Venice is a city like no other. The romantic canals, the stunning architecture, and the rich history make it an unforgettable destination for any traveler. But with only 2 days to explore, it can be overwhelming to decide what to see and do. Fear not, as we have compiled a guide of the top attractions to visit during your short stay in Venice.
Day 1: Exploring the Heart of Venice
St. Mark’s Square and Basilica
Start your day at the iconic St. Mark’s Square, the heart of Venice. Marvel at the grandeur of the St. Mark’s Basilica, an architectural masterpiece with its intricate domes and mosaics. Be sure to climb the Campanile di San Marco for a breathtaking view of the city.
Next, head to the Doge’s Palace, a stunning Gothic palace that was once the seat of power in Venice. Take a guided tour through the elaborate chambers, and don’t miss the famous Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to the prison.
Rialto Bridge and Market
Cross the Rialto Bridge, the oldest and most famous bridge in Venice. Explore the lively Rialto market, where locals have been buying and selling fresh produce for centuries. Be sure to sample some of the delicious local specialties, like fresh seafood and cicchetti (Venetian tapas).
Day 2: Discovering the Hidden Gems
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Start your day at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a museum dedicated to modern art. The collection features works by Picasso, Pollock, and Dalí, among others. The stunning views of the Grand Canal from the museum’s terrace make it worth a visit alone.
Murano and Burano Islands
Take a vaporetto (water bus) to the nearby islands of Murano and Burano. Murano is famous for its glass blowing, and you can watch artisans create intricate glass sculptures in their workshops. Burano is known for its colorful houses and lace-making tradition. Be sure to try the local seafood specialties on both islands.
San Giorgio Maggiore
End your day with a visit to San Giorgio Maggiore, a small island that offers stunning views of Venice. Take the elevator to the top of the bell tower for a panoramic view of the city and the lagoon. Don’t miss the beautiful church designed by Andrea Palladio.
Venice is a city that deserves more than just 2 days, but with this guide, you can make the most of your short stay. From the iconic St. Mark’s Square to the hidden gems of the islands, Venice is a city that will leave you breathless. So pack your bags, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.