Gliding gracefully on a gondola along a dreamy canal, it’s easy to see why a visit to Venice is on plenty of bucket lists. Known as the ‘City of Canals’ and the ‘City of Bridges’, the unique attractions in Venice are many. This magical island city gushes with beautiful bridges, arresting architecture and pulsating piazzas that will stir your soul and leave you longing for more.
Things to do in Venice, Italy
At the heart of Venice is St. Mark’s Square, where tourists and locals flock to people watch from al fresco cafes and bask in the vibrant atmosphere among the swarms of pigeons. Surrounding this luminous square are the glorious St. Mark’s Basilica, with its brilliant domes and lavish interior, and the soaring Bell Tower.
As a city built upon 118 islands in the Venetian Lagoon, Venice is connected by 455 bridges. Stroll along the Rialto Bridge before stopping off at the nearby fish market, or walk the famous Bridge of Sighs that connected the condemned to the imposing Doge’s Palace. Enjoy a romantic gondola ride in Venice for a different perspective of the city.
After a heady day of exploring, you’ll surely want to savour some of the characteristic food of Venice, so do try some of the local fish dishes as you watch the sun sink beneath the sleepy gondolas.