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03 Days In Venice Guide

“Romantic Venice” that’s what ponders me since I was a teenager. I always believe visiting Venice completes your expedition only with someone you love. Finally, my travel to Venice happened on a road trip to Italy with my Soulmate, my life partner.
Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its beauty is incomparable, a city built on water. Remember Venice buildings were built on a wooden pile. More extraordinary about Venice only boats and gondolas as a means of transportation. there are no cars. It’s charming canals and bridges is another standout feature of Venice. If you have only 03 days in Venice that’s okay! You can easily plan your trip. Below are the top highlighted attractions and where to stay in Venice.

What time of the year should you visit Venice?

(March-May) and September-November provides the most pleasant time to visit.

Day 1 InVenice

Rialto Bridge

It’s always better to start your day early in the morning. Take a walk down the Rialto Bridge and enjoy your first look at the grand canal. Sit by in one of the cafe’s and relish your first-morning cup of coffee. Then by the Rialto bridge spent a few minutes watching the boats go by underneath. From Rialto bridge, you can either walk or catch the waterbus (public transport) to St. Marco square. However, I prefer walking and getting lost discovering the small beautiful alleyways. It is a 25 minutes walk. It is a wonderful experience to wander around and get the feel of the non-commercialized side of Venice. While walking along the alley, we also came across many hidden restaurants, bars where the local usually hang out. 

San Marco Square

San Marco Square is the main public square of Venice. The iconic square is the heart of Venice. This is where you will find Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, and the famous St Mark’s Campanile is the bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice.

Overlooking the square, you will find St. Mark Cathedral (Basilica di San Marco), the bell tower and the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale)

St. Mark's Basilica

St. Mark’s Basilica located on St. Mark’s Square is also called Basilica di San Marco. Visiting inside the Basilica I would suggest you buy your tickets in advance or get there early morning to avoid the long queue. It is worth visiting. Parts of the cathedral are free to visit, and it’s not allowed to take any photos or videos inside. If you go to the top you will have a lovely view of Marco Square. You can buy a “skip the line” ticket here.

Palazzo Ducale, Doge's Palace

 The Doge Palace is an impressive structure overlooking the waterfront from Piazzetta San Marco. The Palace was the residence of the Venetian Government. Inside you will see extensive paintings, prison cells, huge rooms and frescoes on the ceiling. You can also walk on the Bridge of Sighs while visiting the Doge’s Palace. 

 

Sunset on the Grand Canal 

After a long day, it’s just right to enjoy the sunset on the Grand Canal. Watching the boats ride and the Gondodlas passing by. How incredible and breathtaking to see different colours of the sky while the sun was setting. It was simply magical, romantic and peaceful.

After a long day, we had a recommendation from a few friends to dine at Le Bistrot de Venise and have absolutely no regrets! The food was really outstanding, very high-quality products and freshly prepared. The restaurant is on the busy Calle dei Fabbri, approximately between Rialto and San Marco. 

Day 2

Dorsoduro

We started around 10 am in the morning after a nice breakfast at our Airbnb. We wanted to explore more of Venice and to get lost in the romance of Venice. Walking through the smallest alleys far from the tourist flow is worthwhile. It was lovely to walk around the church of St. Maria del Salute and enjoy the view of Guidecca on the shore. We reached Dorsoduro.

In Dorsoduro on the island of Giudecca, is more quiet and peaceful away from the crowded tourist and the hustle and bustle. This is one of the best areas to explore on foot. We walked from the Hotel Cipriani to the Hilton Hotel Molino Stucky. This is the Venice side. Pretty little canals, beautiful squares and wonderful restaurants, bars and small shops.

Don’t miss visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection one of the most significant collections of modern art in the world. It is located on the Dorsoduro side of the Canal between Santa Maria Della Salute and the galleries dell’Accademia

Other Highlights :

Ca’ Rezzonico -Is one of the most fascinating museums in Venice of the 18th Century in the Grand Canal. The palazzo offers a nice combination of rooms, furniture and paintings and paintings by famous Italian painters from the 17th and 18th centuries. what’s more interesting is you can still get a good impression of life in Venice at that time.
San Sebastiano –  Many Veronese paintings you’ll find here, and if possible the Titian and Tintoretto come to see in the sacristy. There is also  Veronese’s Tomb – who dedicated a large part of his life to this church adorning. Along with Veronese, his brother Benedetto is also buried here.
The Zattere –  Starting from the cruise ships terminal and going all the way to Punta della Dogana it is one of the most pleasant walks in the city. Along the Fondamenta their lots of bars and restaurant. ideal for a relaxing stop and an aperitif. Wonderful at sunset!
Church of the Carmini –  Dates back to the 14th century, the church of the Carmelites, popularly known as the Carmini. We were surprised at how lovely this church was the chapels are beautifully decorated with a fine art collection including paintings, frescoes and Saint statues. This Church is free to enter.

The Island of Lido

If you have half a day, take the Vaporetto to Lido and walk the main strip to the beach at the other end. The island “Lido” can be reached by boat within 30 minutes from St. Mark Square.

We had a couple of hours and we escaped to this beautiful island called Lido. The tiny island has a nice beach and many nice cafés, bars and shops. Relax and enjoy the beautiful sunsets on both sides of the island. The long and wide sandy beach is very beautiful.  The connection to the main island is very good and with day tickets to explore the rest of the area.

 

Day 3

Murano

We started easy and we took a tour to Murano. Take the ACTV’s Line 4.2 waterbus from Piazza San Marco to Murano. It takes 20 mins to reach Murano. Murano is best known for its glass factories. You can’t miss the factories with a brass demonstration. In Murano, It’s a little quieter and is not crowded with tourists like in Venice. Murano not only offers glass but also buildings worth seeing. The Basilica di Santa Maria e San Donato is the largest religious building.

Our last adventure of the day is experiencing the Gondola ride back in Venice city before sunset. The perfect way to wrap up your day. Enjoy the calmness of the water, the picturesque view of Venice. While the sun was setting which makes it even more romantic. I enjoyed and had a wonderful 3 day trip to Venice. 

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Where To Stay In Venice

There are many nice hotels or Airbnb around Venice where you can stay. There are plenty of choices but it can be expensive especially during the peak season. If you’re spending 3 nights in Venice, I’d recommend these three best neighbourhood. One of the most important attractions is Church Santa Maria della Salute and for the museum, lovers let’s not forget the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Dorsoduro:

Dorsoduro neighbourhood is nice and quiet not crowded and touristy. It’s one of Venice favourite neighbourhood. Most houses have picturesque canals and palazzi. Dorsoduro is located in the southwestern.  From Dorsoduro to San Marco in about 15-20 minutes walk.

Hotel Recommendations:

Palazzetto Pisani Grand Canal:

This hotel is greatly located right on the Grand Canal. It has beautiful ceilings and old wooden ceilings. Very typical Venetian style. Most of the rooms and suites overlook the Grand Canal or the Rio del Santissimo Canal.

American-Dinesen Hotel:

Overlooking the San Vio Canal the American Dinesen hotel is an excellent location. Everything is within a walking distance for instance it is a 15-minute walk from St. Mark’s Square. There are many nice restaurants in the vicinity, easy access to various Vaporetto stations.

Giudecca:

Guidecca is a quiet relaxed neighbourhood to stay. It has an interesting mix of industrial and residential and it seems most of the industrial buildings are now converted to apartments. You’ll enjoy strolling along the Canal’s edge, and just as easy to get onto the Vaporetto as anywhere else. There are some nice restaurants and cafes and you can sit in the sun in the afternoon and have lovely views across the Giudecca Canal to the main part of Venice. The Chiesa del Redentore is one of the most famous churches on the island and also in Venice.

Hotel Recommendations:

Hotel Giudecca Venezia is located on the tranquil island of Giudecca offers spacious rooms and wooden ceiling. It is a 10 minutes walk to St. Mark’s Square.
 

Castello:

Catello is the largest Sestiere in Venice. Castello stretches the whole area to the right of the canal under the Bridge of Sighs (Rio de Palazzo o de Canonica), from the Riva dei Sette Martiri at the bottom up to the Fondamente Nove at the top. The neighbourhood is just a few minutes away from all the other attractions in the city and is also a quiet neighbourhood. Other Highlights: Bridge of Sighs, Arsenale,  Scuola Grande di San Marco, and Basilica of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Church of San Zaccaria, Santa Maria Formosa.

Hotel Recommendations:

Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia:

The hotel is in a great location within walking distance of St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge. Spacious rooms and great breakfast.

 Hotel Bucintoro:

The location of the hotel is wonderful. Great rooms with a lovely view of the lagoon. Short walk to the Arsenal stop, Just a 10-minute walk from St. Mark’s Square.

 
 

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Shwetha Krish
September 16, 2020 4:49 am

Beautiful photos and loved the way you have described all the places! Saving this blog post for my later travels!

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nerdy pool girl B
September 16, 2020 5:55 am

This is great help for when I can visit Venice. Thank you for sharing.

Saptarshi
September 16, 2020 7:28 am

Wonderful post with awesome pics! Just loved the picture of sunset on the Grand Canal! And that Gondola ride….just wow!!

Daniella
September 16, 2020 9:09 am

Oh, Venice looks so dreamy. My mom visited recently and absolutely loved Murano and all the glass work. I”l visit one day!

thestellalux
September 16, 2020 1:48 pm

Beautiful place! Would love to visit one day for sure.

Sandra Ans
Sandra Ans
September 17, 2020 6:32 pm

I was in Venice… ohh, I think 10 years ago and I miss this town! I really want to visit it again and see how it has changed and visit those places about which I have never heard before (those small islands). It would be so great to do a photo collage – before 10 years and now.
Thanks for the post!

PearPerson
September 19, 2020 3:32 pm

Very well written post! Definitely saving this for the next time I visit Italy. 🙂 Thank you Demi!

Aditi Jain
October 9, 2020 6:55 pm

Venice has always been on my must visit places. Thanks for this beautiful article. Bookmarked it!

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