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What to do with 24 hours in Venice?

I am going on a Mediterranean cruise in June and will have a full 24 hours in Venice on the last day.  I'd like to make the most of my time there! What kinds of things should I do with in a short amount of time?


13 Answers

top answer by
Maria from Dublin

Venice will be busy in June. If this is your first trip to Venice you should buy a Vaporetto ticket and travel down the Grand Canal. You will have to be very selective about what to see in 24 hours. I suggest Piazza San Marco Basilica di San Marco Doge's Palace and  Peggy Guggenheim Collection You will have travelled under the Rialto Bridge For lunch maybe stop at Al Merca' behind the Rialto market where you can get a glass of Prosecco or wine with some lovely Cicchetti, standing with the local Venetians. Then just walk and try to get lost! To really experience Venice you need to walk through the back streets and see what you find!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Venice (city)
  2. Piazza San Marco (attraction)
  3. Basilica di San Marco (attraction)
  4. Doge's Palace (attraction)
  5. Peggy Guggenheim Collection (attraction)
  6. Rialto Bridge (attraction)
  7. Al Merca' (attraction)
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answered by
Sabine from Hamburg, Germany

Hi Josh, I agree with Maria - great tips.

If you can "squeeze" it in, book a boat trip (starting at Riva degli Schiavoni, down Piazza San Marco) to the islands Murano Island and Burano in the lagoon of Venice. Great tips for a short stay you'll find at 

https://quickvenic e.com/

You can buy a 24 hour ticket (vaporetti) for ca. € 10,00 and hop on and off a vaporetto wherever and whenever you want. The Linea Uno passes all along the Grand Canal.

One more thing: don't have a seat and a drink (not even a coffee) at the San Marco Square!!!! They charge up to € 20,00.....

Best regards and have fun in Venice

Sabine


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Riva degli Schiavoni (attraction)
  2. Piazza San Marco (attraction)
  3. Murano Island (attraction)
  4. Burano (island)
  5. Grand Canal (attraction)
  6. San Marco Square (attraction)
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answered by
Pat from Cambria

Sorry to say, with the crowds you won't be able to "see" much. I concur, buy a 24-hour pass for the vaporetto and cruise the canals. Get off when you want and rejoin the next boat that comes along. You can spend the entire day and evening doing just this. Walk thru San Marco but the crowds will convince you to try the other quieter piazzas elsewhere. Don't miss Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta I Gesuiti in Fondamenta Nuove, it is spectacular. 


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answered by
Marc

So there is a unique four hour option away from the crowds and the tourist route: take a boat to the island of Torcello Island, the cradle of the entire Venetian civilization 1500 years ago, and have lunch at one of the lagoon's most renowned restaurants, the historic Locanda cipriani.  I bet that would be the highlight of your whole trip (it has been ours several times!).


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  1. Torcello Island (island)
  2. Locanda cipriani (restaurant)
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answered by
Dawn

Piazza San Marco and the Doge's Palace. After that, just walk the narrow streets and enjoy!


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  1. Piazza San Marco (attraction)
  2. Doge's Palace (attraction)
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answered by
Kit from Chicago

Venice is beautiful, but incredible difficult to navigate. Make sure that you use the water taxis to get around, otherwise you might find yourself struggling to get around. I recommend going to the Guggenheim Museum and seeing San Marco Square.


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  1. San Marco Square (attraction)
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answered by
Riccardo from Venice

Have you hever seen Venice? If not, I think it's a good suggestion what you have received form Maria O'Dwyer. If you was there in the past, you can choose different ways.

Some suggestions are to lose yourself on the ways (here called Calle) starting from the food and fish market close to Rialto Bridge, after a quick snack (tramezzino and a prosecco wine), you can go to se the La Biennale di Venezia and, if you still have energy you can take your camera and take the Ponte dell'Accademia as start point of your pics journey. Enjoy it


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Venice (city)
  2. Rialto Bridge (attraction)
  3. La Biennale di Venezia (attraction)
  4. Ponte dell'Accademia (attraction)
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answered by
Marie from Las Vegas

I remember my first visit to Venice. It can be quite overwhelming and you worry about getting lost, which is actually a big part of the fun. People have given you quite a lot of great suggestions. I think for a first time visit some of them may be a bit ambitious to squeeze all into one day. Depending on what time your cruise arrives in Venice may dictate what you can see and do on your own. From where your ship docks most likely near Piazzale Roma you have to get to San Marco which can take maybe 45 minutes after you take the people mover to Piazzale Roma. You may want to look at both the vapparetto option (water taxi) or the Alilaguna. The Alilaguna has a stop closer to the cruise ship area and can be faster as it does not have as many stops. Also if the vaparetto are on strike, the Alilaguna may still be running. If you google both options you can see the maps and whatnot of the area. Checkout tour companies like Walks of Italy. They have some great guides with skip the line options. Be sure to check out their chicetti tour. The one I did included a walking tour on one side of the canal before crossing near the Rialto Mercato to enjoy the food in the area. Our guide then recommended several great options for dinner that were not as expensive as the main touristy places. Try Osteria al Diavolo e l'Acquasanta. The squid ink pasta was amazing. I've been to Venice four times now. I finally took a gondola ride and loved it. It can be pricey so if you have friends from the ship who want to do it too, check out a group option to split the price. 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Piazzale Roma (attraction)
  2. San Marco (neighborhood)
  3. Rialto Mercato (attraction)
  4. Osteria al Diavolo e l'Acquasanta (restaurant)
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answered by
Carole

Wander around as soon after dawn as you can manage it.  Make your way to the Grand Canal and get on a vaporetto  (water bus) going towards the farthest end of the Grand Canal from where you get on. Sit in the front or rear rather than in the cabin and have your camera ready for some amazingly beautiful photos as the dawn light makes the palaces along the Canal glow. Wander the streets before the hordes of tourists arrive, when it's just you and the people who live and work in Venice. Some must see sights are the Scuola Grande Di San Rocco, the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari,  and the church of Gesuiti.  And eat lots of gelato. If you have the time, there are many wonderful small group tours that I can recommend to you based on your particular interests.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Grand Canal (attraction)
  2. Scuola Grande Di San Rocco (attraction)
  3. Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (attraction)
  4. Gesuiti (attraction)
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answered by
Dave from Houston

Taking a Vaporetto the length of the Grand Canal can be a joyous introduction to Venice. Try to catch one of the boats with room for you to position yourself outside the cabin in the very front of the boat. That way you'll have the full panoramic view of that journey. If you have an iPhone you might record a video of your trip. Avoid taking a vaporetto if crowded such that the only place for you would be inside the cabin. Very important to be outdoors in the bow of the boat.

With a large cruise ship in port the most touristy areas can be crowded elbow to elbow making them unpleasant. This is especially true for Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. Get out of those areas and wander the back streets.




answered by
Amit

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Grand Canal (attraction)
  2. Campanile di San Marco (attraction)
  3. Saint Mark's Basilica (attraction)
  4. Doge's Palace (attraction)
  5. Rialto Bridge (attraction)
  6. Sculoa Primaria Di Classe (attraction)
  7. Scuola Grande Di San Rocco (attraction)
  8. La Gondola Rossa (hotel)


answered by
Diane from New York City

Go to the Piazza San Marco see the church and the Doge's Palace , take a gondola ride even though they are expensive and touristy ( just negotiate price first and insist on going off the grand canal onto side waterways. Do a little shopping on the Rialto Bridge . At night don't miss the opportunity to have a $20 cup of coffee in St. Mark's Square  while listening to music ( can be entertained for hours for your $20 coffee no one will rush you.  

Try and save some time to just wander through the back streets and get lost it is so interesting and you see place locals go. There are always signs that point you back to the Rialto Bridge or the Piazzo San Marco 

Venice is magical at night 

One of my favorite cities!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Piazza San Marco (attraction)
  2. Doge's Palace (attraction)
  3. Rialto Bridge (attraction)
  4. St. Mark's Square (attraction)


answered by
Sharon from Riverwoods

St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace. Walk, walk walk and eat, eat eat. Pass on the Gondola ride. Enjoy watching them instead.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. St. Mark's Square (attraction)
  2. Doge's Palace (attraction)




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