Here is a list of things to do in Venice that only gives a taster of what it has to offer guests...
Fantastic free things
Italy is often considered quite an expensive place to visit, but there are plenty of free fun things to do if you know where to look! Casino Venier is an 18th-century casino over the Barateri Canal high society would drink, dance, flirt and gamble. Today you can enter for free and take in the sheer opulence that its decor still exudes. I Gesuiti is a Baroque church with free entry, which also houses grand pieces of artwork and sculptures by Titian and Tintoretto. Orsoni Color Library is a working glass furnace that has provided materials for St Paul's Cathedral and the Sacre Coeur. You can call ahead to get a free tour of the workshop and visit the magical color library.Basilica di San Marco is a must-see sight that will cost you nothing too. It's fairytale facade overlooks the Piazza San Marco and you can take a look around the amazing mosaics in its domed interior.
No trip to Italy is complete without gaining a few pounds! For the best culinary experience, you should head to where the locals eat. If you're hungry for a pizza, Rossopomodoro near St Mark's Square serves some of the best in town. If you're looking try more authentic Venetian dishes (vermicelli with black squid ink, traditional rice and pea soup) make your way to Osteria di Santa Marina in Castello or Alla Palanca in Giudecca. More intimate eateries, where you can mix with the locals over huge wine menus, include Al Merca, housing over 50 types of wine and Prosecco that is served with delicious but simple deli dishes.
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There are a number of things that you have to do in Venice to make the most of your stay. Start at the piazza San Marco to see three incredible landmarks: Basilica di San Marco, Doge’s Palace and Torre dell’Orologio. It's then mandatory to take a gondola ride. Take a look at the Istituzione per la Conservazione Della Gondola e Tutela del Gondoliere website to be advised on the best routes Lathat will give you the best scenes of the city.Grand Canal should definitely be on your list, as it is the historical canal that has helped the city with its trade.To get the very best views of the city, make your way to the top of Campanile, the tallest building in Venice. Finish off a perfect trip by taking in an opera or concert at La Fenice, an opera house that will make you feel like royalty.
Whether you're on a budget or looking to really splash out, any holiday to Venice is nothing short of magical.