We are heading across to Venice over christmas and wondering if anyone has some must do activities, must do museums, must do experiences, as well as great restaurants, bars etc that we should go to?
I recently asked an American girl who lives in Italy to send me a list of the top 10 attractions in Venice. It's posted on my site at http://www.italianlegacy.com/holidays-in-venice.html
Hope this helps!
Rita almost 8 years ago
It will be cold at Christmas, so build into your itinerary time to stop in cafes or bars to get warm!
I loved St Marks Square and coffee (or more) at Cafe Florian is an absolute must. This is a very historic coffee house with original tables and mirrors. I found it a great place to start and end the day.
Whilst in St Marks Square, you could go to the Basillica and its worth paying the extra and going up to see the horses and museum at the top of the Basillica.
I loved the behind the scenes tour I did of the Doges Palace and would highly recommend it, but I think you will need to book in advance.
Venice is one of those kind of cities which is amazing for just wandering around and getting a bit lost in. There are lovely little streets with amazing bars and restaurants which you wouldnt ever find again if you tried! I loved La Zucca, Al Paradiso and Alla Madonna. I would steer clear of most of the places near the Rialto as they are very touristy with prices to match and definitely stay away from Harrys Bar : overpriced and poor quality.
For activities, I liked getting the water bus up and down the Rialto, but the wind was freezing! I adored the Peggy Guggenheim museum and really liked walking around this area too - lots of excellent little art shops/galleries. The Jewish Quarter was sad but I felt important to visit and there are also excellent Jewish restaurants and coffee shops. A mooch around the fish market is a must, as is walking over the Rialto and to St Marks Square. The Museum of Modern Art is worth a visit and there are lots of churches that you should see.
If you are feeling adventurous, then you could also jump on a train and head to Verona for the day - very easy to do and I really enjoyed my time there. The amphitheatre is very well preserved and of course, there is always Juliette's Balcony :-)
Venice is one of my favourite places to go - the people are very friendly, the city is just amazing and it is all very walkable. Wrap up really well for December, stop and have hot mulled wine often and soak up the atmosphere and you will have a great time. almost 8 years ago