We should know. We already went to Venice 4 times and explored the city and area.
So, what to do for one week in Venice or even just 2-3 days?
Well, you have just landed on the right page. This guide will help you answer your doubts and worries about your trip to the Floating City.
Our full guide covers:
- Basic Introduction
- Where to stay in Venice
- How to get around
- What to see in Venice
- Things to do in Venice
- Tickets you have to buy before – must read
- Food and Restaurants
- Day Trips from Venice
- Itinerary for Venice
- Packing List
- City Map
Through this guide, we will help you have a hassle-free trip in your 7 or just 5 days in Venice Itinerary. However, it does not matter how long you are planning to stay in Venice.
Hence, we will share with you great tips on where to go, what to eat and what to do in the Floating City of Italy.
And important: We cover the sights you have to pre-book your tickets too!
Our best tip is joining the tour of exclusive access to Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica after hours. More info here.
We guarantee that you will love Venice the way we loved it. And maybe even more by your personal experience. There is always something new to discover about this romantic city that makes you long for more.
Only in Venice for 1 day?
Then you have to make the best out of it. Join the Venice in 1 day Tour. It covers the two main sights of St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace and even a Gondola Ride.
Most importantly, all that you need to know is right here on this guide so look no further. Let us get you all excited as we welcome you to the City of Canals!
1. Basic Introduction
We want to start with a simple intro to the things you need to know before coming to Venice.
Currency: EUR (€)
Language Spoken: Venetian or Vèneto is the native language by Venetians. It is more closely related to French and Spanish than it is to Italian.
Even more, some people do know how to speak English but most don’t. However, people who work in the tourist trade generally speak enough English to better communicate with visitors.
Population: More than 260,000
Known for: Aside from its amazing beauty and canals, Venice is also known for its great art and rich culture. Among these are their historical buildings that show elaborate architecture. And of course their picturesque canals.
Moreover, the city of romance is also known for its iconic waterway plied by gondolas, water taxis, and canal boats.
Venice is a very popular tourist destination you don’t want to miss. An iconic Italian city that has been ranked the most beautiful city in the world.
Accommodation: Similar to the other cities in Italy, you can find great accommodations in Venice. From luxurious hotels to budget-friendly hostels and apartments, the city has it. Nevertheless, the location is super important to keep in mind.
Public Transport: Since Venice is the city of waters, the only kind in the world, is crossed through waterways.
Moreover, their number one transportation is through the Vaporetto boat. These boats move on the Grand Canal and take you to the islands of Lido, Murano, Burano, and Torcello.
You will navigate the city by walking. It is the best and fastest way.
More under how to get around.
Safety: Venice is a safe city generally speaking even for solo female travelers. On the other hand, being a popular tourist destination may attract its fair share of pickpockets and purse-snatchers.
Just like any other famous destinations, safety precautions should be done to avoid leading to undesirable situations.
Commonly, you are safe as long as you don’t fall off the gondolas.
Few other tips:
- Though it may be pleasing to feed the local pigeons, however, these birds can be quite annoying. Feeding them is no longer allowed in some areas. This is due to the destruction of art pieces and building surfaces in the area.
- There is a phenomenon in Venice that generally takes place in autumn or winter. This is known as the Acqua alta or periods of high water. Thus, if you are planning to visit during these times, the safest option is to choose a hotel in the upper part of town. Close to the railway station or Piazzale Roma.
- You are not allowed to sit down at Piazza San Marco.
City name: There are so many names that they call Venice. A few to mention are the “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Masks” and “City of Bridges”.
But it is most commonly called “The Floating City” or “City of Canals” being built on the waters.
Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug). Remember to pack your travel plug adapter.
2. Where to stay in Venice
As mentioned, there is plenty of beautiful hotels, apartments and budget hotels.
More than the type of accommodation, the location is key to keep an eye on.
Furthermore, we have listed down below our handpicked recommendations where you can stay. All according to the kind of your travel since we know how hard it is to navigate a place for the first time.
We also wrote a detailed guide on where to stay in Venice for first-time visitors.
Particularly, Venice is an old town that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1987. Moreover, it is an archipelago of 118 islands connected by numerous canals and bridges.
Above all, we have also made a map to better show you where these best places to stay are located.
Besides, included in the map are sights you should and might want to visit during your one week in Venice.
Our handpicked recommendations:
- Families: Hotel Bisanzio
- Couples: Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione
- Luxury Travelers: Belmond Hotel Cipriani
- Design Lovers: Palazzina Grassi
- Groups: Combo Venezia
- Great Airbnb: well located Apartment
- Solo Traveler: Anda Venice Hostel
- Nightlife Traveler: Generator Hostel Venice
- On a low budget: Hotel Giudecca Venezia
Furthermore, here we cover all neighborhoods, and for which type of traveler we recommend the areas and hotels.
2.1 Hotel Bisanzio – Best for Families
With less than a 10-minute walk to the famous‘s
The hotel features a personal terrace in some rooms. Certainly, your family will surely appreciate for one week in Venice.
Rooms are made of wood floors and are equipped with Murano-glass lamps and an LCD TV.
Moreover, they got the most awesome staff. From the moment you step into the hotel until you go on your way home. You can also the reception for guided tours if you still haven’t booked one yet.
Good to know: The hotel is managed by the same family since 1969. Thus, their staff will most certainly feel the vibes of a home.
2.2 Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione – Best for Couples
Offering one of the most amazing rooftop views in Venice, you got Splendid Venice – Starhotels Collezione.
Not only does it have a lovely terrace for a romantic date, but also offers marvelous views of the canals of Venice.
Moreover, the hotel provides a buffet breakfast that you can take advantage of in your one week in Venice. The hotel restaurant, Le Maschere serves traditional Venetian dishes and seafood you can always try.
You can also grab a drink and have a romantic night at the hotel’s Altana rooftop terrace bar. Aside from the amazing view, you got yourself a quiet place to enjoy the Venice ambiance.
Good to know: Pets are allowed at the hotel where they offer pet bowls and baskets. Plus, hotel facilities are wheelchair-friendly.
2.3 Belmond Hotel Cipriani – Best for Luxury Travelers
Stay with luxury on your one week in Venice in a 5-star hotel. Stay at Belmond Hotel Cipriani and be treated a celebrity.
Here is a big detailed guide on Boutique Hotels in Venice.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani features an elegant interior design. Plus plenty of outdoor areas where you are welcomed to relax and enjoy the view.
Aside from offering a very private space, the hotel features a lot of outdoor areas. A classic place where you can sit, relax and simply enjoy during your 7 days in Venice.
Moreover, rooms either offer a view of the lagoon or the garden and vineyard. Also, rooms are equipped with HD flat-screen TV plus an iPod docking station.
So if you want to enjoy beyond the ordinary and be served with world-class service, choose Belmond Hotel Cipriani.
Good to know: Since the hotel can only be reached by boat, you are entitled to a FREE boat ride transfer to the center of the city.
2.4 Palazzina Grassi – Best for Design Lovers
During your one week in Venice, be surrounded by mirror designs at hotel Palazzina Grassi.
Spoil yourself with beautiful Fornasetti and the remarkable signs by Starck. Truly, be amazed by the first Italian hotel designed by Philippe Starck, the only one in Venice.
Located right in the Grand Canal itself, Palazzina Grassi puts you in a great location for history, galleries, and museums.
Moreover, you should look forward to their divine and delicious food by Chef Fabio.
Good to know: The hotel offers live music and DJs you at the bar. Also, you can join the hotel’s pub crawls, walking tours and cooking classes. Without a doubt to further make the most of your trip to Venice.
2.5 Combo Hostel Venezia – Best for Group Travelers
Just a 10-minute walk from Rialto Bridge is Combo Venezia.
A place ideal for groups. Guests can choose among a dormitory, private room or an apartment.
Furthermore, the hostel features a common kitchen, lounge, and laundry area. Plus they also have a terrace with canal views.
Even more, there is also a bar and restaurant within the hostel.
Good to know: The hostel was an ancient monastery renovated to be what it is today so the atmosphere in the area is great.