Venice Italy is a floating city made up of 120 islands and 450 bridges. The city is a maze of small streets, bridges and canals all full of timeworn buildings, strings of laundry and window boxes of flowers. Actually, to call Venice a maze would imply thought out planning. It’s more like a cluster %&#@, but a really, really great cluster %&#@. Maps and GPS are pointless. You will have the best experience wandering Venice Italy without a time schedule or agenda, stopping in as many cafes and little bookstores as possible. Don’t worry, you will hit the main attractions. Use these ideas and watch for what interests you along the way.  Divertiti!

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Best Things to Do, See and Eat in Venice Italy

Head to T Fondaco Terrace for a panoramic view of the Grand Canal.

Visit Doge’s Palace and check out the terrace views.

Walk across the Bridge of Sighs.

Take a gondola ride.

Stop in a Bacari for an Aperol Spritz and Chichetti.

Photograph the Grand Canal from Ponte dell’ Accademia.

Browse Venetian art at the Gallerie dell’Accademia.

Shop along the Rialto Bridge.

Photograph the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge.

Stop by the Rialto Market and people watch.

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Drink a Bellini at Harry’s Bar.

See the inlaid mosaics of St Mark’s Basilica.

Climb St Marks Campanile for views of the square below.

Feed the pigeons in St Mark’s Square.

Relax at Café Florian, the oldest café in Venice.

Take a Venetian Sweets and Coffee tour.

Enjoy Italian Opera at Virtuosi di Venezia.

Climb San Giorgio Maggiore for panoramic views of Venice.

Take a tour of the cities secret gardens.

Take the #1 vaporetti along the Grand Canal.

Grand Canal Venice Italy travel guideGo shopping in the Jewish Ghetto, the world’s first ghetto.

Photograph the unique Ponte de Chiodo.

Enjoy aperitivo at Campo Santa Margherita in Dorsoduro.

Tour the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of twentieth century art.

Shop for souvenirs along Strada Nuova.

Take a pastry making class.

Visit Castello and photograph the laundry lined streets.

Photograph the beautiful Ca’ d’Oro.

Tour the Teatro La Fenice opera house.

Explore the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

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See Tintoretto’s paintings at Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

Photograph the Punte della Dogana, old customs house.

Check out the former red-light district’s Ponte delle Tette, Bridge of Female Breasts.

See Casanova’s birthplace on Calle Malipiero.

Climb the Bovolo Staircase.

Tour Ca’ Rezzonico Palazzo and step back in time.

Eat risotto, seafood and tiramisu.

Create your own Carnival mask at Ca’ Macana Venezia.

Visit Squero di San Trovaso and see where gondolas are made.

Explore the unique Libreria Acqua Alta bookstore.

Check out the wooden puppets at L’isola di Pinocchio.

Watch a traditional Venetian printing session at Plum Plum Creations.

Head to Murano and watch a glass blowing demonstration.

Spend an afternoon in the colorful fishing village of Burano.

Take a day trip to the Prosecco vineyards for tastings.

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Venice Italy is a floating city of small streets, bridges, canals, timeworn buildings, strings of laundry, window boxes of flowers, cafes and little bookstores. Plan your trip using this collection of the best things to do, see and eat while visiting Venice. #Venice #Italy #Travel

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