Itinerary for Venice Italy

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Thank you for visiting Destination Dorworth. Here we are going to share our very detailed and helpful 2-3 day itinerary for the beautiful Venice, Italy.

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2-3 day itinerary for venice italy

ITALY COUNTRY FACTS

Capital: Rome


Language: Italian


Time Zone: Central European Time (GMT+1)


Weather by season: Jan-Mar high 30-40s, Apr-Jun high 50-70s, Jul-Sep high 70-80s, Oct-Dec high 30-50s


Currency: Euro


Exchange Rate for the USD: 1.19 USD = 1 Euro (updated Sept 2017)


International telephone dialing country code: Calls from USA to Italy use 011-39-number | Calls from Italy to USA use 001-number | Emergency number: 113


Food they’re known for: Pasta and fresh fish


Drinks they’re known for: Wine (of course) and Bellini’s started in Venice


Tipping Expectations: You must ask for the check when you’re ready | Tip 5-10%


Popular Shopping Goods: Italian leather, purses, and lace


Common Shop Hours: 9am-1pm and 3pm-7pm


Taxi Information: You will want to walk around Venice mostly, but if you need to go far distances go to a water taxi stand and wait in line for one

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Hotel/Accommodation Recommendations for Venice

Here are the top five accommodations in Venice that are in a convenient location to all the action, have a romantic ambiance, and are good enough for our fine readers. They are listed below from most expensive to more budget friendly. Take a quick glance at them, book one, and download our Organized Travel PDF so you can write the booking details in your “Organize the Essentials List”. 


Name

Avg Cost per Night

Stars

Address, City (Neighborhood)

Check In Time

Checkout Time

Booking Link

Aqua Palace

$328

4

Calle de la Malvasia, 5492/a (city center)

2pm

12pm

JW Marriott Venice

$302

5

Isola delle Rose (Rose Island)

3pm

12pm

Hotel Excelsior

$271

5

Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi, 41 (Lido island)

2pm

12pm

Hotel Al Duca Di Venezia

$196

3

Santa Croce, 1739 (city center)

2pm

12pm

Hotel Nuovo Teson

$174

3

Calle Pescaria 3980/3981 (city center)

2pm

11am

Some of these hotels are on their own islands however the hotels have their own free water taxi’s to take you to the city center so it’s no additional cost.

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If you are looking for a more affordable option, an apartment rental is the way to go. Using Airbnb you can rent an apartment anywhere in the city. You typically don’t get the amenities of a concierge, breakfast, gym, pool, etc so you can get your stay for less than half the price of a hotel. You’ll want to book far in advance to get a good place with good reviews. Get $40 off your first booking here: BOOK AN AIRBNB


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Transportation Recommendations for Venice

Here are the sources we recommend you use to book transportation within the city. In Venice we recommend you water taxi from the airport to city center. Then walk most places around the city. Rental car not recommended.


Type (rental car, taxi, train)

Company

Avg Cost

Website

Rental Car

Rentalcars.com

~36-45E/day varies by location

Car Taxi

Radio Taxi Venezia

~40-45E from airport to city center

Train

Trenitalia

~6E/hr to visit another city

Water Taxi Shuttle

Alilaguna

15E from airport to city center

Booking Recommendations

In the itinerary charts below, you’ll notice we mention “book now” or “book later”.  If it says “book now” you truly must book tickets now, months in advance, as it’s a popular thing to do that sells out at peak times.  If we say “book later” you could book it just before leaving or you could even just show up to the location and buy tickets that same day...

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Trip Overview

2-3 DAY TRIP


DAY 1 East of the Grand Canal


DAY 2 West of the Grand Canal


(DAY 3 optional) Visit nearby islands: Rose Island, Murano Island, and/or Burano Island

Trip Details

DAY 1 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Be able to say you took a romantic gondola ride through the canals of Venice, Italy.


Today is all about immersing yourself in this watery, wonderland of Venice. Dip your toes into the culture here as you see some history, taste some traditions, and float down one of the most famous canals in the world: the Grand Canal of Venice.


Start by booking your admission to the most famous church here: St Mark’s Basilica. Be sure to wear a shirt with sleeves and cover up before you walk into this magical, golden basilica. Imagine being there when it was being built. The church was originally built in 828 but burned down. The current church was rebuilt in 1063 and it shows off Italian and Byzantine (12-13th century) architecture. When you’re done taking it all in, walk around the Piazza San Marco and San Marco neighborhood to do some shopping. The Campanile is also nearby if you want to go up the tower for views of the city.


Next up is the Palazzo Ducale or Doge’s Palace which was the home of Venice’s elected leaders. It too was burned down several times and now it stands as a museum. It’s pink and white marble designs and Venetian Gothic style make it one of a kind.


The Ca d’Oro is another glorious, gothic structure in Venice. It started as a home to several different owners and eventually became a public museum. The most beautiful part is the facade facing the Grand Canal with it’s lovely arches and external decorations. It might be a place to just look at from the outside, unless you have extra time and love museums.


At some point today when the weather is nice, you must check this thing to do off your bucket list: a gondola ride! You can find stands all along the Grand Canal to wait in line for one. Most rides are by the half hour which is plenty of time to soak up some sun and adventure through the winding canals of Venice. You’re lucky if the gondolier sings to you. Instead, focus on the sites, the architecture, and kiss whoever you’re with. What a romantic first day in Venice!

DAY 1 DETAILS


Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Website

Basilica di San Marco (St Mark’s)

930am-5pm (check the schedule; hours vary by season)

San Marco, 328

2E

Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square w/shops)

Hours vary by shop

St Mark’s Square

Free

-

Campanile (bell tower)

945am-7pm

San Marco, 328

8E

Palazzo Ducale (Palace)

830am-7pm (open until 11pm weekends)

San Marco, 1

20E

Gondola Ride

sunrise-sunset

-

~80E/half hour ride by yourselves

-

Ca d’oro (golden house)

Mon 815am-2pm; Tue-Sat 815am-715pm; Sun 9am-7pm

Via Antonio Canova, 16/20

Galleria Giorgio Franchetti is 13E

WEBSITE

BUY LATER

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:


Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Website

Harry’s Bar

1030am-11pm

Bar (order the Bellini which was invented here)

Sestiere San Marco 1323

$$

Caffe Florian

10am-12am

Snacks & Coffee

Piazza San Marco, 57

$

Dal Moro’s Fresh Pasta To Go

11am-10pm

Pasta to-go

Calle de la Casseleria, 5324

$

Osteria Orto dei Mori

1230-330pm and 7pm-12am

Italian

Campo de Mori, 3386

$$

WEBSITE

make a reservation

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DAY 2 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Get lost in Venice.


The more you explore Venice, the more you may realize it is impossible to get good directions and to know where you are at precisely. The streets are narrow, they are not linear, and boy are they clever. So just give in and get lost! Today is all about strolling the streets of Venice, stop in the shops that appeal to you, get gelato 5x if you wish, and enjoy yourself.


First up on the agenda is to visit the Santa Maria della Salute at the southern tip of Venice. It is an iconic church with an emblematic dome that became a symbol of the city.


Then walk west toward the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia which has the best collection of Venetian paintings.


It may be a good time for a lunch break after that. Then head North toward the Rialto bridge and the Rialto market for some shopping.


If you have some extra time today, it may be relaxing to take advantage of some pool time if the weather allows. Some resorts in Venice have beautiful rooftop pools with views, so slip on your swimsuit and do some relaxing under the Italian sun.

DAY 2 DETAILS


Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Website

Santa Maria della salute

9am-12pm and 3pm-530pm

Campo della Salute, 1

free

Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia

Mon-Sat 9am-6pm

Campo della Carita, 1050

9E

Ponte de Rialto (bridge)

-

Ponte de Rialto

free

-

Mercato del Rialto (market)

9am-8pm

Vicino il Ponte di Rialto

free

-

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:


Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Website

Al Parlamento Bar

730am-130am

Bar

Cannaregio, 511

$

Antico Forno

1130am-10pm

Pizza by the slice

Calle de L’ogio o de la Rugheta, 970/973

$

Bacareto de Lele

Weekdays 6am-8pm; Sat 6am-2pm; Sundays

Sandwiches

Campo dei Tolentini, 183

$

-

La Zucca

1230pm-230pm and 7pm-1030pm

Italian

Sotoportego del Tintor, 1

$$

Caffe dei Frari

9am-5pm

Sandwiches/Snacks

San Polo, 2564

$

Al Prosecco

Weekdays 10am-8pm; Sat 10am-5pm

Snacks & Wine Bar

S Croce, 1503

$$

Impronta Cafe

7am-12am

Italian

Sestiere Dorsoduro, 3815

$$

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OPTIONAL DAY 3 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Visit a nearby island and its beauty.


Today you have four options for island hopping. You could visit Rose Island (home to JW Marriott), Murano Island (known for its glass), Lido (beaches), and/or Burano Island (known for its lace). All are very close by. You have time to visit at least two. Choose based on whether you want to shop, dine, or relax!


- Rose Island: Rose Island is property of JW Marriott. The island is about 20min water taxi ride away from Piazza San Marco in the center of Venice. Once you arrive there, you can explore the property. JW Marriott has their resort there for residents only. However all the restaurants, gardens, and kids pool are open to the public. If you want you could walk the property and the trails. We recommend you consider going here for a fancy, Michelin star dinner. The Dopolavoro restaurant is operated by Chef Giancarlo Perbellini. It is truly a five star experience and our favorite meal in all of Italy.


-Murano Island: This small island North of Venice is known for its glass work if you want to do some shopping for pretty glass.


-Lido Island: To the south of Venice is this long barrier island with lots and lots of beaches.


-Burano Island: Here the houses are painted in lots of fun colors and it’s a fishing town. Everyone comes here to shop for lace. They also have a Museo del Merletto (Museum of Lace) to learn about the types of laces.

DAY 3 DETAILS


To visit the 4 islands, you can catch a water taxi on your own there. Or you can consider one of the pre-booked tour options below for Murano or Burano.


Tour Destination

Hours

Meet Up

Price

Website

Murano & Burano

4 hours

St Mark’s Square

$24.27

WEBSITE

[BOOK NOW}

Murano & Burano

5 hours

Central Venice

$42.47

WEBSITE

[BOOK NOW]

Murano Glass Factory

2 hours

San Bartolomeo

$36.40

WEBSITE

[BOOK NOW]

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:


Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Website

Dopolavoro

Weekdays 7pm-10pm; Weekends 1230pm-2pm and 7pm-10pm

Italian/Mediterranean

Rose Island

$$$$

WEBSITE

make a reservation

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Hello, we are Zach (@zachdorworth) and Steph (@stephdorworth). We are Mr & Mrs traveling the world one romantic city at a time while perfecting obsessively organized travel.

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Really appreciate all the excellent advice, especially when to book different activities. The thoroughness of your itinerary will be useful for when I finally get to plan that ever elusive trip to Italy!

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Whew! That took some doing! I so appreciate all the suggestions and feel sad to not be heading to Venice right now. Glad you made the post into a pdf as well. Very smart.

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Venice is love. And must say never saw such a detailed post. Thanks for making me fall in love with Venice once again 🙂

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Thank you for sharing such a detailed itinerary. I can’t believe a half an hour gondola ride costs 80 euro though!!

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    Yea, very expensive but a once in a lifetime experience.

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This is such an amazing itenirary and so detailed! I’m definitely going to bookmark this for when I go!

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    Emily, thanks so much! Hope you get to go someday.

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This is so helpful! I’ve only been in Venice once, and while we did see things like St. Mark’s Square, we really didn’t have a plan. It was a lot of wandering, and we missed so much. The next time, I’d actually like to have a plan, plus it sounds like there are so many more people there now that I would need one. Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia is at the top of the destination list. I wouldn’t mind giving one of those gondola rides at sunset a try and Palazzo Ducale, for sure. I’m pinning so I can find this again when we get ready to make plans. Thanks for sharing!

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    Patricia, we did a lot of wandering and getting lost too. Hope you get to go again!

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Your post includes really useful and informative tips. Lovely photos, brought back memories ! Venice is really a unique and beautiful city. For me, the best way to experience Venice is to pick a direction and wander. Getting “lost” allows you to stumble upon the city’s many secrets.

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Wow I love this! Such an extensive itinerary! You’ve really included everything you would to know for a top notch trip to Venice! thanks 🙂

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I love how much detail you went into!!! Definitely saving this for the future when I go to Venice!
Cheers
Diana

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    Diana, thank you so much! Hope you get to go someday 🙂

    Reply

Very detailed itinerary for Venice … many people will find this useful, great job!

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