The Ultimate Venice bucket list: Top 40 things to do in Venice

The Ultimate Venice bucket list: Top 40 things to do in Venice

Venice has a huge amount to offer holidaymakers, but if you’re finding your Venice guide books a little too overwhelming and almost don’t know where to start, then why not use our own bucket list of things to do in Venice when you visit?

1. Relax in St Mark’s Square

2. Take a gondola ride

3. Cross the Rialto Bridge

4. Enjoy a spot of people watching in the Campo Santa Margherita 

5. Visit the Jewish Quarter – the Ghetto Ebraico

6. Climb the Campanile of San Marco

7. Munch on frittelle at Venice’s most famouns pastry shop – Pasticceria Tonolo

8. Enjoy the views from the walkway at the Venetian Arsenale

9. Admire the elaborate facade of the Ca’ d’Oro Palace (Palazzo Santa Sofi) and explore the elaborate carved ceilings and flooring inside

10. Visit one of the world’s most unique book shops – the Acqua Alta book store

11. Marvel at the artworks in the Doge’s Palace

12. Buy some glass in Murano

13. Enjoy a bellini at the home of this famous cocktail – Harry’s Bar

14. Shop like a local at the Rialto market

15. Drink coffee in the world’s oldest cafe – Caffe Florian – established in 1720.

16. Admire Leonardo’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ and the other works of art in the Gallerie dell’ Accademia

17. Party behind your mask at the Venice carnivale

18. Eat cicchetti (small snacks similar to tapas) in a traditional bacari

19. Cross the Bridge of Sighs

20. Sunbathe on the beaches of the Venice lido

21. Admire the surrealist modern art at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

22. Dive into colour at the Orsoni Color Library

23. Take a traghetto (the transport locals use to cross the Grand Canal)

24. Marvel at the Basilica di San Marco

25. Enjoy one of the best views over Venice from the top of the San Zaccaria bell tower on San Giorgio Maggiore island.

26. Watch a performance at the Teatro La Fenice

27. Buy tickets to the Venice Biennale

28. Explore the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

29. Take the lift to the top of the campanile at the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

30. Find the plaque on the ancient Corte del Milion, believed to be the house of world famous explorer, Marco Polo.

31. Take a boat trip to the colourful houses and lace museum of Burano

32. Climb the snail staircase – Scala Contarini del Bovolo – in the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo 

33. Relax in the green space of Venice’s public gardens – Giardini Pubblici

34. Visit Il Redentore, the church built by survivors of the plague

35. Visit the 15th century former monastic Church of San Zaccaria

36. Learn about the myths, legends and spooky stories that surround Poveglia on a boat tour around the haunted island

37. Catch a vaporetto

38. Head out to Torcello island to glimpse the Byzantine mosaics in the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta

39. Marvel at the Antonio Vivaldi collection in the Music Museum

40. Get lost! There is no better city to get lost in than Venice!