day trip from Florence by clicking here. Or you can book Venice for 2 days tour from Florence with accommodation. Or book 5 days Best of Italy escorted tour to Assisi, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Padova, Venice, and Montepulciano with hotel accommodations.
ITALY TRIP ITINERARY | Day Trip To Venice – one day in Venice
- DAY 1 & 2 – Arrive at Rome and 2 days in Rome – Rome city tour and Vatican city tour. If you have more time, then spend 4 days in Rome.
- DAY 3 – Check out and catch a fast train to Milan. After a short city tour of Milan and then proceed to Lake Como. Night Stay in Lake Como.
- DAY 4 -5 – Lake Como Tour
- DAY 6 – Lake Como to Milan and a short tour in Milan again. Milan to Venice – Venice in one day – In the late evening, proceed to Florence. Night stay in Florence. You can also do day trip to Venice from Florence if you have less time in Italy tour.
- DAY 7 – Florence City Tour with Leaning Tower of Pisa. If you have another day, then go for the Tuscany countryside tour.
- DAY 8 – Check out from Florence and catch a train to Rome. Small city tour in Rome and then back to home.
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Italy Trip can also be combined with Switzerland Trip. Lake Come shares a border with Switzerland’s Lausanne city. So you can reach Italy from Laussane in Switzerland and follow this itinerary –
- LAUSSANE (In Switzerland)
- LAKE COMO (ITALY)
- FLORENCE – PISA – TUSCANY COUNTRYSIDE TOUR
- ALMAFI COAST – famous for Mediterranean-style beaches. (I missed Southern Italy during this trip due to winter and lack of time.)
CURRENCY OF ITALY – EURO
LANGUAGE – ITALIAN, Here station names and all locations are named in Italian and therefore you have to take care when you get down.
CUISINE – Pizza, Pasta, Italian cheese, Rissoto, Tiramisu, etc. Italian Gelato is a must-try. Vegetarians will not have a problem here; you can get some vegetarian options in Pizza and Pasta.
WHERE TO STAY IN VENICE | Day Trip To Venice – Venice in one day Itinerary
Near the Grand Canal or Canal facing the hotel. Click here to check hotels near the Grand canal.
After returning from Venice, I was so mesmerized by its beauty that I painted the Canals of Venice with colorful houses. I love to paint my travel memories. Now my creation – this painting is sold and adorning some other person’s wall which is my Venice memory.
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