There’s really nowhere on earth quite like Venice. It’s a beautiful little city, engulfed by water and filled with idyllic Italian houses.
It’s been on my bucket list for quite a while, and when I finally had the chance to go – I jumped on it.
If you’re wondering how to spend 24 hours in Venice, here’s the best guide.
As Venice is so small, you can really see all the famous landmarks in 24 hours. All by foot, too.
Definitely, to be seen are;
- St Mark’s Square
- St Mark’s Basilica
- Rialto Bridge
- Grand Canal
- Doge’s Palace
I will say, as Venice is such a small city. It’s extremely overpopulated and tourist-heavy. You’ll find making your way through the crowd or getting a good photograph impossible.
However, with all its flaws – the beauty outshines. With the twisting canals, ever-flowing streets, and hidden adventures – you’ll hate yourself for taking the trip to Venice, as a part of you will always long to return.
Unique places in Venice
Like with many cities, the most exciting places to visit at the unique, obscure ones.
I was lucky enough to be in Venice with a Treviso local. Not only did they know all the best places to be, but they translated everything perfectly.
My top suggestion is to visit the Libreria Acqua Alta for multiple reasons.
1. They have cats
2. They have a staircase made out of books
3. They have a Gondola to sit on ( in case you don’t want to spend €80 on the real thing)
4. It’s the most instagrammable place you’ll ever visit
Another fantastic suggestion is the Fondaco dei Tedeschi. It’s basically a terrace where you have the most fantastic view of Venice.
You have to book this in advance.
Did you know Venice also has a cultural centre? It’s the most amazing art gallery that also had a feminist exhibition – right up my street.
The bridge of sighs is also a must-visit. The bridge connects the Doge’s Palace to the New Prison. The name derives from the legend that prisoners would sigh while walking to prison – for many, it would be their last view.
Where to eat in Venice
It’s fair to say you’re spoilt for choice in Venice. Everywhere you turn, there’s a pasta stall or gelato stand.
Being with an Italian while in Venice, I was nicely directed to the “real” places. Apparently, many of the stalls are just there for tourists and don’t sell amazing Italian food.
Being vegetarian in Venice was easy. Being vegan, not so much. A lot of Italian food revolves around cheese.
However, there were vegan options, they just weren’t amazing.
I ended up in Bigoi. It was really delicious.
The takeaway: being vegan in Venice isn’t impossible, but you might want to bring your own snacks.
Where to stay in Venice
I imagine there are tonnes of places to stay in Venice. I ended up staying in Treviso, another small city.
I found I saved a lot of money doing this and was close to public transport links, including the airport.
Treviso is an amazing city, it’s great for shopping and eating. I do believe, if (when) I return to Venice, I’ll choose to stay in Treviso again.
It’s just a lot less busy and better for your solo travelling freelancer. Aka me.
Get lost in the floating city
Venice is one of the very few cities, perhaps in the world, where getting lost is great. Obviously, within reason.
It’s a city where you just have to stroll and discover new areas. Perhaps you’ll bump into a great cafe, a beautiful street, or a souvenir shop.
Venice is bursting with twists and turns courtesy of the canals. It doesn’t matter how much you try to follow Google Maps – you’ll end up getting lost.
I hope this guide helped in finding what to do in Venice in a day. Take this Venice guide with you, and have the best time!