Things to do in Venice
See three major sights in one square: Standing in the middle of the magnificent piazza San Marco is an experience in itself. Napoleon referred to it as the ‘drawing room of Europe, apt today as, at times, it appears that much of Europe's population crammed into this great square.
Get around in Gondola: No trip to Venice would be complete without a punt down one of the city's picturesque waterways in an iconic gondola. Gliding through serene waters, while serenaded by gondolier, against the stunning backdrop of Baroque buildings is an experience you won't soon forget.
Get a bird's-eye view of Venice: At almost 99m, the Campanile is the city's tallest building, originally built between 888 and 912. The view is superb, taking in the Lido, the whole lagoon and the Dolomites in the distance.
Get Lost: Wander without an itinerary away from the main sights to see authentic Venice. Try the long, sunny expanses of Cannaregio, the boatyards and neighborhood shops of San Pietro di Castello, the warren of narrow streets in Santa Croce. Cross some of the hundreds of bridges; spot commemorative emblems on houses; pass through lanes so narrow you have to walk sideways.