With so many things to see and do in Venice, Italy, you'll have to do a careful job crafting your itinerary in order to ensure you're able to fit it all in. You probably already have a number of things you'd like to do while traveling in Venice, but if you're still brainstorming ways to fill up your extra hours, Auto Europe has created a list of the very best things to see and do in Venice, Italy!
Even if you only do this one day, set your alarm clock for a few minutes before sunrise and explore the streets of Venice before they're filled with people. From sunrise until around 8:30 am, early risers will have the streets to themselves, being able to wander freely without the hassle of dealing with large crowds.
There's no better way to appreciate the beauty of Venice than by getting a bird's-eye view! Take the elevator to the top of the Campanile di San Marco, the city's tallest building, in order to see the Lido, Lagoon and even the Dolomites in the distance!
A trip to the Peggy Guggenheim collection will bring you face to face with a fantastic showcase for surrealism, futurism and abstract expressionism by more than 200 breakthrough modern artists. The collection was built according to Peggy's personal convictions, rather than for prestige, so travelers are able to see lesser-known artists alongside the likes of Picasso, Pollock and Dali.
Venice is known for culinary traditions based on an array of fresh seafood. Local seafood dishes in Venice range from traditionally delicious, to downright bizarre. Depending on the level of your sense of adventure, you're able to dine on everything from shark and spider crab to mantis shrimp and sea snails and practically everything in between.
Finding the perfect souvenir in Venice is an art form. Whether you're looking for traditional Venetian masks or beautifully crafted silk scarves, there's a difference between a quality gift and an item that can be purchased around every corner. For a one-of-a-kind souvenir in Venice, you'll have to do your best to determine if the item you're looking to purchase is authentic and high-quality. Another wonderful souvenir find is Murano glass, which is not only a local art but also tradition that fills local boutiques will a dazzling array of beautiful sculptures.
As the world's largest and most celebrated masked ball, Carnivale in Venice has been held since the Middle Ages and is, by far, one of the best times to visit Venice. Attendees of Venice's present-day Carnivale can either make their way to piazza San Marco to watch performers in intricately made costumes, gather for celebrations in smaller squares, or attend one of the private parties held by local Venetians.
No trip to Venice would be complete without seeing a show at one of Italy's oldest opera houses, Teatro La Fenice. Inside the opera house, travelers will be privy to the comfort of plush seats in a lavish environment, while also enjoying the auditory and visual pleasure of the Italian opera, ballet or other live performance.