Have you ever dreamt of riding through the Venetian canals in a gondola boat with the song “That’s Amore” conveniently playing in the background? We have too. The Queen of the Adriatic is one Italian city you can’t miss. A city where boats and gondolas are the primary form of transportation, where seafood dishes stand out in the restaurant scene, and hand-blown glass is a unique souvenir—you’ll quickly fall in “amore” with this city on our tours to Venice.
Our guide to Venice is filled with recommendations of some of the best things to do in Venice, what to see in Venice, and tips for Venice that you’ll want to reference when planning your trip to Italy. Keep reading to discover all there is to love about the Queen of the Adriatic.
Languages: Italian, but you’ll find that in a popular destination like this, many locals also speak English.
Best way to get around: By foot or by boat! There are no roadways in Venice—one of the reasons it’s such an iconic city. One of our best Venice travel tips is to make sure you bring your best walking shoes (and your sea legs!).
Phrases to know: Many locals will happily greet you with buongiorno which means “good morning” or “good day.” The gondoliers may be impressed if you greet them in Italian before your ride through Venice’s canals.
Anytime is a good time to travel to Venice, but there are benefits to traveling during the off-season: cooler temperatures, fewer crowds, and more time to check off some of the best things to do in Venice.
We want to make sure you’re fully prepared before you arrive in Venice. Plus, no Venice travel guide is complete without giving you a list of what to bring in your luggage. We know these essentials to pack for your trip will come in handy during your stay.
There is no shortage of beautiful sites to see when you visit Venice. The city is a sight in itself. Watching gondolas sail past the colorful apartment buildings that line the canals makes a visit here all the more special. Here are some of the best things to see in Venice during your trip.
In Venice, all of the top locations are a short walk or boat ride away. You’ll want to make sure you explore every corner of this aquatic gem. Be sure to check out these exciting sites if you have some spare time during your trip.
A lot of the traditional cuisine consists of delicious fresh seafood, and eating is one of the top things to do in Venice! “Take advantage of being on an island and try the delicious seafood dishes. The freshest food in Venice will always come from the daily catch,” said traveler Donna. Make sure to try these dishes in Venice.
In Italy, you can always find a great drink to go along with your heavenly plate of food. There are a few drinks that we recommend trying in our Venice Travel Guide, that especially go well with cicchetti (Italian tapas)!
Looking for something that will always remind you of your trip to Venice? The Queen of the Adriatic is a unique place, and the souvenirs we recommend picking up are just as unique. The best part? Once you display them in your home, they’re sure to spark conversations with friends and family about your travels.