Venice has an outstanding cultural heritage, and it is rich in museums, monuments, and galleries. Nonetheless, many people choose to spend just one day in Venice, and can end up feeling unsatisfied with their visit. To avoid being the next traveler to make this mistake, we’ve provided the best itinerary if you’re wondering what to see in Venice in a day.
Arrival and San Marco Square
No matter whether you arrive by bus or train, we believe that the first thing to do is to walk straight to Saint Mark’s Square as early as you can, to avoid crowds. You can take the ferry or rely on in-person help from Prontopia who can show you the best way to get around the floating city.
Once you have arrived in San Marco Square, make time for the beautiful visit to the Basilica and Doge’s Palace. These are the most valuable and representative landmarks in the whole city. There is simply no reason to skip them! Book the ticket in advance via VenicePass if you are afraid of spending too much time in line.
Rialto Bridge and Rooftop View
After the visit to San Marco Square, head to the Rialto Bridge. Next to it, you will find T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS, a high-end luxury mall inside a historical building. While it’s probably not the best place for souvenir shopping, walk in and go up to the top floor! Here you will find access to the magnificent rooftop. The rooftop is free, but you should book your visit in advance.
Rialto Mercato and Gondola Ride
The Rialto Market
is located north-west of the Rialto Bridge in the sestiere of San Polo. Every day (except Mondays) from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, the market hosts the most famous Venice Fish Market or the Pescheria
From here, you have two options if you are willing to ride the Grand Canal: next to the market you will find the traghetto Santa Sofia. Next to this public service stop, you can find what it’s probably the best spot to take a gondola in Venice. The boat tour is a 30-minute ride and the cost is 80€.
Fondamenta della Misericordia (Spritz!)
Our next suggestion for what to see in Venice in a day is to walk straight to Fondamenta della Misericordia, a very lively area with some of the best restaurants and bars. On this Fondamenta, you could stop for a Venetian treat called “cicchetti and spritz”. After that, head to the Jewish Ghetto, just south of the Fondamenta, to stroll a little bit more and see the surroundings of that which has been the first ghetto of the world.
The end of the day
From the Ghetto, you are very close to both the bus and train station. So it is up to you! If you have time, you can enjoy some touring in a less-crowded Venice after 5:00 PM. In fact, this is the time when cruise ship visitors go back on board and the city gets more walkable. Take this chance to go back and see the most touristic spots like Rialto and San Marco!