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1 Day in Venice Itinerary

We get it, time is precious, and even though Venice has a lot to see, you can definitely squeeze most of it into a one day visit. On this one day adventure, you’ll get to soak in all the vibes, sights, and gelato goodness. So if you’re ready to start navigating those canals in the enchanting Floating City, let’s dive in!


Visit St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)

Start your day off early with a stroll through St. Mark’s Square. Admire the beautiful architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace, and snap a few pictures before the crowds arrive. If you’re in need of a little caffeinated pick me up, check out Caffè Florian – it’s the oldest coffee house in Italy that’s been in continuous use, and one of the oldest in the world.

While it might be a little pricy, we know you’ll enjoy a hot cup of coffee here like we did (or try their famous hot cocoa), especially if it’s a cool morning.

Take a Tour of Doge’s Palace (and St. Mark’s Basilica if you’re feeling ambitious)

Dive into the rich history of this iconic palace, known for its stunning gothic architecture and historical significance. Originally built in 1340 and expanded over the following centuries, this legendary palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice – their leader and highest official at the time. Grab skip-the-line tickets here for an unforgettable tour!


Head to a local bacaro for a quintessential Venetian lunch. Try cicchetti (Venetian tapas) and pair them with a refreshing spritz. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance of these traditional wine bars.


Wander Along the Lagoon

Take in the views of the lagoon as you explore the waterfront market in Venice. Once you leave St. Mark’s Square, just head towards the water, and you’ll see street vendors and unique shopping finds in both directions!

Get Lost in Venice

With countless charming stone alleyways, beautiful buildings, and picturesque canals sprinkled throughout the city, take some time to wander and explore Venice without a roadmap.

Grab Some Gelato

While there are quite a few places to grab gelato in Venice, we loved Grom in Dorsoduro. Not only was this neighborhood super cool to walk through and explore, but the gelato was the very best we had in Venice!

Watch the Sunset From the Rialto Bridge

Watch the Grand Canal be painted in orange, pink, and red as the sun sets over Venice. This iconic bridge is beautiful on its own, but seeing it and its view of the canal and palazzos on either side at sunset is a truly special experience!


Gondola Ride

As the sun sets, treat yourself to a classic gondola ride to see Venice from a whole new perspective. Glide through the canals, passing under romantic bridges and enjoying the magical ambiance of Venice all lit up at night.

Canalside Dinner

Opt for dinner at a canalside restaurant for delicious food and a view that’s uniquely Venice. Indulge in authentic Venetian cuisine while enjoying the serene views of the water.