WHAT TO DO IN VENICE TODAY – DAILY TOURS SCHEDULE
Are looking for what to do in Venice today? Here a complete list of the best things to do today! Take a look and choose the tour that you prefer!
If you are Venice history lover, why don’t you participate to one of the guided visits to the Palazzo Ducale, to the San Marco’s Basilica or to the historical walking tours ?
Looking for anything more romantic? Get on a gondola and take a charming promenade along the Canal Grande where you’ll admire the main Venice attractions from a unique view!
What about some sparkling wine glasses with your friends? The sommelier Marco will welcome you in his cozy wine bar close to Galleria dell’Accademia (fine art Museum), in Campo (square) Santo Stefano.
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9:30 AM: Venice islands tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello . Start from Piazza San Marco and explore the three Venice islands!
The island of Burano is, next to the almost unpopulated Torcello, the one truly inhabitated centre of the northern lagoon. Known for its brightly coloured houses, it too was founded by refugees from the mainland escaping the barbarian invaders. It is far enough from Venice that the people of Burano feel like Buranei more than Venetian, and still strongly hold onto their accent, distinctly different from Venetian, and just as proudly they guard and promote their century-old traditions, first and foremost that of lace-making.
Enjoy a unique experience along the three-main islands of the lagoon with only € 20, click here!
10:45 AM: Guided visit to the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) with the Bridge of Sighs
Palazzo Ducale was the, the centre of Venetian power and the residence of the Doge. The imposing palace is a perfect example of Venetian gothic architecture, as Ruskin put it: the perfect fusion of East and West. What we see now is the third reconstruction of the Palace, dating back to the 14th century. The original nucleus was built in the year 828, just after the body of San Marco’s had been transported into the city from Alexandria; the building was then rebuilt and expanded in the early 12th century.
Unlike all other seats of ruling power, like fortresses and castles, the Palazzo Ducale is not built for defensive purposes, but merely to achieve aesthetic beauty. The imposing balcony you see facing the basin of San Marco was built in 1404, at the top of which stands the figure of Justice, the major symbol ruling over Venice
Do you know you can discover the seat of the Doge’s power and the Bridge of Sighs with only € 55? Click here!
11:10 AM: morning gondola ride on Canal Grande. Admire highlights as Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Fenice Opera House from a unique view. Gondola with commentary in 9 languages!
The gondola has always intrigued and inspired artists and writers with its elegance and aura of mystery; it has been compared to everything under the sun, from a coffin to a sea-shell, from a violin to a serpent and even a floating slipper. You are therefore welcome to make your own mind up on what it looks like to you. Undoubtedly, it is a perfect symbol of Venice, in that function precedes beauty, despite all appearances to the contrary. It took centuries for the gondola to become the perfect boat it is today. The first gondolas date back to a 1000 thousand years ago and were rather shorter and wider; it is only in the early 18th century that the gondola aquires the slender shape it has today, ideal for drifting nimbly along the web of narrow waterways that make up the city.
Embark on an exciting gondola ride with € 33, click here!
12:00 PM: Walking tour of Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) and the historical city center with Rialto bridge.
Piazza San Marco is the true heart of Venice, which Napoleon called “the most elegant drawing-room in Europe”. At the beginning there is the five-domed San Marco’s Basilica, known as the Golden Basilica and the Palazzo Ducale, the seat of Doge.
On the opposite side you can admire the Museo Correr, dedicated entirely to the Venetian history, here there are the royal rooms belonged to Sissi and Napoleon. Under the “Procuratie” (belonged to Correr too) you can sit and chat over a drink in the oldest café of world: the Florian, founded in 1720.
Discover the real soul of the historical Venice with only € 20, click here!
12:15 PM: Saint’s Mark’s Basilica tour with local guide.
The Basilica of San Marco is Venice’s jewel in the crown. The cathedral evokes the blending of East and West that is at the heart of Venetian character. More oriental than European, the architecture, the decoration and the atmosphere of ancient sanctity span both the centuries and the styles of Mediterranean civilisation. Originally built to house the body of St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice, which was smuggled from
Alexandria in 828. Started in the 9th century, the basic building dates from the late 11th century and the many domes from the 13th.
Visit the wonderful Basilica with its golden mosaics with € 32, click here!
2:30 PM: Venice Glassblowing demonstration in Piazza San Marco. See an artisan creating a items with the Murano glass techniques.
The work of all Mastri Vetrai – Master Glassmakers – had to abide by the Mariegole (from the Latin “matricula”), a set of rigid standards which regulated all arts, crafts and professions in the territories of the Venetian Republic. Glassblowing was arguably the most valued and prestigious profession, and so in 1605 a Libro d’Oro – Golden Book – of master glassmakers was issued to keep a record of the all the craftsmen who practiced the profession and so were worthy of Muranese noble hood. The State decided to start this Book to ensure the secrets of glassmaking never left Murano, and the punishment for betraying or divulging such secrets outside of Venice were extremely severe. To guarantee the quality of glass production, each shop had to receive official authorization, it could have no more than three furnaces and could only carry out the work at specific times of the year. In the Republic’s heyday there were between 15 and 20 authorized laboratories.
Discover this historical art come from the Romans with € 9, click here!
3:10 PM: Gondola ride with Italian serenade along the Canal Grande, Venetian musicians will play for you famous Italian songs
Gondola serenades have always been part of Venetian culture, an unchanged tradition for an unchageable city. Venice is indeed unique because unlike other cities, which require leaps of imagination to see their past, it remains just like it was a thousand years ago, with the same palaces, squares and canals.
If you look around, what you will see is almost exactly what a nobleman in the 18th century might have looked upon, and before him a Renaissance courtesan and before him a merchant in the Middle Ages.
Watch the ancient façades of the palaces in an exclusive gondola tour with € 93, click here!
3:45 PM: Unusual walking tour along Venice city center. Along the itinerary you admire the Fenice Opera House, the Scala Contarini del Bovolo (the breathtaking spiral staircase), Rialto Bridge with its traditional markets and much more!
The Fenice Opera House was built in 1792, the Fenice, meaning phoenix in Italian, has often lived up to its name, just like the bird that rises from its ashes.
In fact, it first burned down in 1836 and more recently in 1996, which has become one of the most tragic moments in modern Venetian history. However, both times it was rebuilt exactly “how it was and where it was”, just like a phoenix. The composer
Giuseppe Verdi is most attached to the Fenice and to Venetian memory, especially since, with his patriotic operas, he became a great symbol for the Venetian struggle against the Austrians, who were ruling over the city in the mid-19th century. For Venetians the Fenice remains a symbol of Venice’s resilient and undying nature as well as a classy place to enjoy a night out.
The Unusual Venice, discover the hidden parts of the city with € 23, click here!
4:00 PM: charming gondola ride on Canal Grande with commentary! Along the itinerary: Mozart’s House, Phoenix Theatre, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Gritti Palace, Santa Maria della Salute and the enjoy the amazing view of Piazza San Marco with its unique bell-tower.
The Canal Grande twists through the city like a serpent for 3 and a half kilometres, lined with palaces of extreme beauty, belonging to the most important families of note in Venice. Contrary to appearances, however, these palaces were not just for social snobbery. Since everything in Venice is a perfect fusion of beauty and practicality, the palazzi were surely a display of a family’s wealth to the world, but they were first and foremost solid commercial enterprises. Indeed, he entrance from the Canal would lead to the building’s magazzino, a large hall to store the goods being shipped in and out.
Enjoy the gondola cruise through Venice’s hidden waterways with € 33, click here!
5:00 PM: Sparkling wine (Prosecco) tasting at a Italian wine bar: “ Ai Do Cancari”. Very close to Accademia Bridge
The first known mention of the Prosecco was due to Fynes Moryson (English exploratory), although he used the spelling Prosecho. Moryson, visiting the north of Italy in 1593, notes: “Histria is divided into Forum Julii, and Histria properly so called … Here grows the wine Pucinum, now called Prosecho, much celebrated by Pliny”. He places Prosecco among the famous wines of Italy.
Nine regions along Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia produce the famous Prosecco DOC. Meanwhile, the Prosecco Superiore DOCGG (the most common in Venice) is made only from the Valdobbiadone vineyards, in the north of Treviso (30 minutes from Venice). The hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadone became UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.
Taste the Italian excellence with € 39, click here!
6:30 PM: Afternoon serenade along the Canal Grande and its romantic canals! Singer and musicians will play Italian song to make your Venice gondola ride unforgettable
It is often said that Venice’s history is intimately linked to Cupid, and it is surely a place where both eroticism and romanticism run wild. If Casanova’s pleasure-seeking tales lean on the erotic side, it is also true that Venetians still choose a romantic gondola ride on their wedding day, the only time they will be seen on one in fact.
Enjoy a romantic serenade along the Grand Canal with € 41, click here!
8:00 PM: Legends and ghosts tour: walking tour along Rialto, Cannaregio and Castello area to discover the most unusual and secret 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 enjoy the city by night. Venice has hundreds of scary and mysterious tales, as the Ca’Dario Palace history, the lovers of Torcello, the Levatino of San Giovanni’s Square and many others!
Discover the mysterious legends of the city with € 26, click here!