Beautiful, crumbling Venice enchants millions of visitors every year who come to see its iconic sights and experience its unique atmosphere. But what is an absolute must-do in the city of bridges?
We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top tips on what is unmissable in Venice. Here's what you told us...
Travel by water
Michael Krimus says:
Ride a gondola.
Claire Bryden says:
If I had to choose one thing that's unmissable, I'd recommend taking a river taxi (way cheaper than a gondola) across the water as the sun is dipping in the sky, late afternoon. The light is unimaginably beautiful. You can really see why Renaissance painters used such vivid colours when depicting Venetian scenes.
Oswaldo Jaimes says:
Ride in the gondola.
Rachel Lulay says:
End-to-end vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal. Best and cheapest way to see what is so spectacular about Venice.
Monika Niedbala says:
For sure a gondola and water taxi ride is a must.
Spend the day on Burano and Murano
Diane Lee says:
Take a boat trip to Burano Island and spend the day wandering around. Especially good for photographers.
Anna Kalmius says:
Murano and Burano islands. First one is famous for Murano glass, second one is famous for Burano lace. Girls, be careful - you can completely lost your minds and buy tons of these wonderful art crafts (as I've actually done).
Renata Buarque says:
A visit on the islands Burano and Murano. Burano was a wonderful surprise. Its colourful houses, nice food, pleasant and beautiful narrow streets... Go visit it!
Alex Nino says:
Manou Willems says:
Don’t forget Murano.
Dani Fuenzalida Sat Kirtan K says:
Visiting Murano (amazing glass work and live workers) amid the beautiful colours of the little island of Burano.
Nicole Brewer says:
You shouldn't miss the islands of Burano and Murano to see the infamous glass being made.
Catch the view at Piazza San Marco
Hugues Lavergne says:
Climb the Campanile on front of the Plaza St Marco. With that you'll be able to have a nice view of Venice with the Plaza St-Marco. Perfect for pictures!
Norma Herrera says:
San Marcos Plaza!
Ana Filipa Luz says:
You shouldn't miss lying down by the water and the Doge's Palace at six in the morning, watching the sun rise and the complete silence in Piazza San Marco! The best time to check the most crowded place in Venice!
Misæl Baldizøn says:
Piazzale di San Marco.
Noura Sharaf says:
Shouldn’t miss listening to the beautiful music at Piazza San Marco at night and why not even dance with your partner.
Heidi Skedebäck says:
The Basilica and Piazza di San Marco.
Thomas M Lanzetta says:
Get lost wandering the small alleys/streets.
Dennis Daniel Digal says:
Get lost within its labyrinth alleys.
Shannon Patrick O'Connor says:
You have to see the major sites. You have to see Doge's Palace and San Marco Square, but the best advice that I was given by a local resident... 'Get lost.' Put the map away and spend a day trying to get lost in Venice. Get off the main path and realize that everyday Italian families live and work in Venice. I spent an entire day 'getting lost' in Venice... and it was one of my best days ever.
Melissa Paulik says:
Walking around aimlessly, getting lost. Don't stick to the guide books.
L Michele Martin says:
Wandering off the beaten path while eating gelato.
Melissa Teh Sze Yee says:
Get lost in Venice!
Jodi Peters says:
Talking to people and playing with their cute little dogs after getting lost on yet another lovely walk over tiny bridges and small alleys. The real neighbourhoods are magical.
MayMay Ng says:
Donald Thomson says:
Just getting lost walking the streets and alleys. It's amazing what you find. Just get lost, you'll eventually find the Grand Canal.
Melissa Marcoux says:
The best way to discover Venice is to get lost in it... it isn't hard to do!
Candy Treft says:
Shoe Gal says:
Just walk around the corridors and squares. Let lost you will find hidden treasures. Such a great place.
Lay Kin says:
Getting lost in its maze of alleys is real fun.. there are always surprises in Venice.
Thalita Braga Persson da Silva says:
You can't miss to cross the Rialto bridge and of course to get lost walking through narrow streets and crossing channels finding amazing old shops, cafeterias, restaurants, gelato shops, museums, churches, piazzas with street artists playing instruments, and finally you will get to St Mark's Square.
Andreia Pinheiro says:
Venice is my favourite city and Cannaregio is the most Venetian neighbourhood, where you don't bump into a crowd of tourists. The quiet daily life away from the centre. A beautiful view to the Adriatic, the guetho and the grandmas chit-chatting while taking care of their grandsons that play in the hidden piazzas! Not to mention that you can find cheaper places to eat.
Paint your own mask
Carrie Shoultz says:
I painted my own mask which was actually really fun. My mom paid for it through a tour company website because she wanted one - I thought it would be stupid and touristy - but I was with an awesome group of artists - and it ended up being really fun.
Eat all the gelato
Vinicius Santos says:
I shouldn't miss the gelatos. Just amazing!
Geovy Alexandra says:
Ice cream! The best I have tried in my life!