Are you headed to the most unique city in the world? That magical city, full of canals, bridges, delicious food, and historical architecture? Yes, I am of course talking about Venice, Italy. Honestly, you can just drop yourself off in the middle of the city, wander around, take hundreds of photos and be fulfilled. However, if you are looking for a more specific Venice Italy Itinerary – I have it here for you! I present to you a Venice Italy Itinerary Perfect for any Budget. That actually means any budget. Whether you are a luxury traveler, want to be kept on a shoestring budget, or prefer a more moderate vacation, this travel guide is for you!
Where to Stay
Bauer Palazzo: a 5-star elegant hotel located right on the canal. This place of luxury has multiple suites with gorgeous canal views. The smallest of the suites starts at 490 Euros, while the largest, most distinguished suite, starts at a whopping 5,000 Euros if you can afford it! There are also “deluxe” and “superior” rooms available, with or without views, starting at 325 Euros. The Bauer Palazzo also boasts the Settimo Cielo Rooftop Restaurant, serving both authentic Italian cuisine and fabulous canal and city views.
Liassidi Palace Hotel: a 4-star boutique hotel also located on the canal. There are multiple suites and rooms, either with or without canal views. Prices start at 60 Euros for the most basic room. However, even though it is basic, the rooms are still modern and decorated beautifully. The suites begin at 140 Euros. I stayed here myself while visiting Venice and found it to be in the most perfect location (so many wonderful restaurants within mere meters of the hotel)! My only regret was not taking photos of the room with it’s views of the canal.
Residenza Degli Angeli: A modest 3-star bed and breakfast with several types of rooms to choose from and a free delicious breakfast! You can select a single, double, triple, or quadruple room, with either shared or private bathrooms. Prices start at 40 Euros at this residence and it’s only a two minute walk from the Grand Canal and several reputable restaurants.
Where to Eat
Club de Doge: an upscale, fine dining restaurant in Venice, serving local Venetian cuisine. Club de Doge serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in their gorgeous dining hall located on the Grand Canal. Note a cover charge is required to be seated for a meal. The restaurant also hosts elegant events on holidays, such as the New Years Eve Gala.
Oro Restaurant: A high-end Italian restaurant, focusing on seafood and vegetable specialties. The restaurant provides an intimate experience for five tables at a time, in which the chef provides a customized menu for each guest Tuesday through Saturdays, 19:30 – 22:30.
Bacarretto: A moderate Sicilian restaurant, serving many Italian antipasto, main course, and dessert classics for lunch and dinner. It is located in the city center of Venice and is open every day of the week except Sunday.
Niki Bar: A laid-back restaurant specializing in homestyle breakfast and brunch specialties. Lunch is also served regularly. The restaurant is open daily from 7:00-17:30 on weekdays and 8:00-2:00 on weekends.
SEPA: an Venetian bar and eatery serving small dishes, tapas, and a wonderful selection of wines. Meatballs are SEPA’s specialty! The restaurant, located right off the Grand Canal, is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
Bacaro Vintido’: a budget-friendly dine-in restaurant serving Italian cuisine and a selection of quality wines. This restaurant serves lunch and dinner every day, except Monday, along with a live music show.
Baci & Pasta: A take-away restaurant serving delicious Italian pasta dishes everyday except Saturdays. The pasta, either gnocchi, tortellini, or spaghetti, is made right in front of you, the dressing is selected, placed on top, and bagged for you to take out wherever you are headed next!
L’ Bacaro de’ Bischeri: A small, modest shop serving Italian and Mediterranean selections of sandwiches, pizzas, and focaccia’s. The restaurant is open every day between 11:00 and 21:00 for lunch and dinner.
What To Do
Gran Teatro La Fenice: This is a fun cultural experience to have before leaving Venice if you enjoy the opera! There are shows several nights a week all throughout the year. Tickets cost vary but can start around 60 Euros, though go much higher, and may be bought at the ticket office. Note the dress code is black tie. During the day you can also take a self-guided tour of the opera house for 12 Euros.
Gondola Ride: Unfortunately, due to its high popularity among visitors and tourists the price of a gondola ride in the Venice canals has skyrocketed. At the time of this post, a gondola ride will cost you 80 Euros for a 25-30 minute ride during the day and 120 Euros at night for the same amount of time. The best way to mitigate cost is to share the ride with someone(s).
Doge’s Palace: The “Doge” was the name of the ruler of Venice and, consequently, the Doge’s Palace is where that individual lived up until the late 1700’s when Venice’s Republic ended. Now the Doge Palace, located within St. Mark’s Square, is one of the most visited historical attractions in the city. Entrance fee to the palace and three other museums in the square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana) is 25 Euros and may be purchased in advance. If you prefer a guided tour of the palace, including the walk over the Bridge of Sigh’s, you may book this online for 28 Euros. The palace is open every day between 10:00 and 18:00.
St. Mark’s Basilica: A Roman Catholic Cathedral located in St. Mark’s Square. The cathedral is still open daily between 9:30 and 17:30 for walk-throughs and mass. Entrance into the Basilica is free. However, visiting the museum, treasury and Pala d’oro requires an entrance fee. 10 Euros will grant admission to all three of these and can be purchased online during high season (November – March), but must be purchased on site during low season (April – December). Also during high season, you can reserve a “skip the line” ticket, for free, to gain immediate admission into the Basilica, as the line can get quite long during the busier times of year.
Burano: An island in Venice, hosting a historical fishing village, which is famous for its lace art and brightly colored houses. It is a perfect day trip from the main city! Wandering around the beautiful island and taking photos of the beautiful houses is free of course. However, round trip transportation using a water taxi will cost approximately 13 euros and purchasing some gorgeous lacework is at your discretion.
Murano: Another island in Venice famous for its Murano glass. The glass is famous around the world, due to its ability to take on many different shapes and textures. The round trip transportation to Murano using a water taxi will also cost approximately 13 euros and it is encouraged to purchase some beautiful glass souvenirs here to take home. For 5 Euros you may also visit the traditional Murano Glass Blowing Factory for a tour! Book it online here.
Bridge of Sighs: This is a famous bridge that connects the Doge Palace to the prison. It’s called the Bridge of Sighs because of the prisoners that used to “sigh” while walking over it. Visiting this bridge from the outside to see the gorgeous architecture and take some photos is completely free! Not free, on the other hand, is the tour that can be taken of the Doge Palace, allowing visitors to walk over the bridge. See more information in the section above on Doge’s Palace.
Grand Canal: This is the largest water channel in Venice. It sees the large majority of water-traffic, going in and out of the city, run through it every single day
Rialto Bridge: The oldest of the four bridges arching over the Grand Canal. The impressive architectural design is particularly attractive to tourists. It’s been rebuilt several times, due to its collapse, most recently in the 1500’s.
St. Mark’s Square: This is a large public square in Venice, containing many famous buildings such as Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. It has become a religious landmark in the city.