Venice is a majestic city with a long history and priceless cultural heritage. While it would take a lifetime to get to know the ins and the outs of the city, what should you see in Venice Italy in 2 days?
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Day 1: St Mark’s Square and Castello
Your starting point is St. Mark’s Square. You’ll need to allow at least half of your day to see the interior of the Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and the Correr Museum. The Basilica is free, and the Palazzo and the museum have entrance fees (but with plenty of chances to get reduced fairs). After that, take a walk along the Riva degli Schiavoni (a beautiful waterfront walk) up to Giardini and Sant’Elena, where you can relax in the park. Read a book, enjoy the sunshine! Then you can walk across one of the liveliest districts in the city, Castello, where you can get a taste of how Venetians live today.
Day 2 Morning: Rialto
On your second day, go to Rialto, one of the oldest zones in the city. There’s a famous stone bridge built in 1591, and you’ll find a bustling market area all around it. The stalls are filled with the freshest fruits and vegetables and attract all the locals. Locals also swarm to the fish market for the best catches. While you’re there, purchase some local food and enjoy a walk around the area. Rialto has also been the primary shopping and market area of the city for a long time -it was here that the merchants all around the world set their stall and made business- and it is still lively and packed with all sorts of shops.
Day 2 Afternoon: Accademia
In the afternoon, walk from Rialto to the Accademia. You’ll find the entrance to the Gallerie dell’Accademia right across from the wooden bridge that crosses the Grand Canal. The museum keeps an arsenal of Venetian masterpieces by painters like Carpaccio, Giorgione, and Titian. Some of Leonardo DaVinci’s drawings are also located there, including the famous Vitruvian Man that is on display periodically. In this area, you’ll also find other world-renowned institutions like the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Punta della Dogana Museum. From Accademia Bridge, we also suggest you walk along Fondamenta Nania and stop in front of Squero di San Travaso, a famous place where gondolas are built and repaired. A few steps aware, you’ll find Zattere, where you can enjoy wonderful sunsets on Canale della Giudecca. Take a seat at Nico’s for some gelato and enjoy his famous Giandiotto.
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