Read our travel tips for Venice and plan a unique stay in the lagoon city today
Make a trip to Burano
Burano is a small fishing island in the lagoon of Venice. It is especially known for its small colourful houses, whose facades shine in all the colours of the rainbow, making every photo a real eye-catcher. Legend has it that fishermen used to paint their houses so colourfully that they could find their anchorage again at night and in fog. But the island Burano in the lagoon of Venice is not only known for its colourful little houses but also for its lace embroideries. The small island belongs to the attractions of Venice and is absolutely worth an excursion. With the vaporetto the journey takes about 40 minutes.
Avoid high bills in cafés and restaurants
Venice attracts over 100.000 tourists every day. The sights of the lagoon city are well visited and the many restaurants and cafés invite you to an Italian coffee or an ice-cold Coke in a great setting. But be careful! Food and drinks in Venice are expensive. Especially around the well-attended places many restaurants charge a hefty surcharge. Tip: Visit the restaurants a little away from the sights. For the lunch snack, maybe it could be the counter? Because many cafés and restaurants in Venice increase their prices for dining at the table. Especially around the Markusplatz the differences are enormous!
Never feed the pigeons
Doves belong to Venice like the Venetian masks, one might think. The dove is venerated by the Venetians because of a historical event. It is symbolized by the fall of Constantinople in 1204, and the message of victory was transmitted to Venice by means of doves. In Venice in the 80s and 90s, feeding the pigeons in St. Mark's Square was simply part of the holiday in Venice. The corn was supplied by official licensed flying traders. But today, the feeding of the pigeons is strictly forbidden in Venice. Whoever gets caught pays a fine of 500,00€.
The best tiramisu in town: I Tre Mercanti
In the heart of the city lies one of the most famous gourmet shops in Venice, the I Tre Mercanti. Here you will find aromatic Parmesan, full-bodied wine, balsamic vinegar, real Italian pasta, colourful spices and much more. But you should definitely try the Tiramisu here. From traditional tiramisu with coffee to tiramisu varieties with strawberries, pistachios or nutella, I Tre Mercanti leaves nothing to be desired. If you look through the shop window you can even watch the production of the Italian classic. Absolute insider tip!
The best view over Venice
Those who want to have a bird's eye view of Venice and are looking for the perfect photo motive will oftenly end up on the bell tower at the Piazza San Marco. The entrance fee is 8,00€ and the view is one of the most popular attractions of Venice. The better alternative is to visit the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore. Tickets are cheaper with 3,00€ and the view is much nicer! Be sure to plan a tour to this place!
Is the gondola ride in Venice worthwhile?
It is probably the main attraction for all travellers in Venice and is still one of the most popular activities in the lagoon city. The gondolier warbles a romantic ditty at the top of his voice while you, with your loved one in your arms, gaze out over the legendary lagoon city of Venice. But because Gondola rides are so famous and popular, you have to dig deep into your pockets. For 50 minutes you should not pay more than 100,00€. Ask for the price beforehand! The boat tour with the vaporetto is considerably cheaper.
Top 10 sights in Venice without which you have not seen Venice
Venice, a city that serves every romantic cliché. A city without streets, without trees, characterized by alleys and canals. Couples in love sail across the Grand Canal in a real Venetian gondola, the beauty of the architecture amazes tourists and culinary delights of Italian cuisine await at every corner. Venice abounds with romance and beauty wherever the eye can see. We show you the most beautiful sights you must have seen in the lagoon city:
1.The Grand Canal
The Grand Canal is the 4 kilometres long main waterway of the city of Venice. The canal is one of the most famous sights of the city. It runs through the city in an S-shape, separating the citra city block, i.e. the districts of San Marco, Cannaregio and Castello from the ultra city block, with the districts of Dorsoduro, San Polo and Santa Croce. The Canal Grande is spanned by four bridges, the most famous is the Rialto Bridge. Here you can take a water taxi or one of the gondolas and enjoy the view of the great buildings, small alleys and hidden attractions of Venice.
2. The St Mark's Square
The St Mark's Square is also one of the city's most important monuments and is the centre of tourist activity in Venice, surrounded by St. Mark's Basilica, the Campanile di San Marco and the Procuratories. The Markusplatz is also known as the "Salon of Europe". Useless knowledge: La Piazza di San Marco is the only place in Venice that is called plaza and/or piazza. All other places are called Campo (German field).
3. The Basilica of St Mark (Basilica di Sa Marco)
On the east side of the Markusplatz is the St Mark's Basilica. It is the heart of Venice and was once a private chapel of the Doge and the central state sanctuary of the noble republic. It was named after the apostle Mark, whose body is buried in the church. The building was constructed in the 11th century in the Byzantine style. In the interior, both the walls and the floors are made of mosaics. St Mark's Cathedral is an attraction not to be missed. Even if the queues in front of the entrances are long, the visit of the Markusdom is worthwhile.
4. The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
The Doge's Palace is a magnificent palace in Venice, which for over 800 years was the seat of the Doges and the government of the Venetian Republic. Today, a renowned museum of modern art is located inside. It is one of the most famous buildings of the city and is one of the most popular sights of Venice. With its pink marble façade, capitals, columns and detailed decorations, the Doge's Palace is a unique blend of Byzantium, Gothic and Renaissance styles. The magnificent style can also be found in the interior. Huge paintings decorate the ceilings and walls. It is possible to visit the interior of the Doge's Palace and the secret passages leading to the prison. True art fans and history freaks will get their money's worth here!
5. The Rialto Bridge
The Rialto Bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges in Venice. It is the oldest bridge in the city and connects the districts of San Polo and San Marco. Her Italian name is "Ponte die Rialto". Rialto was once a quarter in the San Polo district. There was the commercial centre. Today, the Rialto Bridge is a landmark of Venice. From here, one has a wonderful view to the Canal Grande. Unfortunately it is always very crowded here. Get up early for the tour to the Rialto Bridge!
6. The Bridge of Sighs
Lovers who kiss under the Bridge of Sighs give, stay happy forever! At least that's what the legend says. For romantic tours and declarations of love of all kinds, the gondola ride through the Bridge of Sighs is almost obligatory, as the Bridge of Sighs connects the Doge's Palace with the former prison. Hence its name, because every prisoner once had to cross this bridge and sighed about the loss of his own freedom.
7. Murano, Burano & Torcello
The islands MuranoBurano and Torcello are located in the lagoon of Venice and could hardly be a more attractive destination for a day trip. Each of the islands off Venice holds a magical secret. While Murano is world famous for its glassblowing and Murano glass, in Burano you can stroll through the picturesque old town with its many colourful facades, because Burano is the most colourful island in the world. On Torcello you should definitely climb the bell tower and enjoy the fantastic view. The islands are all just a stone's throw away. The boat trip to Murano takes only a few minutes, Burano can be reached by boat in 40 minutes.
8. Teatro La Fenice
The history of the Teatro La Fenice is impressive! Even if you are not a lover of high art and opera, the theatre will fascinate you. The visit to the opera house is an absolute highlight and those who manage to get a ticket for one of the events will remember it for the rest of their lives. Be sure to go!
9. Peggy Guggenheim Collection
It is one of the most important museums of the 20th century - the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The art collector Peggy Guggenheim collected works of art from all over the world during her lifetime and served them under one roof. She later donated her collected works to the Guggenheim Foundation. The exhibitions in the museum show works of cubism, expressionism, surrealism and metaphysical painting. Great enterprise and one of the most interesting places of the city.
10. Lido di Venezia
Those who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Venice, get into the water taxi and find themselves in paradise, the Lido di Venezia. While the masses are pushing each other across St. Mark's Square, you will find bathing facilities, bicycles for rent, cute boutiques, great cafés and restaurants on the island. The journey is very easy with the water taxi. Get in at St. Mark's Square. The crossing into the lagoon takes about 10 minutes.