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1 Day in Venice

By Viator, August 2018

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A single day in Venice could easily be eaten up by strolling along canals, snapping photographs, and climbing over countless bridges. But, for those looking to maximize time in the floating city, here’s how to pack in classic sights, a dose of culture, and some romance, too—all in one day.
 
Morning: See the Classics
It’s possible to hit the classic landmarks of Venice, Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, and St. Mark’s Basilica, in just one morning. Make the most of your time with skip-the-line tickets with premium access, as some of these tours also include secret itineraries, opening doors that aren’t normally accessible to the public. Alternatively, cover ground quickly with a hop-on hop off boat tour that allows you to get out on the water and see all the major attractions on your own schedule.
 
Afternoon: Cultural Immersion
Get to know the character of Venice by focusing on its culture. This could mean a guided food tour through the Rialto Market with stops for traditional Venetian snacks (cicchetti) or a private tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, home to works from artists including Jackson Pollock. Local culture is also found in off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods such as Dorsoduro, away from the major landmarks. Explore these spots on a walking tour or a Venice Canal cruise that sails down quiet, secret canals.
 
Night: Ghosts, Music, and Gondolas
It is tempting to find a restaurant along a small canal and remain there for a full evening, but there are many after-dark activities to try in Venice. Those interested in history may want to set out on a walking tour focused on Venetian ghosts and legends, while music fans might wish to get tickets for a local classical music concert. For romance, climb aboard an evening gondola for a ride along the lagoon, complete with serenade from your gondolier.

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Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour, Venice, null
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Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3582 Reviews

If it’s your first time in Venice, see all the highlights of this magical city on a combination walking tour of Venice’s narrow streets and a boat tour on the ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.65
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour, Venice, Super Savers
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 638 Reviews

See the best of Doge's Palace in Venice on a 1.25-hour skip-the-line tour! With a priority-access ticket, you won't waste time standing in line. Walk right ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 85 minutes (approx.)

From USD $58.25
Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Small Group Tour by Boat, Venice, ... 
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Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Small Group Tour by Boat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 121 Reviews

Explore some of the smaller, secret Venetian canals by motorboat on a 2-hour cruise, and discover the neighborhoods of Cannaregio, the Jewish Ghetto and ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.72
Venice City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Venice, Day Cruises
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Venice City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 162 Reviews

Discover the best that Venice has to offer with a 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on hop-off boat tour. See all the main sights from aboard an open-top boat. Cruise ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $23.78
Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner, Venice, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 597 Reviews

For the quintessential Venetian experience, take a serenaded gondola ride on the canals of Venice, followed by lunch or dinner – depending on your afternoon or ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.43
Venice Ghost and Legends Walking Tour, Venice, Gondola Cruises
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Venice Ghost and Legends Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 793 Reviews

Venice by night is steeped in mystery and the ghosts of the past! This 1.5-hour evening ghost walking tour takes you on a journey to the city’s hidden corners, ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.72
Venice Food Tour Including Rialto Market and Cicchetti, Venice, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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Venice Food Tour Including Rialto Market and Cicchetti

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Step away from the tourist trail to discover Venice’s culinary history from the days when the city was a major spice trade port through to the present day. As ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.97
I Musici Veneziani Concert: Vivaldi Four Seasons, Venice, Market Tours
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I Musici Veneziani Concert: Vivaldi Four Seasons

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

I Musici Veneziani in the famous and touching "Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi: four concerts for violin and strings that represent scenes of nature ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.48
Private Tour: Peggy Guggenheim Collection Guided Visit, Venice, Concerts & Special Events
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Private Tour: Peggy Guggenheim Collection Guided Visit

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Enjoy a 1.5-hour private guided visit of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of the most renowned masterpieces of modern art in the word. Overlooking the ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $237.77
Hidden Venice Walking Tour, Venice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Hidden Venice Walking Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 Reviews

A relaxing afternoon walking tour with an expert guide to discover some unusual areas of Venice, located off the beaten track. Enjoy a fascinating stroll from ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $26.15

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