Venice, Italy is located along the Adriatic Sea. It’s one of the most unimaginable attractions in the world. You couldn’t ask for a better excursion than this. Millions of people travel here each year in hopes to find history, romance, culture, food and drink. Once you visit, you’ll understand why people make return trips.
The weather in Venice is subtropical which means temperatures are mild. However, between July and August, you’ll feel a little warm around the collar. If you like the cold, the best time to come is in December and January. You won’t freeze but you’ll feel the chill with temperatures in the high 30s.
Top 10 Things to Do in Italy
Whenever I travel to a new place, I like to get lost but it wouldn’t hurt to have a map of Italy. I know it sounds funny, but it’s the best way to get to know places, including this Italian city. Subsequently, you’ll run into some of the best attractions in Venice Italy. But you don’t want to travel too far off the beaten path in Italy. Some of the streets and waterways can confuse even the natives every once in a while. Anyway, be sure to stop in some of the shops along the way and get some souvenirs. Below, are a list of the favorite stops and activities in Venice.
Part of seeing a place is capturing a panoramic view of the entire city. This is best done at the tallest tower in Venice, Campanile. It’s only 325 ft. tall. Unfortunately, the original building, built-in 912, crumpled in the early 1900s. However, Campanile was duplicated and is a must-see in Venice.
The Grand Canal
One way to see the sumptuous city of Venice is to invest in a two-mile cruise down the Grand Canal starting at the Venezia Santa Lucia railway station. Miss all the pandemonium by navigating the Grand Canal at dusk. By nightfall, all of the royal palaces are ablaze, illuminating the chandeliers and the alfresco restaurants. Sip on a glass of champagne as you canvas down the canal to the Piazza San Marco.
The Venice Carnival starts at the end of January and runs until Lent. Carnival is one of the best things to do in Venice Italy. Millions of masked party-goers flood the streets in masquerade costumes and party all night long.
It’s not just dancing that attracts tourists, but the event features beauty pageants. The closer to Lent it gets, the better the celebration is. If you want to take part in this event plan your trip accordingly.
Come for the food and refreshments but stay for the view. La Terrazza is located on the top floor of the Danieli Hotel. Join the many happy couples for a tasty seafood dinner and mouth-watering beverage.
The iconic Caffe Florian is set in the bosom of the San Marco Square. This legendary 18th-century hallmark as been attracting celebrities like Charlie Chaplin for decades. Pull up a patio chair and treat your taste buds to an ice-cold gelato, risotto, specialty coffee, and chocolates.
Osteria Al Ponte
The students come to this quaint restaurant for the bar snacks. Their favorite bar is open till about 9:00 every day except Sunday. If you should go, try the chips with rosemary. I believe it’s one of the best things to buy in Italy and I bet you’ll tell your friends about them.
I Tre Mercanti
Now if you want desserts, have a seat at the I Tre Mercanti. You can’t leave Venice without trying the Tiramisu or one of the many fusions. Try a tiramisu with passion fruit or strawberries or cocoa.
It’s Aperitivo Time
Americans traveling to Italy, do as Italians do. They know when it’s time to drink up and when it’s time to eat. After dark, the locals generally gather at their preferred spots and enjoy a few bites while throwing back a few drinks.
For a genuine Venetian breakfast, All’Arco is the go-to spot in town. Go for the famed Cicchetti snacks, (fresh meats or cheese on small slices of crostini). Get there early to catch the fishmongers in action or wait for an afternoon aperitif.
There are many things to do in Venice like visiting the top restaurants, but most foodies agree that Da Fiore serves the best seafood dishes. In fact, they are one of the finest restaurants in Sant’Elena, but the restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.