Venice in 1 day is really a big challenge even for the best organized traveller. The city is such an open-air museum with so many museums and galleries to visit, extremely interesting walking itineraries to pencil in your visit, “osterie” and “bacari” where to enjoy local food and nice corners where to simply stop and admire the city.
No other choice but to squeeze a visit to the city in 1 day? Don’t despair as that’s where our experience as locals come into place! We have put together for you our fav 5 things to do in Venice in 1 day
Browse Rialto and the market around
Rialto used to be the commercial heart of the city and still retain this old function. Wake up early, and head to the local fruit and fish market still used by the locals for their weekly food shopping. Walk the Rialto bridge up and admire the view towards Ca’ Foscari: isn’t it breath taking?
Venice roofs from Fontego dei Tedeschi terrace
This former post office has now been turned into Venice’s poshest and most expensive shopping centre. What does it have to do on Earth with backpackers travelling on a budget? Well, they boast a roof terrace which can be accessed completely free of charge and, oh boys, a bird’s view of Venice is a must experience! Make sure you pre-book your free visit slot.
Jump on Vaporetto no. 1 and admire “Venice’s Champs-Élysées
While New York has the 5th Avenue, Paris the Champs-Élysées, in Venice we have the Grand Canal. It divides the city in 2 sides and it is flanked by the most ancient, best decorated and richest palaces belonged to doges, merchants and noble families. The only way to enjoy their facades reflecting on the water is to jump on the vaporetto no. 1. Get ready to dream and to take wonderful snaps for your Instagram. Highly recommended at night.
A visit to Saint Marks’ Basilica
Saint Marks’ Basilica is a quintessential experience as it embodies centuries of arts and Venetian life, spanning from the gothic Period to the Renaissance one. It’s covered by 9000 square metres of mosaics: you must see them! Smart Tip: the mosaics are only briefly lighted: from 11.30pm to 12.45pm, from Monday to Saturday.
A Spritz along with a special “cicchetto”
In Spain, we call them “tapas”, in Venice “cicchetti”. Every single bacaro has its signature cicchetto; a very special one you should be trying out? “Disco Volante” by Alex&Fred in Cannaregio: a gnammy slice of ham, salame or porchetta between 2 deep fried slices of aubergines.
Visiting Venice in 1 day is just like scratching its surface but it’s always a way to understand how special this city is and to how important it is to plan a longer stay. Looking for accommodation in Venice for a longer stay? Anda Venice can be your perfect accommodation base and you can book it here.