Are you planning a seven-day trip to Venice?

In this article you will find a list of all the must-see places to visit of the lagoon.

In fact, a week is ideal to find and enjoy the most magical places of the floating city par excellence, without missing out on a visit to the colorful cities of Murano and Burano.

The cardinal point of Venice is the famous Piazza San Marco with the homonymous Basilica. In the past the most important fairs and tournaments in the Maritime Republic were held here, while today you can find bars and restaurants where you can stop to enjoy the view. You cannot miss the visit of the Basilica of San Marco in Romanesque-Gothic and Byzantine style. And entry is free!

A few steps from Piazza San Marco is Palazzo Ducale, the ancient seat of the highest office of the Serenissima, the doge. Following several fires, the structure has been completely renovated. If you plan to visit one of the major historical symbols of Venice, the timetable is as follows: from April 1st to October 31st 8.30am – 7.00pm, and from November 1st to March 31st 8.30am – 5.30pm.

What to see in Venice in a week: bridges and museums

The characteristic that distinguishes Venice most of all is that it rises in the midst of a tangle of canals, one more fascinating than the other. The most famous is the Canalazzo, better known as the Grand Canal: in the shape of an S, it divides Venice in two, crossing it for four long kilometers. To fully appreciate the beauty of the Grand Canal we suggest you leave from the Santa Lucia train station and then reach Piazza San Marco. If you want to go around the city with an alternative method you could do it on board a gondola: look at the prices!

The canals of the Serenissima are connected through various bridges. Although 354 in total, those who grab the most of the tourist photos are the Rialto Bridge and the legendary bridge of the “Sighs”.While the former is older and was once, and still is, the place where the famous Rialto market is held, the Bridge of “Sighs” is instead renowned for the sighs of prisoners who fell into despair after observing for the last time the city before being locked up.

If you are interested in pictorial art, another unmissable place to visit is the Peggy Guggenheim Museum where you can closely observe some of the works of artists of the first half of 1900 such as Kandinsky, Picasso, Duchamp, Brancusi, de Chirico, and Pollock. Renaissance art dominates instead inside the Gallerie dell’Accademia, where you can admire the works of Veronese, Giorgione, Tintoretto, Tiziano, Mantegna, and others.

Second only to that of San Marco is the Basilica dei Frari of Venice: there are several works that are inside it including some of Titian. The painter is buried right here, in the same place where the sculptor Antonio Canova lies. The last important artistic stage is the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, decorated over 24 years by Tintoretto and his students, who created a series of large paintings depicting biblical episodes and the life of Christ.

What to see in Venice in a week: the surroundings

However, if you’re not an art lover and prefer the breathtaking and spectacular views and especially if you love the beach then Venice Lido is what you need. If you have already visited everything that we have recommended and still have a few days left, we suggest you go for a tour of the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. They are very characteristic places with a magical atmosphere and colorful houses. Time stops there!  If you want to book a tour of the Venice lagoon, including the islands, click here:

What would you add to your 7-day tour in Venice? Let us know in the comments!

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