11 Things to do in Venice (Italy) in 2 days – my Venice itinerary

Venice, in Italy, was a place that was on my list for ages since I was a little girl. I wanted to see this place so bad because it sounds like a real fairytale. During my 2 days in Venice I figured out, IT IS a fairytale! Out of this trip, I made my Venice itinerary to show you the best things to do in Venice in 2 days.

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Things to do in Venice in 2 days

Venice is a small city in the North of Italy and one of my favorite places in Italy. Why? Because it’s a compact and small place which is perfect for a few days to explore all of it. The place is so cute and I love the small canals, the gondolas, the food and the architecture. There is nothing not to love right?

Is this your first time in Venice? There are so many things to do in Venice so it took me a while to make the perfect planning for my trip. Don’t get me wrong, normally I don’t like to plan that much, but if you just have 2 days, you need to plan a bit.

To help you to reduce this planning part of your trip, I made a list of things I like the most during my 2 days in Venice. I always like to wander around a city without a plan so I planned to see the main sights first and the wandering afternoon at the end of day 2 of my Venice itinerary.

Day 1 – My Venice itinerary – The Highlights

1. Start your trip with breakfast at Cafe Del Doge

I wish there was a place like this at home! They sell amazing coffees and breakfast and is located in one of the charming streets in Rialto, Venice. You will experience the real hustle and bustle of the morning crowd getting their fix before going to work.

The prices are great and the service is amazing, the best way to start your day!

Location: Rialto, Calle Cinque, 609, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
Opening hours: 7am – 7pm

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2. Visit the St. Mark’s Square

This is a place you can’t miss in Venice, it’s basically the heart of Venice. From here it’s easy to visit the other sights in Venice. Make a 360 degrees panorama photo, it’s amazing!

Tip: Take the ferry from the square to:
– Peggy Guggenheim Collection Museum
– Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute
– San Giorgio Maggiore

The ferry is just 1 minute walk from the St. Mark’s Square.

BOOK A TOUR: Classical Venice 1.5 hours walking tour

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3. Enjoy the best view at Campanile di San Marco

This belltower dominates the skyline of Venice (the floating city). Worrying about climbing all these stairs? Don’t! Because you can only reach the top by elevator. From the top, you will get an amazing view of Venice. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Tip: Book your time slot in advance

Opening hours: April 16 – September 30 8:30am – 9pm (the remainder of the year reduced hours). Check there full schedule here.
Costs: €8 – €13
Note: During adverse weather conditions the campanile can be closed.

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4. Enjoy real Italian icecream at Gelato di Natura

This place has six locations in Venice. One of them is located around the corner at the San Marco Square (Piazza San Marco). This place serves amazing ice cream in lots of tastes, they even have vegan options and their cups are vegan as well!

Tip: the dark chocolate is amazing!

Location: S. Marco, 1164/a, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Opening times: 9:30am – 8pm

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5. Visit the Doge’s Palace

The Doge’s Palace is served as a residence for Doge, the seat of the government. Nowadays it’s a museum and a must to experience this place during your 2 days in Venice. The history that took place at the Doge’s Palace is amazing.

During your visit to this place, you can expect large crowds of people with a long wait line to get in. You can tour the place by yourself or book a guided tour. The last one gives you more amazing views of the city. The Doge’s Palace has some great views of Venice you don’t want to miss.

Opening hours:  April 1 to October 31 8:30am to 9pm // November 1 to March 31 8:30am to 7pm.
Cost: €25 (with audio guide €5 on top)

BOOK A TOUR: 1 hour the Doges’ Palace tour

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6. Walk at the Rialto Bridge

During you search about things to do in Venice in 2 days you definitely find this tourist site everywhere.

The bridge spans the Grand Canal in the area San Polo and is the most popular bridge of Venice. You will find lots of tourists and people who try to sell selfie sticks to make the best shots and people selling a Grand Canal cruise. From the top of the bridge, you can make an amazing shot with a view of the city and the canal.

It’s also a great place to watch the gondolas, vaporettos and ferries travelling up and down the canal.

Tip: visit this place at sunset to make an amazing photo with the best light.

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7. Go for a classical Gondola ride

This activity is maybe a bit cliché and touristy, and normally I don’t like the major tourist activities, but this one made my trip to Venice complete. The gondolas are a symbol of Venice and the view from the canals is such another view than from the streets.

If you have the time (and the money;)) I recommend to do a gondola trip!

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8. Enjoy dinner at A La Madonna

Italian food is one of my favourites so it was hard to choose where to eat in Venice and which one I should add to my 2 day Venice itinerary. A La Madonna is located in a small street near the Rialto Bridge and they serve traditional Italian food. You will find a lot of local people at this place, which I like!

My advice is to make a reservation on forehand because otherwise there is a chance you have to wait. The ambience is warm, the service is perfect and their food is amazing! Couldn’t hold myself from trying the tiramisu as well ;).

Location: Calle della Madonna, 594, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
Opening hours: 12pm – 3pm / 6:45pm – 10pm closed on Wednesdays)

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Day 2 – My Venice itinerary – Just wander…

9. Boat trip to the other islands Murano, Torcello and Burano 

The last day was all about wandering but I decided I want to explore the other islands as well. Murano, Torcello and Burano are the most famous Islands of the Venetian Islands and I booked a trip to these islands.

During this trip you will explore these 3 islands and spend 45 minutes on each island:

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Murano: Watch master glassblowers at work at a glass factory
Torcello: Enjoy the peaceful and lush island
Burano: See the chocolate-box painted houses

BOOK THIS BOAT TOUR: Glimpse of Murano, Torcello & Burano Islands (€20)

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10. Throw away your map and just wander around Venice

This is a fun part, right? Just wandering around a city gives me the feeling of freedom. But of course, you don’t want to miss the highlights of a new place right? That’s why I planned this wandering part at the end of my trip which gave me the relaxed feeling of just wandering without the rush that I had to see everything.

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Tip: if you don’t have internet on your phone, download the offline maps to avoid getting lost. All the colourful streets and canals look the same ;).

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11. Enjoy the best pizza of Venice at Pizzeria L’Angelo

Can you leave Venice without eating pizza? No right?! Pizzeria L’Angelo is one of the best places with the best pizzas. This place is located in a small cute street and they even serve vegan pizzas!

Just be aware there is no restaurant so this place is a takeaway place. It was perfect for me adding this to my Venice itinerary before heading back to the airport.

Location: Calle de la Mandola, 3711, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

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