What can you do in Venice in 3 days?

Venice, where to begin with Venice? The city’s charming gondola-lined canals, stunning architecture and little bridges make the perfect backdrop to three days of a fun-filled Italian adventure.

Venice, Italy

You could easily spend three romantic months in The Floating City, meandering along its picturesque waterways. But, if you only have three days (unlucky you!), here is a good way to spend them.

  • Day one: get yourself onto a gondola!

    No trip to The City of Canals is complete without a ride on one of the city’s world famous gondolas. Whether you’re a true romance lover, a lover of 80s Madonna, or simply looking for the coolest way to get around this incredible floating town, the gondola is the way to go.

    Take the gondola to St Mark’s Basilica, the perfect landmark to introduce you to this beautiful city. The Basilica is renowned for its Byzantine domes, marble-lined walls and vibrant mosaics – it’s a sight to behold and worth the visit on your three day Venetian sojourn. In the afternoon, head out to the beautiful island of Murano, famous for its glass making and local souvenirs.

  • Day two: head to the colourful island of Burano

    Burano is one of the most popular places you can venture out to from Venice, and it’s easy to see why. The island is full of brightly coloured houses and is renowned for lace making and delicious seafood.

    The island is small, with about a population of 2,000 people, but it’s a buzzing little Venetian outpost and a hive of activity, and makes for the perfect place to catch a Gram-worthy snap of some truly magical housing. Make sure you finish your Burano day out with a plate of spaghetti vongole, seafood risotto or frittura mista, all sourced from the lagoon surrounding the island.

  • Day three: eat, eat & eat some more!

    Why not spend your last day in this magical city enjoying some of the fine food and wine it has long held a reputation for providing? Venice is replete with cosy trattorias serving up the yummiest local dishes like sarde in saor (marinated sardines), baccala mantecato (fish antipasto) or risotto al nero di seppia (squid ink risotto).

    It is also worth visiting the world famous Rialto fish market, the sourcing ground for so much of the city’s fine seafood-based cuisine.

Enjoy The Floating City

Three days in Venice almost doesn’t seem like enough, but it is still plenty of time to enjoy the city’s stunning waterways, vibrant architecture and delicious seafood – hop on the gondola and find out!

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