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What to see in Venice in 3 days

It is certain that Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and probably also in the whole world: its streets are literally an open-air museum.

To visit and get to know the city properly it takes more than just 3 days but if you don’t have more time avaible, you shouldn’t renounce on a visit to Venice.

Therefore, we put together some tips on what to see in Venice in 3 days, so that you’ll be able to fully enjoy the beauty of the capital of the region Veneto and you will discover plenty of hidden and suggestive corners.

Day 1: The classic Venice

The itinerary that we have designed for you implies that you have about 3 full days available: from the morning of the first day to the evening of the third. Therefore, it would be perfect if you could stay 4 nights in Venice and thus have 3 full days to explore the city and its surroundings.

We’ve chosen the arrival day to introduce you to the full beauty of Venice, where you will  immediately reach the heart of what is probably the most fascinating city in Italy.

When organizing your 3 days in Venice, remember to book a hotel central enough, so that you can reach all spots by walk.

Another good solution that we would like to sugguest you is to reach Venice by bus (stopping in Piazzale Roma) or by train (to Santa Lucia station).

In case you arrive by car we suggest you to leave it in the Mestre district, where parking is not too expense, while Piazzale Roma is not so affordable.

So now we hope you are curious to discover what to see in Venice in 3 days.


San Marco Square

After checking in, leave the hotel and head straight to one of the most famous squares in Italy, Piazza San Marco. There you will finde some iconic buildings of the city overlooking it: the Basilica of San Marco, the Bell Tower, the Clock Tower and the Doge’s Palace.

After visiting the cafes and bookstores of the Procuratie, the buildings located on the alongside the square characterized by typical colonnaded arches, you will be ready for visiting the imposing Basilica: entrance is free, but the queue is usually very long. We advise you to book a privileged access to avoid queuing up.

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The Bridge of Sighs

At this point we recommend you to visit the famous Bridge of Sighs, one of the most emblematic (and photographed) monuments of Venice. This bridge connected the Doge’s Palace to the Prison and was given this name because, as history tells us, the prisoners, whenever crossing it, used to sigh at the thought of never being able to see the world again.

The Rialto bridge

The next great thing to see is the Rialto Bridge: you will reach it after a short walk through the magnificent Venetian streets. This is probably the most fascinating of the 4 bridges that cross the Grand Canal. Once you are on the bridge stop over and admire the view, which is simply unforgettable!

Tour between the canals

The ideal plan to finish the day is a tour of the canals: you can choose different types of transport means from the gondola (expensive, but certainly characteristic), to the water taxi, or the vaporetto (fair). The latter is certainly the most economical method: with line 2 you can cross the Grand Canal to San Marco and end the tour through the Giudecca Canal and the Tronchetto.

Day 2: The Islands of Venice

For your second day in Venice, we recommend you to organize a tour to discover some of the most characteristic islands of the lagoon. Between moving from one island to another you should stop over and have a walk through each island. Like this you will discover the most picturesque corners to photograph and the day will pass in a glimpse!


Your tour should start with Murano, which is probably the most famous island in the Venetian lagoon. This is the island of the popular and artistic blown glass, thus you should visit one of the typical glass factories. There are many sites that organize demonstrations for tourists!


The next visit could be to the island of laces: Burano. We decided tu suggest you this island because of its characterstic narrow streets, that are surrounded by beautiful colored houses.



Finally, if you still have some time left, you can also stop in Torcello. Once this island was the most populated of the whole lagoon, nowadays however, it is now almost uninhabited. Nevertheless, it has not lost its incomparable charm.

Important stops are the churches of Santa Maria and Santa Fosca: setled close to each other they do not seem to undergo the passage of time.

Day 3: Discover “hidden” Venice

We have reached the last of your 3 days in Venice and we are convinced that the right way to visit this magnificent city is to discover it from always new and different points of view. For this reason, we have put together 3 original activities capable of making your trip truly unique.

Visit the Acqua Alta Library

To kick your day off with a good start, head straight to the Acqua Alta Library, one of the most photographed places recently on Instagram!

It is in fact a very touristic place, but this does not change the fact that it is magnificent: gondolas, old boats and tubs are being used as containers for books of all kinds.

Peek around: you will find real treasures.

The Jewish Ghetto

Then move on to the Sestriere di Cannaregio to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the historic Jewish Ghetto. The Ghetto was established in 1561 and the Venetian Jewish community still lives here.

After crossing the Ponte delle Guglie you will step into a neighborhood far from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Venice: small shops and pastry shops are spread all over the place. We recommend you to try traditional Jewish pastries as you stroll through the streets!

If you have some spare time available you could visit the Jewish Museum to learn more about the history of the Jewish community in the city.

Food & drink tours

Visiting a bacari is an unmissable experience in Venice! These small and traditional taverns are welcoming and familiar places where you can still try the traditional cuisine of the past. It is here that, even today, the Venetians stop for the typical Spritz aperitif (the famous Venetian cocktail) and cicchetti (the great variety of accompanying appetizers).

If you join a food tour through Venice you will be able to try the most traditional delicacies: from sardines in saor, to creamed cod and mozzarella in carrozza. An experience you can’t miss before leaving Venice!

We hope that our suggestions on what to see in Venice in 3 days can help you plan your holiday in the fabulous city of Venice.