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Ten Unique Things to Do in Venice

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It is always reductive to draw up a list of things to do in Venice. Actually, there are so many insights that talking about one seems inevitably wrong to the other. It is also true that in a world-famous city like Venice the “tourist” highlights end up by darkening its more unusual- but no less beautiful – side. Hence, here are ten unique things to do in Venice by choosing Venice City Tours, among them we have listed other “tips” alongside the essential steps.

1. Enjoy a boat tour along the Grand Canal

The most beautiful boulevard in the world…this is the nickname of the Grand Canal: with its 4 km and the beautiful frame of noble palaces reflecting in its waters, the Grand Canal can be easily discovered on a boat tour which also passes under the majestic Rialto Bridge, the oldest in Venice. So, one of the ten unique things to do in Venice is getting on public boat N.1 and admiring this wonderful show while listening to your audio guide by Venice City Tours…a highly rewarding experience!

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2. Visit St. Mark’s Square, Golden Basilica and Doge’s Palace

The main icons of the city, that’s why they absolutely deserve a visit as one of the ten unique things to do in Venice. True symbols of the power, richness and charm of the Serenissima over the centuries, these landmarks have always been attracting tourists from all over the world. With a self-guided tour by Venice City Tours you can easily visit the treasures of the most spectacular district of Venice and be stunned by the magnificence of its architectures.

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3. Discover the three islands of the lagoon

Part of the unique charm of Venice is given by the islands of the lagoon, a true must for tourists: Murano, Burano and Torcello. Each of them has its own peculiarities: Murano is worldwide famous for its glassmaking art, Burano for lacemaking and the picturesque fishermen’s houses, Torcello is the wildest and quietest, where the Venetian Republic was born.

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4. Attend a Classical or Baroque music concert

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In Venice art is inseparable from music, so if you want to fully experience what this beautiful city has to offer, among the ten unique things to do in Venice you must enjoy a concert of Classical or Baroque music. Concerts are often held inside of churches or ancient “Great Schools”. These special places offer the same 18th century atmosphere created by Antonio Vivaldi’s music. Let yourself be guided by the harmony and the pleasure that this experience is able to convey!

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5. Admire Venetian artworks

Since ancient times, Venice has boasted its masterful crafts: glass, gold jewelry, pearls, fabrics, masks…the Venetian handicraft tradition has always been appreciated all over the world. So, enjoy a pleasant tour by Venice City Tours in the most exclusive ateliers and workshops of the city…you will be amazed by the beauty of their artworks!

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6. For the true romantic: gondola by night

Everybody knows it: Venice is the romantic city par excellence…so, if you are going to visit it with your sweetheart, you can make a pleasant surprise by booking a dreamy night ride on a gondola by Venice City Tours: the fascinating lights and colors of the old palaces reflecting in the canals create a dreamlike atmosphere…Accompanied by a serenade or a romantic dinner, your fairytale experience is at its best!

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7. Walk through the calli

The “calli” are the distinctive feature of the urban setting of Venice, and a walking tour by Venice City Tours through these narrow alleys is an alternative and suggestive way of visiting the city, as well as one of the ten unique things to do in Venice. With varying length and width, their names recall famous people, churches or traditional activities…The best way to know the most authentic Venice is therefore a nice walk through its labyrinth of calli…to discover the most hidden architectures of this wonderful city.

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8. Live the magic of Venice Carnival

Venice cannot be conceived without its magical Carnival, unique in the world. So, if you are planning a visit to the city during this time of the year, you cannot miss a tour or an event celebrating Venice Carnival…from the scenic Carnival balls, where you can experience period dances in traditional clothing , to the walking theatre show, a delightful event for the entire family, where you will discover the places and listen to the fantastic stories that make up Venice Carnival.

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9. Get to know the mysterious side of Venice

If by day Venice offers its unique beauties, by night it brings back the echo of its ghosts and the mysteries of its history…What enigmas are concealed in the millennial foundations of the Serenissima? Immerse yourself in the deep heart of Venice and join an intimate and exciting night tour led by an expert guide from Venice City Tours…you will find yourself in particular places, apparently anonymous, linked to the most sensational and darker episodes in the history of this mysterious city….they will bewitch you!

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10. Visit the typical Bacari

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Last but not least, this experience deserves a place among the ten unique things to do in Venice. So, forget discos and elegant lounge bars, here in Venice nightlife has only one name: “bacarata”: people meet each other after work for a shade (un’ombra, so the Venetian call a glass of wine), in the so called bacari, typical inns with rustic decor and homely atmosphere. Here, you can taste some cicchetti, small snacks of typical Venetian dishes. In a safe tour by Venice City Tours you can visit some typical bacari, taste a traditional cicchetto accompanied by the ever-present shade of wine…on the discovery of the authentic Venetian savors!

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So, are you ready to experience the ten unique things to do in Venice? Remember that our top list is just meant to be a starting point for the thousands of different occasions that this wonderful city offers to be known…Enjoy your trip!