Skip to Content

48 Hours in Venice – Where to Stay, What To Do & Where to Eat!

As the world starts to open up, please be responsible and stay safe. And if you are not ready to start exploring yet that is OK too and we've got 17 Ways to 'Travel' from Home, 40 Travel Movies to Fuel Your Wanderlust and the 30 Best Travel Books to help you see the world from your couch!

Venice. One of my favorite Italian cities, and a rival to Paris as a place for romance. Built on over 100 small islands in a marsh area of the Adriatic sea, it’s uniqueness comes from the fact there are no roads – but rather a series of waterways where boats are the only form of transportation. With its endless narrow canals and small square within the city, Venice can become a bit of a maze to the uninitiated – but I can’t think of a better place to get lost. Keep reading for tips on the best way to spend 48 Hours in Venice – Where to Stay, Top 10 Things To Do & Where to Eat!

48 Hours Venice Highlights Things

RELATED: This is the seventh stop on my ‘Europe By Rail in 25 Days‘ Tour. Click the link to find out all about it!

48 Hours in Venice: Things To Do, Where To Stay & Where To Eat

So you have a booked a weekend in Venice and don’t have a clue where to start. Well I’m here to help you pack as much as possible into 48 hours with my recommendations of where to stay, what to do and where to eat. Venice is a place I would recommend you spend 3, maybe 4 days in, but I’ll stick with my theme of what you can do in 48 hours, as time is not a luxury some people have.

RELATED: Want to read about other cities you can hit in 48 hours – and the other stops on this Eurotrip? Read my posts on AMSTERDAM, BERLIN, PRAGUE, KRAKOW, BUDAPEST and VIENNA to get you started! Or if you want to skip to another country, our guide to ISLAND HOPPING IN GREECE could be just what you need.

.

Venice highlights & top 10 Things to Do

1. Piazza San Marco

48 Hours Venice | Venice Highlights | Weekend in Venice | Top Things To Do Venice | Venice Highlights | 48 Hours Venice | Where to Stay Venice | Where to Eat Venice

Piazza San Marco is the main square in Venice and really is the heart of the city, hosting a variety of attractions including St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Campanile and the Bridge of Sighs. A great place to start any tour and handy to use as a meeting point if your group plans to split up (or gets lost!) 

.

2. St Marks Basilica

48 Hours Venice | Venice Highlights | Weekend in Venice | Top Things To Do Venice | Venice Highlights | 48 Hours Venice | Where to Stay Venice | Where to Eat Venice

A beautiful example of Italo-Byzantine architecture, the Basilica is a Roman Catholic Church open daily between 2-5pm and welcomes visitors and worshipers alike.

.

3. Doge’s Palace

48 Hours Venice | Venice Highlights | Weekend in Venice | Top Things To Do Venice | Venice Highlights | 48 Hours Venice | Where to Stay Venice | Where to Eat Venice

A Palace built in the Venetian Gothic style, its popularity has increased with the offering of it’s Secret Itineraries Tours

.

4. Bridge of Sighs

48 Hours Venice Highlights | 48 Hours Venice | Where to Stay Venice | Where to Eat Venice

The enclosed bridge was built out of white limestone in 1600 and connects the prison with the interrogation rooms in Doge’s Palace. Legend has it that the Bridge of Sighs was so called because the prisoners sighed at the beauty of the view of Venice as the last thing they saw before being taken to their cells.

.

5. Rialto Bridge 

48 Hours Venice Highlights | 48 Hours Venice | Where to Stay Venice | Where to Eat Venice

One of the landmarks of Venice, the Rialto Bridge is one of only 4 bridges that span the Grand Canal. It is the oldest and was originally the dividing line between the districts of San Marco and San Polo.

.

6. Ride a Gondola on the Grand Canal

Weekend Venice Guide | 48 Hours Venice | Where to Stay Venice | Where to Eat Venice | Top Things To Do Venice

The ultimate in touristy things to do – we managed to score a ride in a gondola for 1 Euro!! (Unwittingly ended up in the middle of a tour group who had a gondola ride included and only asked for tips at the end! We would have put in more than a Euro but it would have got us caught as everyone else was putting in one or none!) Ordinarily a pricey activity, it is a must do when in Venice.

.

7. Santa Maria Della Salute

48 Hours Venice | Where to Stay Venice | Where to Eat Venice

Commonly referred to as La Salute, Santa Maria Della Salute (Basilica of St. Mary of Health) is one of Venice’s largest churches and has the status of minor Basilica. Located at the point where the Grand Canal and Bacino De San Marco. 

.

8. San Marco Campanile

48 Hours Venice | Where to Stay Venice | Where to Eat Venice

For the best view above Piazza San Marco and over the Grand Canal, head to the top of Campanile – at 98m high it offers the perfect vantage point and is well worth the climb.

RELATED: Already hit the main tourist sites? Head to the Libreria Acqua Alta Bookstore – the cities most famous bookshop.

 

9. Drink a Bellini in Harry’s Bar

48 Hours Venice | Venice Highlights | Weekend in Venice | Top Things To Do Venice | Venice Highlights | 48 Hours Venice | Where to Stay Venice | What to Eat Venice

(c) http://www.cipriani.com/

If you are looking for a little bit of celebrity spotting, look no further than Harry’s Bar – and whilst you’re there you have to try their signature cocktail – the Bellini. A mix of prossecco and peach, it is regarded as the best champagne cocktail – even though it’s not made with champagne!

RELATED: Already ticked Venice off your list? How about Milan next? Read: Top Things to Do in Milan

.

10. Visit Murano/Burano

48 Hours Venice | Venice Highlights | Weekend in Venice | Top Things To Do Venice | Venice Highlights | 48 Hours Venice | Where to Stay Venice | What to Eat Venice

Famous for it’s lace and colored houses, it lies just a couple of miles north of Venice itself.  Pretty as a picture, it is worth the boat ride (or you could take a half day tour if you prefer!)

RELATED: Heading to Italy but don’t know what to take? Our Italy Packing list has got a few hints and tips.

 

where to stay: 

With so many beautiful hotel and apartment options throughout Venice and the surrounding areas, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. To help you out I’ve picked my favorite places in each price category. So whatever your budget – there’s something here to suit everyone! Scroll though my options for Where to stay and pick your favorite. And if you’re looking for a backpacker hostel in Venice read this post.

Venice Luxury Hotel Stays

Hilton Molino Stucky


Featuring a stunning rooftop pool with sweeping city and canal views, this unique hotel is set in a refurbished flour mill and boasts the largest wellness centre in Venice. It is a short walk from Stazione Marittima, providing guests with an ideal base when visiting Venice.
Like more info? Click to Read Trip Advisor Reviews

Metropole Venice


Overlooking Venetian Lagoon, Metropole Hotel Venice is the ideal base for guests looking to venture out to the renowned shopping area in Venice. This elegant hotel is an ideal choice for discovering local vineyards as it is located in the Veneto Wine Region.
Like more info? Click to Read Trip Advisor Reviews

Hotel Danieli


Overlooking Venice Lagoon, Hotel Danieli is a legendary hotel 200 m from St. Mark's Square. Each room is spacious and finely furnished. The staff provides an unmatchable service.
Like more info? Click to Read Trip Advisor Reviews

.

Venice Mid Range Hotel Stays

BB Venezia



Located within walking distance of San Toma Waterbus Station, this comfortable bed and breakfast is an ideal base for those wanting to explore Venice and its surrounds. It is ideally positioned for those wanting to sightsee in the area.
Like to know more? Click to Read Trip Advisor Reviews

Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo


Situated under a 20-minute walk from Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station, Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo offers guests a convenient base when in Venice. It is conveniently positioned for guests wanting to visit local attractions.
Like to know more? Click to Read Trip Advisor Reviews

Arcadia


Less than a 20-minute walk from Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station, Arcadia Hotel Venice offers guests an ideal base while in Venice. This elegant hotel is an ideal choice for exploring the local vineyards as it is situated in the Veneto Wine Region.
Like to know more? Click to Read Trip Advisor Reviews

.

Venice Budget Hotel Stays

Ca'Barba B&B


Ca' Barba B&B is located in Venice and is close to local sightseeing spots, such as Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. It is conveniently positioned for guests wishing to discover the area's attractions.
Like to know more? Click to Read Trip Advisor Reviews

CimaRosa Venezia


Located within walking distance of Venezia Santa Lucia Railway Station, this comfortable bed and breakfast is a convenient base for those wanting to discover Venice and its surrounds. It is moments from Ca' Pesaro, eateries and nightlife options. It is also within a 20-minute walk of San Toma Waterbus Station, which allows convenient access in and around Venice.
Like to know more? Click to Read Trip Advisor Reviews

Residenza de L'Osmarin Venezia


Conveniently located, Residenza De L'Osmarin allows for easy access to Venice's popular tourist attractions. It provides luggage storage and a safe, and is a short stroll from St Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco.
Like to know more? Click to Read Trip Advisor Reviews

.

Where to Eat

For a ‘normal everyday feed’ I’d recommend staying away from Piaza San Marco and the main strip in that area – food tends to be of average quality and grossly overpriced! Instead wander into the backstreets and look for small, family run style cafes – that aren’t full to the brim with holiday makers.
For a more fancy, upmarket meal, Al Covino (small restaurant with a short three course menu (approx 40E) and local organic wines) and Boccadoro (awesome fresh pasta and home grown veggies) are great choices.

And for some afternoon drinking and grazing there is also Cantina Do Mori – located near the Rialto Bridge which is Venice’s oldest wine bar (and looks like it!) But is full of old world charm and a great selection of wines. And around the corner from there – for when you need some bread and antipasto to soak up the wine – is All’Arco: its usually standing room only but fight your way through to the counter from some beautiful breads heaped with prosciutto or truffle laced cheese! Just Divine!

 .

So there you have it – my top picks and highlights for 48 hours in Venice! Let me know if I have included your favorite spots – and let me know if there are any that I’ve missed!

READY FOR MORE? Our next stops are FLORENCE & PISA – Click through to read more!

Oh, and don’t forget, if you liked this post please click the pin button on the share bar  – I would really appreciate it ?

48 Hours Venice | Venice Highlights | Weekend in Venice | Top Things To Do Venice | Venice Highlights | 48 Hours Venice | Where to Stay Venice | What to Eat Venice   Venice Travel Guide | 48 Hours Venice | Where to Stay Venice | Where to Eat Venice

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )
Join over 300,000 travel lovers and get monthly updates direct to your inbox. Itineries, tips, stories and giveaways - exclusive to MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld subscribers! PLUS a FREE Travel Packing Checklist or FREE Roadtrip Packing List to help get you on the road!
We hate spam too. Your email address will not shared with anyone else.
[48 Hours Venice Highlights Things
48 Hours Venice Highlights Thingsopt    48 Hours Venice Highlights Things
48 Hours Venice Highlights Things

_____________________________________________________________________________

[efb_likebox fanpage_url=”maketimetoseetheworld” box_width=”350″ box_height=”320″ locale=”en_GB” responsive=”0″ show_faces=”1″ show_stream=”0″ hide_cover=”0″ small_header=”0″ hide_cta=”0″ ]  MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

48 Hours in Venice – Where to Stay, What To Do & Where to Eat! was last modified: by
Motorbikes in South East Asia - Where 2 wheels are better than 4!
← Previous
The Ultimate Overland Budget African Safari
Next →

Majorie Diese

Monday 17th of February 2020

This blog about 48 Hours in Venice - Where to Stay, What To Do & Where to Eat! has helped me a lot, is very well written. Kiss you All!

Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad

Thursday 12th of October 2017

Great post! And good job on scoring a cheap gondola ride! Haha. I'm visiting Venice in a couple of weeks and can't wait!

Vicki

Friday 13th of October 2017

Thank you! I hope you have a great time!

Swati & Sam (The tales of a traveler )

Monday 27th of February 2017

Lovely post as always. I like the entire template of your posts. East to read and refer while planning.

Coming to the post, 1 euro for the ride that was damn cheap. Venice is on the cards for us, even we are scouting for places that could be done in 48 hours as we work full time and travel is a passion. Your posts are going to be really helpful planning our itinerary and stay.

Vicki

Monday 27th of February 2017

Thanks guys! I hope you get to visit Venice soon - it's a beautiful place!

Jean

Wednesday 25th of January 2017

My kinda 48 hours! See ALL the amazing things.

Vicki

Thursday 26th of January 2017

That's how I like it :-D Action packed!

Danielle

Saturday 17th of December 2016

I LOVE Venice. It has such a romantic quality about it. These are all great places to visit, however, I like taking an afternoon and just walking through the city. Its fun to get a little lost and see what life is like away for the tourist destinations.

Vicki

Saturday 17th of December 2016

Thanks Danielle - I totally agree: getting lost in Venice is part of the fun!