Venice in 3 days: what to see and do
Are 3 days in Venice enough to see everything you should see? Unfortunately not, but it’s better than not coming at all!
Venice is a complicated and fascinating city at the same time, probably you’ll spend the first day understanding how not to get lost around its streets, and what public transportation to take to reach the Doge’s Palace.
However, if you follow our suggestions, you won’t waste your 3 days in Venice strolling around without seeing all those things you’ve planned to visit.
Let’s start with the itinerary we prepared for you, to visit Venice in 3 days and get the most of it!
Spend your first day in Venice is getting accustomed to the city. We suggest buying the Venice City pass – called Venezia Unica – to get around easily and get some discounts for several museums in the city.
We wrote an article about the things you can do in Venice, including all the must-see attractions, you can take inspiration from, but for the first day we recommend to stopping by St. Mark’s Square at least, and paying a visit to the Basilica of the same name.
You can also follow our one-day itinerary in Venice on our blog.
If you’re visiting Venice in summer, you certainly can’t miss the Biennale and since it’s going to be a long visit according to the number of pavilions open every year, you might want to split the visit in two days – one for the Giardini, and the other for the Arsenale one.
Of course, on your first day, you’ll also want to see one of the most iconic bridges in Venice – the Rialto Bridge, as well as the nearby Rialto fish market.
And what about a gondola ride? Here the best gondola rides you can choose from!
Cannaregio, the district where our hotel is located, is full of things to see and do, so our suggestion for your second day in Venice would be exploring around here
In particular, the Venice Jewish Ghetto is a place where you can spend at least half a day, visiting its synagogues and eating some traditional food in a typical kosher restaurant.
There are many things to see in Cannaregio, that we have summarized in the “2-days Venice” article, but we would like to give you some more tips here anyway.
For example, we recommend visiting the Santa Maria dei Miracoli Church, which is just 15 minutes from our hotel, also known as the “marble church” because of its beautiful colored marble facade. Another thing to do, especially if you love the Venetian painter Tintoretto, is seeing his house. To be honest, you won’t actually see the house, but a sign that tells you exactly where it was, and where Tintoretto had his studio.
If you’re planning to spend 3 days in Venice, but you want to take advantage of your time to check out another historical city in the Veneto region, you might consider going to Verona.
Going from Venice to Verona on a one-day trip is absolutely possible. You can take the train from St. Lucia Station, just 8 minutes from our hotel, leaving your luggage there before departure and collecting it when you’re back.
On the other hand, if you prefer staying in town, visiting St. Giorgio island and seeing Venice from the top of its bell tower could be a good idea.
Would you like another option? Wake up early and watch the sunrise from the Accademia Bridge. Then, after a tasty breakfast, you could visit the Accademia Gallery, full of amazing Venetian paintings.