The wonders of Venice cannot certainly be enjoyed all in one day. The city has so much to offer that it doesn't matter how many times you've been there because when you arrive in its calli it will always be as exciting as the first time. If you have the chance to spend two days in Venice, and thus enjoy the city even after the sunset, we have created for you an itinerary to follow to visit all the most famous wonders of Venice and more. We have divided the days into morning, afternoon and evening, so you can enjoy every moment of the day in this unique city.
First day in Venice
If this is your first time in Venice, the first day of your holiday you should certainly visit the most famous areas of the city, such as Rialto and St Mark's Square. Our itinerary will take you to the most prestigious corners of Venice, but through new and less crowded streets. Let's discover together the plan of the first day.
Our itinerary starts from the most popular arrival point, Santa Lucia Station. From here all you have to do is enter the Cannaregio district. Go along Rio Terà Lista di Spagna and pass the Ponte degli Scalzi without crossing it (since in that direction you will find the busiest road to Rialto) and before reaching the Ponte delle Guglie turn on fondamenta Venier that runs along the Cannareggio canal up to the Ponte dei Tre Archi. This bridge is special because it is the only example in Venice of a bridge with three arches. After crossing the bridge head towards one of the most beautiful areas of the city: the Jewish Ghetto.
After visiting the area, from Campo di Ghetto Nuovo reach Fondamenta dei Ormesini, a street full of excellent bacari, and take a long walk towards Ponte Chiodo. This is another of Venice's most unusual bridges, as it is the only one without balustrades, and is also one of the most Instagrammable places in Venice. From Ponte Chiodo rejoin the main street, Strada Nova. At the height of the Church of Santa Sofia, heading towards the Grand Canal, you will find the gondola traghetto stop, used to cross the Grand Canal from one bank to the other at the modest price of 2 euros. After crossing the Grand Canal in a gondola you will find yourself in the San Polo district. Here head for Campo San Polo, Venice's second largest square, and lose yourself in the area's calli. Here you will find the most authentic bacari where you can dine like a true local.
After an exquisite lunch we finally arrive at Rialto. After visiting the typical Fish Market and walking along one of the most famous bridges in the world you can head towards the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi; here you can visit the panoramic terrace of the building for 15 minutes free of charge to have a unique view of Venice from above (remember to book in advance). From here, in the direction of the Castello district, passing through Campo di Santa Maria Formosa, you can reach the famous Acqua Alta Bookshop. After visiting this marvellous corner you finally reach Riva degli Schiavoni and from here, a few steps away, you will find the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace, St Mark's Basilica and all the other monuments of St Mark's Square. After your visit relax on one of the benches in the Giardini Reali (Royal Gardens).
From here you reach the Dorsoduro district through the Accademia Bridge, where you can visit the Gallerie dell'Accademia and/or the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Then head to Punta della Dogana for a breathtaking view of St. Mark's Basin. Then enjoy a walk in the sun along Fondamenta delle Zattere and from here you can enjoy the sunset over the lagoon. Before dinner, head to Campo Santa Margherita, a meeting place for university students and others, for a Venetian aperitif.
After dinner, let yourself be carried away by the magic of Venice. Retrace your steps through the areas that fascinated you the most during the day to see them in a different light, illuminated by the night lights. At the end of your walk, reach St Mark's Square. Seeing it empty will be a unique experience as well as seeing the lights illuminate St Mark's Basin.
Second day in Venice
During your second day in Venice you can spend your time visiting less visited areas and some of the beautiful islands in the lagoon. Let's discover together the plan of the second day.
Waking up early, you can enjoy a sweet breakfast in one of Venice's pastry shops peacefully, before the daily tourists arrive. The choice is yours, either a "luxury" breakfast in St Mark's Square or a simpler one in the city's calli, both of which will delight your palate.
During the morning of the second day, we recommend you take a vaporetto to the islands of Murano and Burano and discover their hidden corners. Both islands are home to ancient traditions, the first being glass-making and the second lace-making. Each island has a museum dedicated to these ancient Venetian crafts.
After the trip to the two beautiful islands of the lagoon, in the early afternoon you can venture into the Castello district, which was somewhat neglected during the first day. Being the furthest district from the historic centre of Venice, the Castello district is the least visited area of the city. However, this makes it a very authentic area, full of bars and small squares frequented by Venetians. Here you can visit the Venetian Arsenal, the Giardini della Biennale, the Serra dei Giardini, the Basilica di San Pietro di Castello and much more. By reading this article you will get to know this Venetian district better.
We have come to the end of this itinerary, when the evening arrives it will be time to leave this magical city to return to everyday life but with new emotions in our hearts that only Venice can give.