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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Venice

Afternoon Tea at the Danieli Hotel

This landmark hotel just off Piazza San Marco is legendary for its central staircase (as seen in Casino Royale); make your way to the rooftop for a meal or tea and the best view in all of Venice.

Riva degli Schiavoni, 4196, +39 041 522 6480,
Tags: smart splurge | views | things to do

Caffe Florian

Located on Piazza San Marco, this rather overpriced spot is worth it for its live orchestra and excellent view of the square. Buy one drink they’ll let you sit for hours.

Piazza San Marco, 011-39-041-520-5641,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | views | things to do

Casino Municipale

The jacket requirement for gentlemen makes a night at the tables in this 15th-century palazzo a little more James Bond and a lot less Las Vegas.

Palazzo Vendramin Calergi, Canneregio 2040, 011-39-041-529-7111,
Tags: nightlife | historic | casino | things to do | culture

Coffee in Piazza San Marco

Don’t miss the chance to fritter away an afternoon sipping a cappuccino and enjoying the live music in this beautiful town square that Napoleon called “the drawing room of Europe.”

Caffe Quadri, Piazza San Marco 121, 011-39-041-522-2105,
Tags: family | editor pick | views | things to do | culture

Cruise the Canal in a Gondola

Official rates for gondola rides start at 80 euro ($110) for 40 minutes but haggling with the gondolieri can get you a better price. You can also book online in advance through companies like Viator ($60/person for 35 minutes; - but be prepared to share your ride with up to five strangers. To try gondolier-ing on your own, Row Venice ( offers intensive 2-hour sessions. For more suggestions on gondola rides, see our Top 10 Tourist Trap Tips.

Along the Canals,
Tags: romance | cruise | things to do | outdoors | tour

Gallerie Dell'Accademia

This world-renowned museum (Venice’s largest) houses an excellent collection of pre-18th-century art, including several must-see pieces like Titian’s Pieta, Giorgione’s Tempest, and Da Vinci’s Dorsoduro.

Campo della Carità, 011-39-041-522-2247,
Tags: art | things to do | culture | history | museum

Harry's Bar

One of the most famous spots in Italy, this clubby, comfortable, and classic joint provides your best chance of rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous in Venice; dress to impress, and order the Bellini, of course.

Calle Vallaresso, 011-39-041-528-5777,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | editor pick | lounge | things to do | bar

La Fenice

After burning to the ground several times (most recently in 1996), this resilient jewel box opera house has been restored to its former glory and continues to host seasonal opera performances.

Campo San Fantin, 011-39-041-786-562,
Tags: things to do | culture | performing arts


Since 1875 this has been one of the best leather shops in town. The buttery gloves, bags, suitcases, belts, wallets, etc. are all reasonably priced, too.

Campo San Salvador 5033, 011-39-041-523-9519
Tags: shopping | things to do | accessories


As the largest purveyor of the city’s popular papier-mâché masks, MondoNovo provides everything from the traditional teary clown to a pretty good likeness of puss ’n’ boots from Shrek

Rio Terra Canal, 011-39-041-528-7344
Tags: shopping | things to do | novelty

Palazzo Ducale

The Doges ruled the vast Venetian republic from this imposing 14th-century Italian Gothic building. Tour the Doges’ private apartments, or the room where maps and globes cataloging discoveries from explorers like Marco Polo were kept.

Piazzetta San Marco 1, 011-39-041-271-5911,
Tags: things to do | culture | architecture | history

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Overlooking the Grand Canal, this low-slung palazzo contains one of the world’s finest collections of early-20th-century modern art.

Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, 704 Dorsoduro, 011-39-041-240-5411
Tags: art | things to do | culture | history

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