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  • Sightseeing (4439)
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  • Food (3848)
  • Museums (3768)
  • Art (3098)
  • Shopping (2709)
  • Walking (2403)

Venice was highly rated for sightseeing by 509 guests from the United States!

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How can you enjoy the sights in Venice while avoiding the crowds?

daveo11
daveo11, Australia

16 days ago Report

Crowds can't really be avoided -- even in mid-April! Avoid bringing heavy cases into Venice unless you have an arranged water taxi to your hotel or are prepared to pay porterage. We left our cases in the car and brought backpacks.
Just wandering and soaking up the ambience was great. There are hundreds of interesting small restaurants and shops -- but they can become a bit "sameish" after a couple of days, like most tourist places.

Some say romance is dead; how does Venice prove them wrong?

Cristina
Cristina, United Kingdom

28 days ago Report

Been in Venice 4 times and still can surprise me. Was my husband 1st time , he love it and already booked another one for next year but this time with our kids. It's extremely romantic, with the gondolas , ancient churches and streets and even in such busy city like Venice you can find a quiet spot and listen ...simply like that. Love Venice.

What is it in Venice that makes history come to life?

Irina
Irina, Romania

29 days ago Report

We took a very long evening walk along the narrow lanes (did a loop) and reached San Marco square at the end, around 9:30pm, when there were hardly any people there but everything was lit. It was that "wow moment" when nobody expects it anymore. Very different atmosphere and view than during the day when the whole place is packed with tourists and vendors. I was with two people who hadn't seen Venice before and they listed this as their favourite moment of the trip.

Why do you recommend Venice for food?

James
James, United Kingdom

30 days ago Report

The food, especially seafood is great. Eating out in Venice is very expensive but there are several restaurants that do a tourist menu for about 12-15 euros for 2 courses. Do your research beforehand and watch out for hidden cover and service charges.

What's the best way to make the most of Venice by foot?

Sabrina
Sabrina, Canada

2 days ago Report

Step 1: Forget map at accommodation on purpose.
Step 2: Go for a walk.
Step 3: Deliberately get lost in the tiny alleyways (you will come across choices, i.e., go left or right or keep going - just pick one)
This is the best way to see Venice!!
You will eventually find something you recognize, and find your way back to your accommodation.
If in doubt, ask a local for help - Venetians are lovely people.

Why do people say Venice can be seen best by foot?

Georgia
Georgia, Australia

29 days ago Report

You discover more and getting lost in the little streets is part of the fun. You're never far from where you need to be and every street's a winner so get lost and fall in love with the unique homes, canals, boats, bridges, historical architecture and lovely people. There are flowers everywhere which add colour and a homey feel. Walking is also much cheaper than the water taxis & gondola rides are so expensive it's definitely a 'touristy' do it once to experience it

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Venice?

Lynn
Lynn, Australia

15 days ago Report

Visit the art galleries and churches
Visit the islands of Murano, Burano and Torchello
Ride the vaporetto (water boats) around Venice on an unlimited 72 hour pass

Why is the atmosphere in Venice something people rave about?

David
David, United Kingdom

4 hours ago Report

Venice has no roads, it is a huge pedestrian precinct. This means there is no traffic noise and things move at walking pace.
Venice has no city centre, no business district, no theatre area no shopping centre. Wherever you wander you will find a restaurant, a grocery store, a cafe or a cultural attraction.
There is charm and character throughout the city. It is a place where you have to take your time over things and only fools try to rush around.
Venice is a place you can keep revisiting because even if you try to visit the same places you saw on your last trip you will end up going down a different alleyway and discovering something new. I like that you get to a corner and the sign says left to Rialto Bridge and next to it is a sign that says right to Rialto Bridge. You can't get lost in Venice, or is it that you will get lost but it really doesn't matter- you'll get there in the end.
Go visit.

Tell us what you really thought about the art in Venice?

Georgia
Georgia, Australia

29 days ago Report

There is art for everyone here. From street art at the markets, humble galleries with beautiful water colour/oil paintings to purchase, to modern art viewing in the museums. A great mix of historical to new.

Which fine art museums should a first-time visitor to Venice start with?

Henry
Henry, United States of America

10 days ago Report

Peggy Guggenheim, unless you have not already been to museums in other parts of Italy. If that is the case, go to the Academy first.

Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in Venice.

Gordon
Gordon, Canada

26 days ago Report

Go to visit St. Mark's late in the day--4.30p. The sun shines in the window showing off the ceiling. Do take some of the tours--walking and Grand Canal Cruise. Take the vaporetto to Murano, Burano and Trocella. The tour was not worth the money as it was non-existant. A gondala ride is a pleasant extra.

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Venice.

oksigen88
oksigen88, Denmark

24 days ago Report

There are no cars or any other transport except water transport in Venice, which means no noise or pollution. Bars and restaurants close at 23:00 (only a few at 24:00), which again means no noise. Nights are very calm and quiet, great for walk and rest. It's a very relaxing city!

Is there more to shopping in Venice than just brand-name stores?

Sonia
Sonia, Australia

19 days ago Report

San Marco basilica is amazing, definetly take the opportunity to go inside. Walking through the streets is fun as you end up getting lost & finding another part of Venice. It's also fun watching (& riding) on the gondolas, it is very relaxing.

What seafood experience in Venice is still on your mind?

Ralph
Ralph, United States of America

11 days ago Report

Venice is known for their seafood specialties. Dine with that in mind. It is their strength. Ordering anything else (Spaghetti Bolognese or Lasagna or Spaghetti Carbornara) and you will be disappointed as these are not dishes they are known for.

What kind of boating is Venice best for?

Oliver
Oliver, Ireland

26 days ago Report

Great way to see the city at its best. Water taxi is expensive however and the Vaporettta is very busy. Seek out private operators for the best value.

What is it about the people in Venice that makes them so watchable?

kerry
kerry, Australia

19 days ago Report

We went early summer so busy with tourists from all over the world. Venice is a maze. When sitting for a coffee we had a kind chuckle at others trying to find their way, just like us. Didn't matter where they were from we all had the same frazzled look.

What effect did the scenery in Venice have on you?

György
György, Hungary

30 days ago Report

There were sunny and rainy days, San Marco both under water and "normal", darkness and early hours, too: as a tourist / visitor I couldn't but enjoy

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Venice.

akirkpat
akirkpat, United States of America

28 days ago Report

There are shops and shops and shops and shops. Watch your prices as the same handbag can vary as much as 20 euro between stores. Only get genuine murano glass (buy from a store that is certified), since the knockoffs from China are good, watch that the handbags and shoes are made in Italy before you purchase. You can get good gelato for 1 - 1,5 euro per scoop and the consistently best tasting ones were the fruit flavors. Watch the prices when you eat: there is one set of prices for sitting down (price may or may not include an additional cover charge), another one for take out and frequently another set for eating at a "bar" while standing.

Which spot is best for taking photos in Venice?

György
György, Hungary

30 days ago Report

The Campanile at San Marco certainly provides an excellent oevrview; unfortunately, I didn't take the trip to SanGiorgio and the Campanile there...

What makes Venice one of those classic city-trip experiences?

György
György, Hungary

30 days ago Report

Anyway, looking around in Venice is something of a challenge: too much depending on tourism, the attractions and services do their best disorienting the attention of the visitors

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