Venice Bucket List

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The city of canals, Venice, is unlike any other. Italy is full of charm and charisma (not only from the locals), but nowhere is more romantic as Venice. For everything you should see, do and best of all eat in Venice, here’s your bucket list to get you going!


1. Walk inside St Mark’s Basilica

The landmark cathedral might just be the single most iconic building in the entire city.

2. Catch a water taxi

Whether on the grand canal or from point to point, hop on a water taxi to truly experience the (ever receding) waterways.

3. Meander the winding streets of Venice

Getting lost is often the best adventure of all and nowhere is that more true than Venice!

4. Eat yourself Italian

Pizza, pasta, minestrone, tiramisu… you name it. Eat it.

5. Cross the Rialto Bridge

As one of the main bridges in Venice, the Rialto bridge is one of the most impressive and photographic.

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6. Sip on an espresso in Piazza San Marco

Although overpriced, cafes in Piazza San Marco offer some of the best people watching in the entire city. Kick back, unwind, and pay the hefty price to do so. Just ‘cos.

7. See the Bridge of Sighs

Another of Venice’ great bridges to discover is the bridge of sighs, an enclosed bridge made of white limestone.

8. Visit Dorsoduro

Visit the area of Dorsoduro for the highest land area in the city but more importantly, a gorgeous area to walk around and get lost in!

9. Cool down with Gelato

You can’t come to Italy (or for that matter any city in Italy) and not eat gelato… and lots of it! Hazelnut is a personal fave, though in Venice you can buy almost every flavour.

10. Ride a Gondola

There is not on thing more iconic than riding a gondola in Venice. Although overpriced, you pay per boat so fill it up with anyone and everyone who wants to share, sit back and take it all in.

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11. Go on a secret wine tour

Venetians love their wine so what better way to discover local classics and those from further afield in Italy than a secret walking tour! There are many great walking food and wine tours to discover, here’s just one recommendation.

12. Climb the Campanile

San Marco Campanile is where you will enjoy the best view of the city from above – featuring those endless terracotta rooftops and canals in the distance.

13. Don a mask at Carnevale

If you so happen to be in Venice in late January – early February then you absolutely cannot pass up the opportunity to attend the Venice Carnival and don a Venetian mask.

14. Buy glass in Murano

If you’re looking for a souvenir actually worth buying, then in Venice look no further than Murano glass.

15. Stay a While

Most travellers come to Venice for just 1-2 days to rush through the sites, but the best way to see the city is to spend a while exploring the neighbourhoods beyond the tourist sites, following local recommendations you receive once there!

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    February 9, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I always love getting lost in Venice! I always meet and find the most interesting people

    Kristin Bassett
    February 8, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    You also have to check out Burano – such a beautiful little fishing island!

    distant locals
    February 6, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Private water taxis, although pricey, are SO worth it in Venice. That might’ve been one of my favorite things when I visited this past September. Great bucket list and awesome photos!

    xx –

    February 6, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I managed to do most of those while there. Riding in the water taxi was my favorite. It was even better than the gondola!

    Nikki Vargas
    February 6, 2016 at 3:41 am

    I am going to Venice next month! Will be making my way from Rome to Venice to Amsterdam to Paris. This guide is perfect timing as I was hearing mixed reviews on Venice and how long I should stay there. Excited to visit!


      Jill @ RunEatSnap
      April 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      I am doing a very similar but opposite trip in June – Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Rome with stops in Florence and Cinque Terre and ending in Greece!

    February 6, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Thanks for that Bucket List! I’m heading of to a Venice trip right now – that post came at the perfect moment 🙂

    February 5, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Venice is a magical place, and the gelato is second to none. The only downside is, once you taste how great it is out there, once back home everything pales in comparison! I went in June last year and what I found difficult to contend with was the sheer number of tourists (of which I was one). But still, if you can get up a little earlier, you can avoid elbowing for space on Rialto Bridge.

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    Michaela Kullberg
    February 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I´ve been to Venice twice and I LOVE this place! And dont forget to visit The most beautiful book shop in the world! A lovely and different book shop!

    February 5, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    These photographs are beautiful! Venice is on my bucket list – can’t wait to go there someday! X

    February 5, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I can’t wait to go there one day in the future 🙂

    February 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I went to Venice last year and it was the most amazing experience ever! I was living in Florence, my boyfriend went to visit me, and we decided to celebrate his birthday there. What an amazing day it was!
    The highest point was the gondola ride, despite being expensive, I think everybody should try it! (The gondolier even sang a little song for about 10 seconds, but it was so special!)
    And the colors, the bridges, the canals… I’ve just realized how much in love I am with this place!

      James Milligan
      February 5, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      I am sure it is quite beautiful. But Venice was created in its glory in the days of riches and capitalism. Now, those days are gone for that city and what we have left are the beautiful remains.

    James Milligan
    February 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Why don’t you go there with me for a week?

    February 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Ahh everything in Venice just looks so amazing! I would love to go sometime soon, especially as it’s sinking, right? The food seems amazing, as well as the art and architecture.

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    February 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    This may have changed my opinion about whether to venture to Cinque Terre instead of Venice in June. Thanks for the information, as always Brooke!

    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    February 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I want to do a lllll of these things! Bookmarking this. Great post, thanks for sharing.

    Happy travels 🙂

    Kayti Clayton
    February 5, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I’m headed there in May and I can’t wait! Would love to hear some specific places you enjoyed visiting or eating at, maybe off the beaten path. Something someone new to Venice wouldn’t already have heard of!

    February 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Venice looks so nice I really want to make a trip there sometime!! I’ll be sure to do these things while I’m there!


    February 5, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Aaw I love Venice! And your bucket list is great. It’s definitively worth it to complete each point of it 🙂 xx, Carmen

    Hannie Blaise
    February 5, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Oh my, I just love Venice. So much. I got to do most of what was mentioned in this list and it was amazing. Will never forget about my trip there!

    Hannie Arden from.