Venice experiences

Venice activities, tours, classes, and other experiences to move your vacation beyond sightseeing

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A gondola on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge (Photo by Adam Smok)
Gondolas
Venice: Dorsoduro

A gondola ride is the one Venetian tourist trap everyone falls into willingly

 
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The inquisition room (Photo courtesy of ItalyGuides)
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A tour that gets you—quite literally—behind the scenes, into the rooms and chambers hidden behind those lavishly decorated walls where the actual governing of the Venetian Republic happened

 
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 (Photo courtesy NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS)

The other islands of Venice—Murano, Burano, and Torcello

 
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Context Travel and others offer amazing walking tours of Venice (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided walks and docent-led tours of Venice

 
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Getting to Venice by escorted tour

 
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A rowing lesson in Venice (Photo courtesy of Carolyn Spencer Brown)

Be a gondolier for the day: Take rowing lessons in a bona-fide gondola or other classic Venetian boat

 
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A glass shop on Murano

Shopping for Venetian glass, lace, Carnival masks, Murano chandeliers, and other classic Venice gifts

 
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Nibble on cicchetti during a bacaro crawl in Venice (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Gourmet and foodie tours, market walks, and culinary seminars in Venice

 
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Italian cooking class (Photo by USAG Livorno PAO)

Learn to cook Italian cuisine in Venice

 
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Teatro La Fenice
Venice: San Marco

The Venice opera house

 
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Visiting Padova, the Brenta, Verona and more from Venice on a day trip

 
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Whenever the yellow signs point to some major tourist destination, go the other way instead. Put away the map. Discover the real Venice. (Photo by FTS-Ro)
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The fine art of getting lost in the backstreets of Venice and learning to love it

 
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An interactive installation in the Arsenale at the 2005 Venice Biennale art show (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Biennale
Venice: San Marco

Every two years, Venice hosts the world's biggest and greatest exhibition of modern and contemporary art

 
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Celebrate Carnevale (Carnival) in Venice

 
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Do a deep dive on the long history of La Serenissima with an expert guide

Walking tours and other specialty tours of Venice

 
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From opera at La Fenice to concerts in churches and art-filled Renaissance fraternities

 
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Learn the art of the Bellini at aperitivo hour (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

From cookery classes to language lessons in Venice

 
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Take a cruise or private boat trip along the Grand Canal, the lagoon, or the back canals of Venice (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Take a sightseeing or dinner cruise in Venice

 
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Lace for sale at a shop on Burano (Photo by ClixYou)

Shopping for Venetian lace

 
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Enjoy vino (or the classic Venetian spritz) on a wine tour of Venice (Photo courtesy of Context Travel)

Guided wine tastings, escorted winery tours, and vineyard visits near Venice

 

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