Venice is its own attraction.
It’s the picture-perfect, world-renowned, canal-based city. It’s ancient, yet somehow fully modern. It feels like you’re strolling through the world’s oldest theme park.
Here’s some quick advice to make your trip planning and exploration easier.
How many days should I spend in Venice?
You can see most of the city in about 1-2 days if you spend your time wandering around. Maybe 3 days if you choose to visit the islands just outside of Venice.
If you’re the average person in the 18-26 age range, 1-2 days is just right. You’ll see everything you need to. Venice isn’t the city for wild nightlife.
If you’re a couple or you enjoy a more thorough style of travel, you may wish to explore more slowly and savor the experience.
Stay no longer than 1 week.
Is Venice a city for couples?
Venice is for everyone.
Like I said, I recommend that couples stay longer because they could be happy relaxing, exploring, trying new restaurants, and enjoying each other’s company the entire time.
Where should I eat, and what food should I try in Venice?
Most restaurants and takeaways in Venice are geared toward tourists. If you’re looking for the most authentic food possible, find places off the beaten path or places where locals are eating. Or consult Google.
If you’re soloing Venice, there are plenty of excellent take-out options for food, but do yourself a favor, make some friends, and go to a nice restaurant at least once. Have an Italian dining experience.
Try some black squid ink pasta, a local dish, for something adventurous. Otherwise, any Italian food is good. Don’t be the guy who orders a burger and fries in Italy.
And of course, drink wine with every meal.
Do I need to know any Italian?
The short answer is no.
The long answer is a little bit helps. "Buongiorno", "chao", "grazie", and "per favore" should be in your vocab. If you know more, even better.
I’m a young traveler. Where should I stay?
If you’re in the 18-32 age range, I’d recommend the Anda Hostel just outside of Venice. It’s nice because the train station to the city is a 3 minute walk away, and a one way ticket is only €1.30.
It’s the largest hostel I’ve ever been to at 7 stories and ~20-30 rooms per floor, so there are always plenty of people around to chat with in the common spaces.
It has every amenity that you’d expect from a top-notch hostel.
Wander off the main paths.
You’ll be rewarded. Despite Venice’s size, there are plenty of streets where it’s easy to breathe.
Plus, all of the junky tourist restaurants and souvenir stores/stands are on the main roads, so you’ll get a more authentic experience if you explore aimlessly.
Visit the second bell tower.
A nice alternative to the San Marco Campanile (the bell tower in San Marco) is San Georgio Maggiore across the water. You can actually get pictures of Venice from that one.
You need to buy a ferry pass to access San Georgio. It’s €7.50 for 90 minutes unlimited use of all ferries or a €20+ for daily or multiple day pass.
After that, it’s only €6 to enter the tower.
That’s all for Venice. It’s a very manageable city that doesn’t require a lot of thought or prep-work.
Go, get lost a few times, and enjoy it.