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6 Things You Must Do in Venice

+ 5 NEVER to do (scroll down for those)

Six Must-Do Sights

Visiting Venice, Italy? Then six of the greatest sights and experiences on earth await you. You'll not want to miss out on a single one.

Here is our guide to the 6 Essential Sights of Venice.

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Four Should Do Sights in Venice...

Murano and Burano Islands


Escape the crowds of Venice and venture to the neighboring islands of Murano and Burano. Murano is renowned for its centuries-old tradition of glassmaking, and you can witness skilled artisans crafting intricate glass sculptures.

On Burano, you'll love the vibrant hues of the houses that line the canals. Famous for its lace-making heritage, Burano offers a picturesque setting that feels like stepping into a fairytale. Here's our guide to the magic that is Burano.

Venetian Cuisine and Cicchetti

No trip to Venice is complete without indulging in the city's culinary delights. Savor traditional Venetian dishes such as sarde in saor (marinated sardines), fegato alla veneziana (Venetian-style liver), and risotto al nero di seppia (squid ink risotto).

Where will you find such dishes, though, in a city that has become overwhelmed with restaurants serving cliched dishes like spaghetti bolognese, pasta alfredo, and other dishes that aren't even Italian and feature on our list of things never to order in Italy. Well, we've found some really good restaurants over the years, and you'll find our list in our free Guide to Good Restaurants in Venice Italy.

For a more casual dining experience, seek out bacari, local wine bars that serve cicchetti, bite-sized snacks that pair perfectly with a glass of regional wine. Allow yourself to get lost in the labyrinthine streets, stumbling upon hidden bacari where you can mingle with locals and immerse yourself in the convivial atmosphere. 

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Art enthusiasts should not miss the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, located in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal. This museum houses an impressive collection of modern art, featuring works by renowned artists such as Picasso, Pollock, and Dalí. Wander through the beautiful gardens and immerse yourself in the world of contemporary art as you explore the masterpieces within.

La Fenice Opera House

For lovers of music and theater, a visit to the renowned Teatro La Fenice is a must. This historic opera house has witnessed some of the world's most legendary performances. Take a guided tour to discover its opulent interiors and learn about its rich history. If timing allows, immerse yourself in the magic of a live opera or ballet performance, allowing the magnificent acoustics and grandeur of the theater to transport you to another world.

Our Tip: Go beyond Venice - rent yourself a car and check out some of these nearby destinations.

Bonus: 5 Things NEVER to do in Venice

Never swim in Venice?

You must never swim in Venice's canals. Apart from being illegal, it is also dangerous due to the strong currents, boat traffic, and potential exposure to pollutants. Plus, it is disrespectful to the city's heritage and the locals.

Don't litter in Venice!

Venice is a beautiful and environmentally sensitive city, and littering is strictly prohibited. Always dispose of your trash properly in designated bins to help keep the city clean and preserve its natural beauty. Venice now has a campaign to encourage tourists to drink from the water fountains instead of bringing plastic water bottles with them, as water bottles are the biggest contributor to Venice's plastic pollution problem. You can read the full story and find a map of the fountains here.

Do not feed the pigeons

While it might be tempting to interact with the numerous pigeons in St. Mark's Square, feeding them is prohibited. Feeding pigeons can lead to overpopulation, health hazards, and damage to historical buildings and statues.

Do not ignore "No Photography" signs

Some areas in Venice, particularly inside museums, churches, and certain landmarks, may have restrictions on photography. Always look for and obey the "No Photography" signs to respect the privacy of others and preserve the integrity of the artwork and artifacts.

Do NOT Dress inappropriately when visiting churches

Venice has some of the most beautiful churches in Italy Dressing appropriately when visiting them is of utmost importance in Venice. 

Here's why dressing appropriately is essential:

  1. When entering churches, it's crucial to dress modestly out of respect for the sacred space and the local customs. Both men and women should avoid wearing clothing that exposes shoulders, midriffs, or thighs.
  2. To be on the safe side, it's best to wear clothing that covers your knees and shoulders when visiting churches. For example, wearing pants or skirts that fall below the knee and tops with sleeves is a respectful choice.

By dressing appropriately, you show respect for the religious traditions and the sanctity of the churches in Venice. It also ensures that you won't face any issues when attempting to enter these places of worship.

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Gondolas in Venice as a storm approaches