How to Spend 3 Days in Venice
Venice is filled with large and small canals, boats of every shape and size, and bridges.
With three days in Venice, you can experience the city’s waterways in full and still have time for museum visits and food tours.
Pre- or after cruise options for those who wish to receive life-time experience.
In three days, you can:
- Check off all the must-see sights;
- Immerse yourself into Venice culture.
Tip: Take advantage of sightseeing passes and super saver deals offering discounts on combined excursions and activities
Boats and Behind-the-Scenes Experiences
A hop-on hop-off boat tour allows you explore the city’s landmarks at your own pace.
Spend your first day sightseeing from the water, hopping off at points of interest
- Peggy Guggenheim Collection;
- The Cannaregio district;
- The Doge’s Palace;
- St. Mark’s Basilica.
Tip: Book skip-the-line tickets for each museum to maximize your time.
Options after you finish your hop-on hop-off boat tour:
- Carnival mask-making class, or
- gondola school for gondolier lessons.
Take a typical Venetian boat for a sunset cruise and watch the city lights flicker to life.
Taste of Venice
- Discover more of the Venetian lagoon with a half-day tour to the nearby islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello.
- Each of them known for local glassworks, handmade lace, and historic churches, respectively.
- Book a Murano glass factory tour and workshop.
Once you’re back in Venice, take a food tour that takes you hopping between local cicchetti bars for traditional pre-dinner snacks.
Evening: get tickets to an evening opera performance.
Venetian Lagoon and Beyond
Venice’s northern Italy location allows travelers can easily fit in a day trip to a nearby destination:
- Learn about the story of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet on a full-day tour to Verona; or
- Venture to Italy’s Dolomite Mountains for a 1-day outdoor adventure with peaceful lakes, mountain trails, and relaxing mountain villages such as Cortina.
Tip: Look for a tour that includes hotel pickup, entrance fees, and lunch.