Best things to do in Venice italy: our tips to get the most out of it
Everyone dreams to visit Venice.
It’s a dream coming true, especially when you know the best things to do in Venice and how to experience them at their best.
Venice was born and grown above the water, and this is already something you won’t find easily in many other cities.
Here’s our list of the best things to in Venice with a couple of tips to enjoy its unicity.
One of the best things to do in Venice, Italy: a gondola ride
Visiting Venice with a gondola is an experience that will remain in your memories forever.
It can be considered a thing only for tourists, but it’s not. At the Serenissima time, all the wealthiest families in Venice used to have at least a gondola, since it was a common mean of transport.
Immagine what a car is for us nowadays. The gondola was the same for Venetian people at the time.
As you can see, this traditional and beautiful boat was already important and iconic for the city, since its birth.
Visiting Venice on a gondola let you discover and live this city form Venetians’ favorite perspective: from the water.
Getting lost in the streets of Venice, where time has stopped
When you dream of Venice, you’ll probably think about St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace, but Venice is more than this. This marvelous city is a labyrinth of streets and squares, which we call “calli” and “campi”.
One of the best things to do in Venice is getting lost among its narrow streets, creating your personal itinerary.
Wherever the streets take you to, Venice will always know how to surprise you.
Learning some Venetian words
The Venetian dialect is more than used in the city. You’ll notice that, especially in toponymy, there are words like “fondamenta” or “riva”. Venetian terms are also frequent in its cuisine, such as “sardele” “castraure” e “bizato”.
If you really want to get the most out of your trip to Venice, we suggest you learn the meaning of some of these terms.
“Fondamenta”, for instance, is a word to indicate that street that has a canal on one side. “Calle”, instead, is an ordinary Venetian street.
The Venetian term “bizato” is how the people call the eel, and the “castraure” are the first artichokes, on St. Erasmo island.
Luckily, our menus are so easy to understand, that you won’t find any difficulties in choosing the right dishes to taste for first.
Visiting museums, churches and the most important sites in Venice
Even if getting lost is one of our tips, we suggest you give some attention to the most tourist and well-known parts of Venice.
St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the St. Mark’s tower bell, the Arsenal and the bridge of Rialto are only a few things you definitely must see, especially if it’s your first time here.
Every location or palace in Venice has a story to tell; you just have to listen carefully.
Tasting some Venetian cuisine
here are many dishes you can eat in Venice, which belong to its centenary tradition. You can find them as a simple “cicheto” (a tasty and tiny snack) or as a proper course.
Directly from our menu of first dishes, we would like to suggest you try the black squid Spaghetti alla Chitarra and our special Trovatore’s mixed fried fish with tartar sauce, flavored with vegetables.
An infinitive number of combinations are possible.
If you prefer meat, a typical Venetian dish you must taste is the “fegato alla veneziana” (veal liver in Venetian style), that our chef serves polenta of Biancoperla corn (Slow food Presidia).
Five things to do in Venice might seem quite a few, but these are the best things you can do in a city like this, to get the most out of it and go back home with a suitcase full of deep emotions.