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How to Spend 3 Days in Venice

How to Spend 3 Days in Venice

Venice is filled with countless bridges, canals large and small, and boats of every shape and size. With three days in the Floating City, you can fully experience the city’s waterways and sti have time for museum visits and food tours. Here’s how to spend three days in Venice.

 

Day 1: Boats and Behind-the-Scenes Experiences

A hop-on hop-off boat tour is a great way to orient yourself, allowing you explore the city’s landmarks at your own pace. Spend your first day sightseeing from the water, hopping off at points of interest such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Cannaregio district, the Doge’s Palace, or St. Mark’s Basilica. (Book skip-the-line tickets for each museum to maximize your time.) Then, take a Carnival mask-making class or head to gondola school for gondolier lessons. Complete your day with more time on the water—climb aboard a typical Venetian boat for a sunset cruise and watch the city lights flicker to life.

 

Day 2: Taste of Venice

In the morning, discover more of the Venetian lagoon with a half-day tour to the nearby islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, each known for local glassworks, handmade lace, and historic churches, respectively. For an immersive experience, book a Murano glass factory tour and workshop. Once you’re back in Venice, discover a favorite Venetian pastime on a food tour that takes you hopping between local cicchetti bars for traditional pre-dinner snacks. For a final dose of culture, get tickets to an evening opera performance.

Day 3: Venetian Lagoon and Beyond

Venice’s northern Italy location means travelers can easily fit in a day trip to a nearby destination. Learn about the story of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet on a full-day tour to Verona or venture to Italy’s Dolomite Mountains for a 1-day outdoor adventure complete with peaceful lakes, mountain trails, and relaxing mountain villages such as Cortina.

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Dolomite Mountains and Cortina Semi Private Day Trip from Venice

Dolomite Mountains and Cortina Semi Private Day Trip from Venice

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Get out of Venice for the day to visit the UNESCO-listed Dolomite Mountains. Led by a driver/tour escort, visit the chic mountain town of Cortina d'Ampezzo and enjoy free time to explore. Then see the stunning Lake Misurina as well as the Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks, learning some history as you go. This small-group tour is reserved for up eight people to keep the experience as intimate as possible. Please note: From November 15th until the Tre Cime di Lavaredo re-opens this tour will visit Braies Lake and San Candido and substitute with Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Misurina. From November 23rd to January 6th you'll also visit the San Candido Christmas Market.
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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Visit Torcello, Murano, and Burano—three islands in the Venetian Lagoon—on this tour from Venice by motorboat. With a guide, watch glass being blown at a Murano glass factory, see historical cathedrals on Torcello, and admire exquisite handmade lace on Burano. This is a great way to see more than just the central sights of Venice and enjoy a cruise on the water. Select a departure time when booking.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Musica a Palazzo 'Traveling Opera' Performance in Venice

Musica a Palazzo 'Traveling Opera' Performance in Venice

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Experience an evening of opera in Venice, surrounded by the historical elegance of a 15th-century palace. The singers and musicians of the Musica a Palazzo ensemble perform classics of Italian opera within the ornate salons of Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto. Move from room to room along with the performers and soak up the drama of epics like 'La Traviata' and 'Rigoletto' in a truly intimate environment.
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Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class

Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class

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Take a course on mask making from a master artisan in Venice, and learn about the history of this ancient tradition. You can choose from a production class or a decoration class, or you can even take both. In the production class, learn how to make your own papier-mâché mask, and in the decoration class, you can paint or use materials to decorate your mask. No matter which option you choose, you get to bring home your creation—just in time for Carnival.
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Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!
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Jewish Ghetto Food Tour in Venice: Pasta Wine Gelato And Much More!

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Eat and drink your way through one of Venice’s most distinctive neighborhoods on a walking food tour through the Cannaregio district, also known as the former Jewish ghetto. Learn about the area’s rich history and culture from a local guide as you stroll through its narrow winding streets, stopping to sample some of the best and most authentic delicacies around, from traditional kosher dishes and wine to creamy risotto and fresh-baked goods. Buon appetito!
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Murano Glass Factory Experience: Factory Tour and Workshop

Murano Glass Factory Experience: Factory Tour and Workshop

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Get an inside peek into the world-famous glassblowing factories of Murano on a 2-hour escorted tour. Meet your guide in central Venice, and ride a water bus across the Venetian Lagoon to the colorful island of Murano. Get a private glassmaking demonstration from a master craftsman, and enjoy time to browse the factory showroom featuring finished works of art. Finally, attend your choice of hands-on workshop to create a take-home piece of jewelry or mosaic using authentic Murano glass.
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Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

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Sail across the Venetian Lagoon on this romantic, 2-hour sunset cruise. Get a new perspective on the towering cathedrals and historic palazzos that line the isles of Venice from aboard a traditional Venetian boat. Pop open a half bottle of Prosecco and soak up the glorious sights of St Mark’s Basin and Venice Lido bathed in the golden light of sunset. Tour numbers are limited to 11 people to ensure an intimate, personalized experience.
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Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice
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Rialto Market Food and Wine Lunchtime Tour of Venice

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Enjoy a real taste of Venice on a tantalizing lunchtime tour of the Rialto Market and discover the city’s impressive culinary credentials. Follow your guide on a tour of Venice’s foodie hotspots, browse the fresh produce at the city’s famous markets, and tuck into traditional cicchetti (Venetian tapas) at a local inn. Finally, sample fine regional wines and prosecco at the city’s legendary Bacari bars, then leave armed with plenty of recommendations for where to shop and dine in the city.
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