Venice travel itinerary. This enchanting city built on water, is a destination that captivates visitors with its romantic canals, stunning architecture, and rich history.
There’s something about Venice that holds a special place in my heart. Perhaps it’s the memories of my time living in Italy, that allowed me to experience Venice beyond the typical tourist attractions. I discovered hidden neighborhoods, secret squares, and tucked-away trattorias serving up authentic Venetian dishes. But it was the everyday moments that truly stay in my heart. The sight of gondoliers navigating the canals with effortless grace, the sound of church bells echoing through the labyrinthine streets, and the aroma of freshly brewed Italian espresso lingering in the air.
Get ready to explore the must-see places and indulge in unforgettable experiences in this unique and magical city! MammaMode’s immersive 3-day itinerary will allow you to make the most of your time in Venice.
Venice is more than a destination—it’s an experience that will leave an everlasting imprint on your soul.MammaMode
Venice Travel Day 1: Discovering Venice’s Icons and Hidden Gems
- Start your day in St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), the heart of Venice. Marvel at the grandeur of St. Mark’s Basilica and climb the Campanile for breathtaking panoramic views of the city. I highly recommend visiting early in the morning. Crowds can be thick with tourists at peak season.
- Take a leisurely gondola ride through the picturesque canals, admiring the charming bridges and historic buildings that line the waterways.
- Explore the lesser-known neighborhoods of Dorsoduro and Cannaregio, where you’ll find hidden gems such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and local artisan workshops.
- In the evening, savor authentic Venetian cuisine at a traditional osteria or trattoria, and stroll along the canals to witness the city’s romantic ambiance.
Venice Travel Day 2: Immerse Yourself in Venetian Art and Culture
- Begin your day with a visit to the Doge’s Palace, a symbol of Venetian power and opulence. Admire the stunning artwork and walk across the Bridge of Sighs, capturing a piece of Venetian history.
- Explore the art galleries of the Accademia and admire masterpieces by Venetian masters such as Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese.
- Visit the Rialto Market, bustling with activity and offering a glimpse into the daily life of Venetians. Sample local delicacies and indulge in fresh seafood.
- End the day with an unforgettable opera or classical music performance in one of Venice’s historic theaters, immersing yourself in the city’s rich cultural heritage.
Venice Travel Day 3: Island-Hopping and Venetian Craftsmanship
- Embark on a boat trip to the nearby islands of Murano, known for its exquisite glass craftsmanship. Many hotels offer free tours to and from the glass factories, where you can Witness master artisans at work and find unique souvenirs.
- Take a boat to Burano, famous for its colorful houses and intricate lacework.
- Enjoy a relaxing walk along the tranquil streets of Giudecca, soaking in the peaceful atmosphere and taking in the breathtaking views of Venice from across the water.
- Visit the stunning Santa Maria della Salute, a magnificent Baroque church that offers a beautiful vantage point over the city.
- Take a final gondola ride as the sun sets, capturing the ethereal beauty of Venice and bidding farewell to this enchanting city.
Where to Stay
I highly recommend finding an Airbnb or hotel in the Dorsoduro area. Here you can escape the crowds and explore a vibrant district that offers a more local and authentic experience. This bohemian area is home to several art galleries, quirky shops, and hidden cafés. As you wander through the narrow streets and picturesque squares, you’ll discover a side of Venice that is less explored but equally captivating. It’s only a 10-minute walk to the train and bus station and all the major sites.
Prestigious historic apartment- If you want to be immersed in the culture and feel like you are truly staying in a Venetian apartment, this apartment checked every box. Filled with antiques and curiosities and a rooftop terrace overlooking a canal with sweeping views of Venice. This is Where we stayed!
Cà dei Dalmati -A uniquely charming place with breathtaking canal views from every window. Its elegant interiors, spaciousness, and three large bedrooms make it perfect for a memorable stay in Venice. Centrally located near landmarks like S. Marco and Arsenale, it offers both convenience and beauty in one remarkable package. It is pricy but can host 6 guests if you split the costs, they just don’t allow children.
Where to Eat
The city’s vibrant food scene offers a myriad of options to please every palate, from indulging in savory cicchetti at local bacari, to savoring traditional Venetian dishes in charming trattorias. Here are my favorite places and culinary gems in Venice.
Bacareto da Lele– Fondamenta dei Tolentini, 183, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
One of the smallest yet one of the most efficient and most popular bacari in Venice is the “” which has everything a Venetian and a Venice lover would desire in a bacaro! Friendly hosts, incredibly efficient service, great cichetti ( small snacks) good wine, and all at a very cheap price (small glass of wine from €0.70, while cicchetti and panini are €1 each). Is that even possible? It absolutely is!
This tiny pastry and coffee shop is a must in Venice! It’s where many Venetians (and myself) start their day. The coffee comes served in beautiful blue and white china cups, and the cakes and desserts are exquisite. There are no chairs or tables at Tonolo but you can find room at the coffee bar. It’s more of a place to grab a quick coffee and dessert than a place to stay for hours.
Panifico Barozzi Salizada San Pantalon, 86/a, 30135 Venezia VE, Italy
A great bakery with coffee, bread, and Italian breakfast pastries like chocolate Crossaints, Crostata, Mele in Camica and Giroatoli. In fact you may want to try them all, which is fine because you’ll be walking alot in Venice! I loved that they have a few inexpensive ready-to-go home-cooked items like amazing Parmaseana di Melenzane, Lasagna, pizza, and Manicotti. These were perfect for us as we had our baby napping usually over lunchtime, so we could eat in and rest ( before hitting the next pastry shop in the afternoon) The owners were always super friendly and you can also pick up big water bottles and juice boxes for the road.
This is more than just a dining experience; it’s a journey of flavors and emotions. From the first delectable morsel to the final sip of wine, every moment is infused with the kind of magic that only comes from a truly exceptional menu. Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in this hidden gem and create foodie memories that will last a lifetime. You must book in advance to get a table, I recommend calling a few months or weeks in advance.
Cà D’Oro alla Vedova– 3912 Ramo Ca’ d’Oro, Venezia, Veneto
A wide selection of Cicchetti and the most delicious meatballs to enjoy while standing and sipping an “ombra” (small glass of house wine), along with one of my favorite trattorias for a traditional Venetian dinner. Pasta alle Vongole!
Trattoria dalla Marisa– 652 Fondamenta S. Giobbe, Venezia, Veneto
A place to experience Authentic Venetian Delights! Located in Canareggio near the picturesque bridge of the Three Arches, Trattoria dalla Marisa is a hidden gem, tucked away from the tourist crowds. This cherished local spot has been serving the community since 1965, and it continues to be a beloved place. Immerse yourself in true Venetian style as you savor the flavors of traditional cuisine prepared with passion and authenticity.
Gelateria Da Nico- Fondamenta Zattere Al Ponte Lungo, 922, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy
Enjoy Venetian ice cream at Gelateria Da Nico, a local cafè overlooking the canal with a stunning terrace. Ask for the “Gianduiotto Da Nico”, a piece of Gianduia chocolate a scoop of ice cream with homemade whipped cream on top… delicious! Hands down the best gelato in Venice.
At the foot of the Ponte dei Pugni, there is a fruit shop located on a boat moored on the shore. Opened in 1947, the Fruit Boat is a historical piece of Dorsoduro. The strawberries and flat peaches are amazing and it’s a great place to grab some refreshing fruit while you wander the streets of Venice. If it’s not too busy, you can usually ask the woman to wash the fruit for you in the back and enjoy it right away.
Venice, with its timeless beauty and enchanting allure, is a place of wonder, where every corner tells a story and every canal holds a secret. With this 3-day itinerary, you can immerse yourself in the magic of Venice, visiting its iconic landmarks, exploring hidden gems, and embracing the vibrant culture. I hope this itinerary helps to be your guide to creating unforgettable memories in one of the world’s most extraordinary cities. enjoy!