What to see in Venice in 2 days? This is a question we often answer, either by email or in person, when a guest has already arrived in Venice and is looking for some advice on how to make the most of their time here.
We usually try to give advice tailored to the guest we have in front of us, which mostly meets their needs and personal tastes. Those who stay with us like simple but well-constructed itineraries, and if they are only here for a couple of days, they are looking for the best way to see the city’s major attractions, without spinning like a top from one calle to another.
So in this article, we would like to present our itinerary of things to see in Venice in 2 days, which includes most of the suggestions we usually give to our guests.
The first day in Venice is a day of discovery, where we always recommend getting acquainted with a city that is completely different from any other in the world. There are no cars here, the best means of transport for visiting Venice are our feet and, if we are tired, there is, of course, the vaporetto.
We dedicate this day to its main attractions, the most iconic and well-known sights. Starting from our hotel, which is located just past the Ponte delle Guglie, we suggest you continue to the Ca’ D’Oro Palace and take the ferry here to the Rialto Market. This is where our 2-day Venice itinerary begins.
In the morning:
- Rialto Market Tour
- Rialto Bridge (here a photo of the spectacular view of the Grand Canal is a must)
- Follow the signs for San Marco to the square of the same name, passing by the Goldoni Theatre
- Visit the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica (one of the things you can visit in Venice for free)
- Climb St Mark’s bell tower for the best view of Venice from above
Stop for lunch at one of the many little restaurants in the surrounding area, if you need a suggestion, don’t hesitate to ask at reception before setting off to explore the city.
In the afternoon:
- Stroll along the Riva degli Schiavoni
- Visit the Venice Arsenal and the Naval Museum inside it
- Small scare at the Giardini di Sant’Elena before returning to the hotel
To return to the hotel, we recommend taking the 4.2 vaporetto line at the Sant’Elena stop and then getting off at the Guglie stop. If, however, you are not in a hurry to get back and prefer to enjoy the journey on the Vaporetto crossing the entire length of the Grand Canal, from this same stop you can take line 1 and get off at the San Marcuola-Casinò stop.
For dinner, here are some of our favourite restaurants to eat at in Venice, close to our hotel.
You can dedicate the second day to something more special, such as discovering the Venetian ghetto, the oldest in all of Europe, or you could consider visiting the most famous islands in the lagoon. We are talking about Murano, Burano and Torcello, a destination definitely to be included among the things to visit in Venice in two days.
To reach the islands you can conveniently take the 4.2 vaporetto line at the Guglie stop, 1 minute from our hotel, which takes you to Murano.
After visiting the island of Murano, including in your itinerary a visit to an ancient furnace where glass is still worked as in the past, you can take the vaporetto again, in this case, number 12 that from the FARO stop takes you to Torcello, where Attila’s throne and evidence of the first settlements of the Venetians on the islands of the lagoon can be found. Line 12 is the same one that continues to Burano, where you can admire its many colourful houses and the art (also ancient) of lace-making.
Following this 2-day itinerary in Venice, you will certainly not return disappointed. Of course, once you’re here you can talk to us to design a tailor-made itinerary for you, based on your interests. Take advantage of our availability, it will be our pleasure to help you experience Venice in 2 days, in the best way possible.