You have just arrived in Venice with a 24 hour layover but you don’t want to waste it. Venice is the capital of the Northern Italy Veneto region, made up of more than 100 small islands to create this timeless city. With no roads and just water to travel by, the entire city feels somewhat like a dream, complete with the historic gothic buildings surrounding it.
With the help of our Lokafyer Annalisa from Italy, we were able to come up with a MUST-DO itinerary of 24 hours in Venice!
Dive into History at the Piazza San Marco
A definite must. With this one visit, you can check THREE historic and major attractions in Venice off your list. This square include: Basilica di San Marco, Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologio, which are some of the oldest and most historical buildings you will find in this water city.
Around this same area is the Bridge of Sighs and Annalisa suggests taking a glimpse into the Cafe Florian which is the most ancient coffee shop in the world. Established in 1720, it itself is a time capsule, still furnished with furniture from the 18th century!
See the Sights at the Fondaco Dei Tedeschi
Want to experience the whole city at once? Just head over to the Rialto bridge to get to the Rialto Luxury Shopping Center. There you will find the Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, so go ahead and take a the elevator up to the fourth floor! The owners built a 360 degrees panoramic terrace to give you the most stunning view, and even better, it’s free!
Annalisa always brings her Lokafy tours there for their final stop and it is always the highlight of every tour she has ever given!
There is also the Campanile, which is the 99m high building that is also available for viewing the amazing city, but you do have to pay a fee and when another option is free, why not?
Find something Fresh at the Fish Market
Down the street from the Rialto Bridge is a lively fish market that is open from 8am to 12pm daily! Just going to check it out and shop from the other shops and stands around the area is extremely cool.
Psst, if you stick around after 12pm you might catch the fishermen sharing their leftovers with the seagulls that hang around! What a sight!
Enjoy the Night in Dorsoduro
The district in Venice for everything night life! This area is known for the typical Venetian habit of touring the different bars and enjoying the wine and small meals all night. After enjoying one place, you can go out and enjoy another just down the road! With the rich red wine and the delicious food all along the way, you are in for a great and enjoyable night out with friends.
This is also where the Italian Spritz was created, a staple in the beautiful city.
Sail the Seas on the Grand Canal
A great and affordable way to see Venice from the sea is by taking the Vaporetto, a water bus, on either Line 1 or 2 and it goes through the Grand Canal to give you an entirely new perspective on the islands. You can buy online and get a good deal on tickets!
Annalisa also shared an extra! (If you still have some time!)
The Colourful Houses of Burano
Burano is an island a little bit outside of Venice but is a small island covered in colourful houses, such as bright reds, blues and yellows. Take a couple of hours and explore this island, just for the fun of it and how beautiful the homes are.
Now I know that this may seem like a lot and don’t rush it! Take your time with everything and soak in the amazing world you are seeing. These are just some suggestions to start off the adventure that Venice brings. Enjoy!