Activities in Venice Italy – Cruise, Walk, Eat & Enjoy

Venice is a unique and magnificent place, and there is so much to do and see. In other articles we told you about the annual Carnival and about the top Venetian attractions — palazzos, museums, piazzas, and of course canals. Now let's discover the things to do in Venice that will not only make your visit more fun, but will create long-lasting memories.

To really appreciate Venice you have to get out on the water, and there are some fantastic activities that allow you to do just that. Yet, even with all that water, Venice is a great walking city — we love walks that take you to the best of the city as well as the little-known back streets. And Venice wouldn't be Italian without great food to discover!

Gondola Rides in Venice

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It's a floating city, built on a series of sandy islands, and it has to be seen from the water. The most iconic way to cruise the major canals and the small rios (narrower water streets) is by gondola. Hiring a gondolier on your own can be a bit of a hassle (and pricey), but we've discovered four or five activities that include gondola rides and make the whole experience a delight.

Dreamed of furthering your education? We'll also tell you about a gondola school.

8 Great Walking Tours in Venice

8 Great Walking Tours in Venice

In addition to its waterways, Venice is full of stunning piazzas (plazas, or squares), magnificent churches, and fascinating medieval streets. We love signing up for a walking tour with an expert guide who can tell us all about the sights and take us to places we would never find on our own.

Another thing we love about some of these guided walks is the skip-the-line access to places like St Mark's Basilica, where the lineup is always long. Here we present the eight greatest walking tours in Venice, including street market visits, hidden Venice, and a even an eerie ghost tour!

The Top 3 Venice Food Walking Tours

Venice Food Walking Tours

What's better than walking the street of Venice? Walking and eating the delectable Venetian food. Venice has a longstanding tradition of small wine bars that pour local wines and serve plates — counterfuls — of small appetizers called cicchetti, very much like Spanish tapas.

There are some fun food walks that introduce you to his tradition by taking you to four or five of the best bacari (the Venetian wine bars). We'll fill you in on that as well as tell you about food walks in the Jewish Ghetto and a wine and food tour at the famous Rialto Market.