If you have little time in the city and want to discover the must-see, don’t miss our itinerary to visit Venice in one weekend.
We suggest an itinerary to get to know Venice for a weekend. It has been done assuming that you will arrive in the city on Friday afternoon and that you will return by plane on Sunday at the same time.
To follow the itinerary on any other day of the week, we recommend that you consult the schedules of the places before visiting them, as they may differ.
You will probably arrive in Venice by the most common means of transport, by train from a nearby city, or by plane, in which case you will most certainly take a bus to the Piazzale Roma.
Once in Venice, the best option is to take a vaporetto to make initial contact with the city, taking advantage of a walk on the Grand Canal while heading to the hotel to drop off your luggage.
You will certainly not have enough time to visit museums and palaces, but you will have enough time to discover some of Venice’s most emblematic places.
The best place to start the visit is St. Mark’s Square, which is probably the most famous in the world along with St. Peter’s Square. There, you can admire magnificent buildings such as the Basilica of St. Mark or the Doge’s Palace, which you can access the next day.
After visiting St. Mark’s Square, follow the signs (or use a map) to get to the Rialto Bridge, the oldest and most charming bridge in the city. Losing yourself in Venice’s narrow streets in the middle of its countless canals is one of the most pleasant things to do in Venice.
After this short walk, it will probably be time for a Spritz, the Venetians’ favourite aperitif, before enjoying a delicious Italian dinner.
Our itinerary ends there for today as we start walking the Venetian streets early the next morning.
The day starts at 9:30 am in St. Mark’s Square, where you can visit the Doge’s Palace to discover its pleasant rooms and its appalling prison as well as the charming Bridge of Sighs.
After entering the Doge’s Palace, you can take a closer look at Venice’s most important religious building, St. Mark’s Basilica.
As you leave the basilica, it might be a good idea to climb up to the Campanile, an old bell tower that has become the symbol of the city and one of the most photographed monuments. From the top of the tower, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of all of Venice.
Walking towards the San Polo district, you will reach the Rialto Bridge again. As you cross it, you will reach the Rialto Market, a very lively place rich in colours and flavours.
Walking south towards the Dorsoduro district, you will reach Campo Santa Margherita, a very lively square thanks to its student audience. There you will find some of the most recommended places to eat a good pizza at unbeatable prices.
If you continue south, you will reach the Gallery dell’Accademia, one of the largest art galleries in the world. Going a little further south, you will reach the impressive Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute.
After visiting it, take the vaporetto to reach the Cannaregio district, located north of the Grand Canal.
Going down to the “Ferrovia” station, you can walk around this area and cross the Ponte delle Guglie to reach the Jewish Quarter, a place with a nostalgic atmosphere.
Taking the Calle Fondamenta de la Misericordia and continuing south, without a specific destination, you can quietly enjoy the magic that the city of Venice has to offer, with its small houses surrounded by canals worthy of tales.
Walking around the city, you will probably arrive again at St. Mark’s Square, where you can take something from the terrace of one of the most famous establishments such as Café Florian or Café Quadri; you can then enjoy its warm atmosphere, without missing the beautiful street on the square.
After going to the café, you can head back to the Grand Canal for a gondola ride and a romantic stroll at nightfall.
Once you have had dinner and a taste of a delicious homemade ice cream, take a pleasant stroll to discover the illuminated alleys before resting until the next day.
If you want to discover most of Venice’s museums, you can book this day for cultural visits. However, we recommend to make a circuit that goes through the most important streets of the lagoon.
Early in the morning, take the LN line from vaporetto to Fondamenta Nuove or San Zaccaria station. The boat will take you to Torcello Island, where you can visit the Basilica of Santa Maria dell’Assunta – founded in 639 – and climb to its bell tower.
After visiting the island of Torcello, take the vaporetto LN to Burano, the island of houses of all colours. If you want to taste an Italian culinary speciality, you can treat yourself with spaghetti a la vongole (with clams), a real delight.
Before completing this tour of the islands, it is essential to visit the famous Island of Murano, known worldwide for its glass blowers.
The best way to say goodbye to the city before you pick up your luggage is to return to St. Mark’s Square. When it is unfortunately time to leave the city, you will have three options: if your return flight is to Treviso Airport, you can take a vaporetto to the Piazzale Roma to take the bus.
If your plane takes off from Marco Polo Airport, you can go there by bus or boat, taking the Alilaguna boat, a farewell in good and due form.
More than 2 days in Venice?
If you are lucky enough to have more than two days in Venice and have followed our itinerary, there are still many interesting places to visit in the city, not to mention the charming cities of Padua and Verona.