Top things to do in Venice

Venice is popularly known as the city of canals
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Venice is a fascinating city, connected by canals and dotted with ancient cathedrals and buildings. It has found a new love angle to itself as it is gradually being loved by couples, for the romantic air and privacy offered. If you’re travelling to this wonderful place this love season, here’s a list of top things to do.

Go sightseeing

Venice has numerous attractions in terms of cathedrals, museums and art galleries. To name a few- 9th century Basilica di San Marco is an unforgettable sight; Gallerie dell’Accademia in Dorsoduro traces the development of Venetian art from the 14th to 18th centuries; Palazzo Ducale– a museum in San Marco- stands proudly on the waterfront and showcases itself as an exquisitely Venetian setting for the political and administrative seat of a great republic.

Experience a unique cuisine

Venice has its own unique version of Italian food. Experience exquisite Venetian at Riviera in Dorsoduro, other than food- the setting, overlooking the Giudecca Canal, is spectacular, encompassing views of Venetian domes backed by hot-pink sunsets. Try All’Arco in San Polo & Santa Croce- an authentic neighbourhood osteria (casual tavern) – for the best cicheti in town. Pasticceria Dal Mas is one of the most loved bakery-café in Cannaregio known for its delicious pastries, croissants and quiches. Ristorante Quadri in San Marco serves modern Italian cuisine. The dishes are precise and delicious, deftly incorporating Venetian touches into an inventive modern Italian menu.

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Take walking & boat tours

The best experiences in Venice will be either on foot or through boat tours. The city offers various such tour packages to give travellers a vast experience without wasting much time. 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 Grand Canal. You can also opt for Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade wherein you’ll be amazed by the beautiful sights of Venice on a 30-minute shared gondola ride and enjoy a serenade, too.

Enjoy nightlife

Experience Venice’s nightlife through the widely spread wine and cocktail bars. Al Prosecco, wine bar in San Polo & Santa Croce, is a forward-thinking bar specialising in vini naturi (natural-process wines). The beautiful Bar Longhi, cocktail bar in San Marco, may be too expensive, but if you consider the room, its signature orange martini starts to seem reasonable. Dress to the nines and swan straight past the ‘hotel guests only’ sign to the glamorous Bar Dandolo, in Castello, filling the grand hall of the 14th-century Palazzo Dandolo.

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Indulge in shopping

Offering a wide range of unique goods, one can pick just anything at the local street markets in Venice. Head to Marina e Susanna Sent in Dorsoduro and buy anything from wearable waterfalls to soap-bubble necklaces, the Venice-style signatures. Watercolour postcards of Venice at Paolo Olbi in Dorsoduro make for beautiful, bargain souvenirs. Nicolao Atelier in Cannaregio is a fairytale wonderland when it comes to clothing. Buy show-stopping jewellery, accessories and decorative objects from Oh My Blue in San Polo & Santa Croce.

 

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